Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program (MHIRT)

University of California-Irvine
Irvine, CA.
Type Basic Science Research, Clinical Research, Global Health, Health Disparities


The Minority Science Programs (MSP) in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) announces the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT), funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program offers international research training opportunities to qualified undergraduate, graduate students who are from groups underrepresented in basic science, biomedical, clinical or behavioral health research career fields. MHIRT provides international research training for the purpose of: Encouraging undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented populations to pursue careers in biomedical and/or behavioral health research fields.

Broadening the research efforts and scientific training of undergraduate, graduate students from underrepresented populations to encompass international health issues Assisting undergraduate, graduate students from underrepresented populations to participate in U.S. and international faculty collaborative research initiatives that address minority health or health disparities in the United States and globally.
MHIRT participants receive research training during the summer and participate in original data collection at prestigious international research institutions in Spain, United Kingdom and Mexico.


Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents from a group underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences. This includes members of racial and ethnic groups that have been identified by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in biomedical research (including Blacks and African Americans, Hispanic Americans or Latinos, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders). Selected participants will have a demonstrated interest to pursue biomedical and behavioral research careers that will contribute ultimately to the elimination of disparities in health and disease experienced by members of minority communities. Applicants should have previous research experience, training in Safety and Ethics in Research, including human subjects research, animal research, laboratory health, safety and chemical and biological hazards. To fulfill this requirement, UCI students should have passed Bio 194S (Safety and Ethics in Research) or students should enroll in Bio Sci 194S during Spring 2016; students enrolled at another university should show, by either transcripts or a letter of recommendation, their training in research safety and ethics (responsible conduct of research). UCI students should enroll in the Spring 2016 Bio 197 MSP Seminar Series. Since MHIRT participants are required to attend orientation/training sessions at UCI (before departure to the foreign sites), preference will be given to applicants enrolled at UC Irvine.

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Dr. Marlene de la Cruz
Associate Director
Biological Sciences- Outreach and Minority Science Programs
University of California, Irvine
1134 Biological Sciences III
Irvine, CA 92697-2527
Ph: (949) 824-2589
Fax: (949) 824-6599
e-mail: marlene@uci.edu