Minority Health International Research Training Program (MHIRT)

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health
Birmingham, AL.
Type Basic Science Research, Global Health


The Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health is offering research training opportunities to minority undergraduate, graduate and health professions students who have an interest in the areas of nutrition, tropical infectious diseases, reproductive health and/or sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS or chronic disease.

As a recipient of one of these competitively awarded training positions, funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, you will have the unique experience of helping others while you learn in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guatemala, Jamaica, or Kenya.

Participating undergraduates and health professions students will spend 12 weeks (usually mid May- August) at their foreign training sites under the guidance of a UAB supervisor and a foreign mentor.

Graduate students usually spend three months overseas, but may be eligible for up to six months of training.

Traineeship Includes:

  • Monthly stipend
  • Living allowance
  • Travel expenses
  • Research expenses


Burkino Faso

  • WHO/Multi-Disease Surveillance Center (MSDC) in Ouagadougou - determination of the criteria of Simulium damnosum breeding sites in Burkina Faso and Togo and assessment of the use of  O-150 based PCR and ELISA to detect DNA of onchocerca parasites in Simulium damnosum samples.


  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi - adherence to antiretroviral therapy by HIV-positive patients, sexual risk behaviors of HIV positive people that promote HIV transmission, reduction of HIV/AIDS-related stigma and the association of aflatoxin biomarker levels with health status and HIV disease.


  • Institute for Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP), Guatemala City - metabolic syndrome, maternal and infant nutritional status.


  • Ministry of Health - diabetes, hypertension, risk factors and screening for cancer (cervical, breast, prostate), health care needs and health service delivery in the population, childhood immunization, and adequacy of antenatal care for the prevention of anemia and adverse birth outcomes in pregnant women.


  • Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi - Prevalence and susceptability of Cryptococcus neoformans to fluconazole in HIV+ patients in Kenya, and hepatitis B virus and tuberculosis co-infections in HIV positive patients.



  • A US citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be from a health disparity population as determined by the Director, NCMHD.  Health disparity populations are defined as African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians and Pacific  Islanders, and the medically underserved (i.e., socio-economically disadvantaged individuals in rural and urban areas).
  • An undergraduate student from an accredited US college or university.
  • A graduate or health professions student from UAB only.
  • Interested in pursuing a research career in a biomedical discipline, academic medicine, or public health
  • Able to provide academic transcripts and two letters of reference
  • Fair level of proficiency in Spanish (if interested in the Peru or Guatemala training sites).
  • Able to spend 12 weeks overseas (usually mid-May through August).

More Information


MHIRT Program Director
Dr. Pauline Jolly
Department of Epidermology and International Health, RPHB 217, 1665 University Blvd.
Birmingham, AL 35294-0022
Phone: (205) 934-1823
Fax: (205) 975-3329