Omar has over 15 years of experience formally advising applicants in admissions and academic teaching, for which he has received many awards. He was as a member of the Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid at Brown University, and subsequently an undergraduate admissions interviewer. In addition, he was an admissions committee member and interviewer at Harvard Medical School. He has extensive experience advising on all steps of the application process (application targeting and strategy, resumes, personal statement, recommendations, interview preparation, wait-lists).
As an admissions consultant and advocate, his confidence-building and enthusiastic approach is customized to individual needs and values. Omar provides honest feedback, helps focus on strengths and contextualize weaknesses, and supports his students in achieving their personal goals. He takes great pride in the success of his students, the vast majority of whom have been fortunate to be placed in elite programs of their choice.
Omar has expertise in medicine, global health, social science (anthropology, psychology, sociology, political science), and the humanities (philosophy, ethics/law, religion, bioethics), and since 2010 has been a faculty member at Harvard University. He is in the Departments of Global Health and Social Medicine and Anthropology at Harvard University, and the Program in Psychiatry and the Law at Harvard. Previously, he was an Instructor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He is also Co-Director of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, American Unit for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Omar is interested in all aspects of the intersection of biomedical sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. His research investigates empirical as well as normative questions at the intersections of medicine, global health, social science, law, ethics, and religion.
He graduated from Brown University (3.97 GPA; magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honors Society) with a Sc.B. in Neuroscience and an A.B. in Religious Studies (with honors), as well as a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary social sciences (Anthropology, Psychology, Religion). He received the James Manning Medal, Harvey A. Baker Award (given to 5 graduating students for academic excellence), Judge Alfred H. Joslin Award (to one student in the graduating class for public leadership and service), and was selected to the All-USA College Academic Team, was awarded a Tylenol Scholarship (given to 40 graduate students in the United States), the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship (awarded to 39 college graduates in the United States out of 1,200+ nominees), and a Leadership and Service Award from Big Brothers of America.
Omar graduated from Harvard Divinity School (full tuition merit scholarship) with an M.T.S., and from Harvard Medical School with an M.D. (with honors) with scholarly concentration in Medical Ethics. At Harvard Medical School, he was a member of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Society, received the Michael Crichton Fellowship in Medical Anthropology, the Louis E. Kirstein Research Fellowship from the Division of Medical Ethics, the Donald J. Cohen Fellowship in Child Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Richard C. Cabot Prize in the History of Medicine/Medical Education.
He pursued postdoctoral research fellowships at Harvard in the the Department of Anthropology and Global Health and Social Medicine with Professor Arthur Kleinman, and in the Department of Psychology at Harvard with Professor Steven Pinker, and clinical training at the Department of Psychiatry at Brown University (where he received the first place prize for residents at Mind/Brain Research Day), and at the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School.
For over 15 years, at Harvard and Brown, Omar has taught across many disciplines, including in the Departments/Schools of Biology, Neuroscience, Medicine, Global Health and Social Medicine, Anthropology, Psychology, Law, Political Science, and Religion, and he has received a number of awards for his teaching and mentoring, including receiving five times a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University.
He has been supported by a number of awards, grants and fellowships, including from Americorps, the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Nancy Lurie Marks Foundation, Tylenol Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard Pluralism Project, John Templeton Foundation, USA Today, Harvard Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative.
Omar has co-authored and co-edited two books published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Psychiatric Ethics and the Rights of Persons with Mental Disabilities in Institutions and the Community; The Ethics of Pharmaceutical Industry Influence in Medicine), and he has published over 30 scholarly articles, including in top scholarly journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (JPSP), as well as popular articles for Scientific American, Wired Magazine, and The New Republic. He has was selected to participate in the Aspen Institute Health Forum and the Yale Global Leaders Summit.
Dr. Haque's work has been presented at dozens of international scholarly conferences in the social sciences, medicine, psychiatry, global health, law, philosophy, religion, and bioethics, and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and, among others, at Harvard, Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, and Oxford Universities.
His work and ideas have been covered in a number of international media venues, including Science Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, NPR, New York Magazine, Boston Globe, Harvard Magazine, Harvard Gazette, USA Today, ABC News, BBC, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, Psychology Today, and the Washington Post. In 2012, he was profiled in the Boston Globe.
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