MHIRT Program Objectives

The Minority Health International Research Training grants are designed to offer international biomedical and behavioral research programs to qualified students. The proposed training program is expected to increase awareness of international research issues and opportunities, acquaint students with a range of career opportunities in biomedical and behavioral research and encourage participants to pursue post-baccalaureate degrees and careers in biomedical and behavioral research especially related to minority health and disparate populations. The program is also expected to enhance the training efforts and international collaborative research activities of the faculty participants.

The following specific objectives have been identified based on the overall goals for the MHIRT program:

1. To support research experience for qualified eligible undergraduate students in international laboratories under the mentorship of outstanding U.S. and foreign scientists including:

  • Training in experimental design, interpretation of data and the use of current scientific equipment and analytical methods.
  • Knowledge of the scientific literature associated with their projects, biomedical research ethics and cultural aspects affecting scientific and medical issues at the foreign site.
  • Experience in the written and oral presentation of scientific research.
  • Encouragement to complete a baccalaureate degree and enter graduate or professional school to pursue a biomedical or behavioral research career.

2. To support eligible graduate and medical student training in an international setting that provides unique opportunities for research relevant to their dissertation or clinical studies, contributes to the completion of advanced biomedical or behavioral science degrees and results in scientific conference presentations and publications.

3. To facilitate research collaborations between minority scientists and scientists at centers of excellence in biomedical and behavioral research abroad resulting in expanded research capabilities, scientific conference presentations, publications and subsequent grant applications for continuing research support.