Minority Health International Research Training Program

Applications for 2019 MHIRT training will be open November 1st through January 11th!!!

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Deadline to Apply: January 11, 2019

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For Minority Undergraduate, Graduate and Health Professions Students


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 research experience in the areas of nutrition, tropical infectious diseases, reproductive health and/or sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS or chronic disease. Dr. Pauline Jolly, PhD, MPH is the Program Director and UAB mentor for past and present MHIRT Trainees. She provides leadership to both International and UAB mentors in the Minority Health International Research Program.

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 Guatemala, Jamaica, Peru or Swaziland.

Participating undergraduates (from any US accredited college or university) and Grad/Health professions students (UAB only) will spend 12 weeks (usually mid May- August) at their foreign training sites under the guidance of their assigned foreign mentor and their UAB supervising 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


  • Vaccinations in GuatemalaThrough hands-on experience in actual international research
  • By developing scientific and intercultural skills within a global context
  • By benefiting from mentorship relationships with experienced researchers
  • By attending seminars at some of the leading international research institutions
  • By developing language skills through complete language immersion
  • (Doctoral students) by conducting dissertation research at the foreign training site



  • Nutrition
  • Tropical & Infectious Diseases
  • Reproductive Health
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections & HIV/AIDS
  • Chronic Diseases

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