There are a number of training programs, funding opportunities, and post-doctoral fellowships for students interested in decision science across Harvard University. There are also informal opportunities for projects, internships, mentorship, and networking.
General Resources at Harvard
Harvard Catalyst | Harvard Clinical and Translational Science. Established in 2008, the Catalyst fosters collaboration and provides tools, training, and technologies to clinical and translational investigators. A shared enterprise of Harvard University, the Catalyst works with Harvard schools and the academic hospitals to support an environment where discoveries are rapidly and efficiently translated to improve human health. Resources are made freely available to all Harvard faculty and trainees, regardless of institutional affiliation or academic degree. Opportunities for trainees and faculty include pilot funding, biostatistics consultations, access to educational programs and courses, and data collection tools instruments.
Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University (GHELI). GHELI fosters and evaluates new pedagogical tools and instructional strategies that bridge disciplinary fields, educational spaces, and groups of learners. The Incubator maintains a digital repository of global health teaching resources, publicly available and open access. The website features interdisciplinary perspectives on rotating themes in global health, as well as a selection of educational and experimental videos produced in the learning studios. The Incubator offers competitive internships for undergraduate and graduate students. Workshops and seminars related to global health teaching and learning are also offered, including training opportunities for global health teaching fellows.
The Bernard Lown Scholars in Cardiovascular Health Program
David E. Bell Fellowship
Ethical Issues in Global Health Research Fellowship
Fellowship in Cancer Prevention Control
Interdisciplinary Training in Genes and the Environment
Liberty Mutual-Harvard School of Public Health Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Occupational Injury and Disability Research
Occupational & Environmental Medicine Residency
Parker B. Francis Fellowship Program in Pulmonary Research
Postdoctoral Fellowships in Biostatistics
Sloan Fellowship on Aging and Work
Takemi Fellowship Program
Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Research Training Grants
Harvard University T32 HIV Research Training Program. The goal of the T32 HIV Research training program is to train MD and PhD investigators for careers in HIV research. Pre- and post-doctoral positions are available annually. Potential areas of investigation include all areas of HIV/AIDS research, ranging from the laboratory to the clinic. Funding is generally available for two years. Most relevant for trainees in decision science is the Harvard T32 grant concentrating on clinical epidemiology and outcomes research (P.I. Kenneth Freedberg). The grant covers salary or stipend, travel to professional meetings, and other training-related expenses, and tuition for the Program in Clinical Effectiveness at Harvard School of Public Health or PhD coursework for selected fellows. Applicants must be nominated by a mentor who is an independently funded investigator.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and DFCI Prevention Fellowship. This joint program between the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) draws on the teaching, scientific research, and field activities of Harvard Chan, the clinical resources of the DFCI, and the shared laboratory and scientific facilities of both institutions to form the basis for a comprehensive education program in cancer prevention and control. The National Cancer Institute funds this program. To be eligible, applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. The program will accommodate one physician pursuing a degree, three post-doctoral researchers, and six pre-doctoral positions. The training focuses on three core components: (1) specialized curriculum, (2) other didactic experiences tailored to fellow’s needs and interests, and (3) research experiences.
Harvard T32 Clinical Orthopedic and Musculoskeletal Training (COMET) Program. This program is housed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. The program is intended to train highly qualified pre and postdoctoral trainees in rigorous clinical research methodology to address pressing problems relating to orthopedic and musculoskeletal disorders. Pre- and post-doctoral positions are available annually. The range of methodologies suitable for support is wide, ranging from epidemiology, biostatistics, economics, pharmacoepidemiology, biomechanics, policy modeling, behavioral research and much in between. The training grant covers salary or stipend, travel to professional meetings, and other training-related expenses. The predoctoral award includes a tuition stipend for PhD candidates. Applicants must be nominated by a mentor who is an independently funded investigator.
Centers and Institutes
Center for Outcomes & Policy Research. The Center for Outcomes and Policy Research (COPR) at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute aims to enhance the experiences and outcomes of patients through rigorous research on health outcomes and policy. Investigators assess the clinical efficacy, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions to prevent and treat cancer.
Decision Systems Group. The Decision Systems Group (DSG) at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital conducts research in computer-based decision support, information retrieval, clinical information systems, image-based reasoning, bioinformatics, and machine learning applications, including the development of algorithms, software environments, and computer-based tools.
Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. The Harvard Center for Risk Analysis (HCRA) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health conducts state-of-the-art research, educates the next generation of leaders in risk analysis, and encourages public discourse about risk topics to improve decisions about environmental health and other risks.
Harvard Decision Science Laboratory. The Harvard Decision Science Laboratory at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government is an advanced research facility that creates and supports a community of scholars working in the many intersecting areas of Decision Science. They provide a critical resource to researchers from across Harvard University.
Health Decision Sciences Center. The Health Decision Sciences Center (HDSC) at the Massachusetts General Hospital is committed to improving the quality of decisions made by patients and health care providers. Research focuses on developing, implementing, and evaluating decision aids and decision quality measures to support shared decision-making in medical encounters.
Institute for Quantitative Social Science. The Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at the Harvard Faculty of Arts & Sciences builds cutting edge social science infrastructure to foster a flourishing community of social scientists. They have established large-scale Harvard-wide partnerships to develop expertise and products such as the Harvard Dataverse and the Applied Statistics Workshop series.
Institute for Technology Assessment. The Institute for Technology Assessment (ITA) at the Massachusetts General Hospital conducts research to guide the development, evaluation and utilization of technologies that improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of medical care. Areas of focus include decision analysis, economic evaluation, and health-related quality of life.
Moral Psychology Research Lab. The Moral Psychology Research Lab at the Harvard Faculty of Arts & Sciences investigates how people learn and make decisions in social contexts, particularly focusing on moral judgment and decision making. They use methods that include surveys, economic games, functional neuroimaging, and computational modeling.
Prevention Policy Modeling Lab. The Prevention Policy Modeling Lab at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health models the health impact, costs and cost-effectiveness of infectious disease treatment & prevention programs in the U.S., incorporating evidence-based prevention strategies, emphasizing cross-cutting initiatives, and producing results that can be operationalized within healthcare and other sectors.