Options in Medical Sciences, Short Course

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Harvard Summer School offers several open-enrollment courses, specialized in Medical Sciences, in such fields as ''Principles of Genetics'', ''Imaging in Biology'' and ''Principles of Embryonic Development: A Science of Becoming''.


Please note, that the content, schedule, delivery format, availability and costs of Summer School Courses in Medical Sciences may be subject to change.

For the most up to date information, please visit the Harvard Summer School’s course options website.

For instance, you can take the following courses:
Principles of Genetics

This course focuses on transmission and molecular genetics. Topics include chromosome structure and replication, genetic linkage and mapping, regulation of gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, epigenetics, genetic mutation, genetics of cancer, and the principles of genetic engineering. The course makes use of bioinformatics to explore gene function, and pertinent applications of bioinformatics and genetics to modern biological problems are discussed.

Imaging in Biology

From the basic microscopes used by Robert Hooke when he coined the phrase "cell" to Rosalind Franklin's X-ray diffraction images used to explain the DNA double helix structure, imaging technologies have enabled scientists to make amazing biological discoveries. This course explores the historical development of various modern optical imaging techniques, their underlying mechanisms based in physics, their applications in biomedical research, and the advantages and limitations of each technique. Students learn to apply various forms of optical imaging to different biological samples and use computer-based image analysis software to extract relevant information from images.

Principles of Embryonic Development: A Science of Becoming

Where do babies come from? The real answer is much more interesting than the usual parental response. This course introduces fundamental mechanisms in embryonic development as well as classical experiments and recent breakthroughs that have advanced the field of developmental biology. Unlike traditional lecture-based courses, the class time of this course serves as a platform for group discussions interspersed with short lectures.

Registration opens March 1, 2017 for the following three summer sessions:
  • Seven-week session: June 17–August 5, 2017
  • Three-week session I: June 17–July 7, 2017
  • Three-week session II: July 9–July 28, 2017

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Please note, that the content, schedule, delivery format, availability and costs of Summer School Courses in Medical Sciences may be subject to change.

For the most up to date information, please visit the Harvard Summer School’s program website.

For instance, you can take the following courses:
  • Introductory Biology
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Principles and Techniques of Molecular Biology
  • Principles of Genetics
  • Neurobiology
  • Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
  • The Biology of Cancer
  • Imaging in Biology
  • Principles of Embryonic Development: A Science of Becoming
  • Developmental and Regenerative Biology
  • Medical Genomics and Genetics
  • General Chemistry
  • Principles of Organic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Experimental Chemistry
  • Principles of Physics: Mechanics
  • Principles of Physics: Electromagnetism, Circuits, Waves, Optics, and Imaging

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Study abroad program directors look for mature, academically motivated students who are willing to broaden their horizons, experience a challenge, and grow as a person.

Who can apply

Harvard study abroad programs are selective. To apply, students must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have completed at least one year of college or be a first-year student
  • Be in good academic standing

All programs are limited enrollment.

How to apply

For all programs, application requires a completed online application, including a statement of interest in the program, a nonrefundable $50 application fee, and a transcript. Some programs may require additional application materials and interviews.

English Language Requirements

English is the language of instruction at Harvard Summer School. If your native language is not English, you must provide proof of English proficiency, unless you are an admitted degree candidate in Harvard College, the Harvard Extension School, or a Harvard graduate or professional school.

Visa Requirements

The F-1 student visa is the appropriate visa for you if your main reason for coming to the United States is to attend a Harvard Summer School session on campus.

To be issued the F-1 student visa, you must first obtain the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility from Harvard Summer School.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • USD 3050 International
  • USD 3050 National
Tuition fee:
  • 3050 USD 4 credit course
  • 6100 USD 8 credit course


StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.