Opening the Doors for Diverse Populations to Health Disparities Research

The Opening Doors Training Program
Philadelphia, PA.
Type Academic Enrichment, Global Health, Health Disparities



The Opening Doors program provides undergraduate, graduate and medical students with education and training to pursue advanced study and health disparities research.

Students enrolled into Opening Doors will participate in summer seminars and receive a stipend to work on faculty-mentored research on a wide variety of topics that influence health disparities, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Hunger
  • Substance abuse
  • Obesity
  • Violence
  • Autism
  • Environmental health

The Program is funded by a R25 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

What Does The Program Include?

  • Summer (10 weeks) faculty mentored research projects; non-credit seminar classes for undergraduates
  • Eight-month faculty mentored research projects; summer non-credit seminar classes for Drexel SPH graduate students
  • Summer (10 weeks) faculty mentored research projects, and specialized credit-bearing courses for Drexel University medical students




    Priority will be given to students who are racial/ethnic minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT); people with disabilities; and from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. All program participants must be U.S. Citizens as noted in the sponsor’s requirements.
  • Undergraduate students: Sophomores and juniors in social and natural science disciplines with a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Graduate students: Graduate (doctoral and master’s) students enrolled full-time at the Drexel University School of Public Health.  They must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and/or a graduate GPA of 3.3.
  • Medical school students:  Medical school student participants will be selected from the Drexel University College of Medicine.  Preference will be given to medical school students in the MD/MPH joint degree program. Medical students must be in good academic standing.


More Information

Drexel University School of Public Health, Mail Stop 1032, Bellet 11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102