MHIRT Program

Brown University Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program


The Brown University Global Health Initiative has been awarded a five year training grant entitled, Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Grant (MHIRT), led by Timothy Flanigan, MD, Professor of Medicine and Health Services, Policy & Practice. The goal of the program is to mentor undergraduates, graduate and medical students from underrepresented communities to pursue careers in biomedical sciences, by providing exposure and training in global health programs and global health research. The program is funded by NIH-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

This program will allow the Global Health Initiative to support ten trainees from underrepresented communities (approximately eight undergraduate students and two graduate students) to participate in a mentored summer research experience in an international setting. Eligible students must have completed two years of coursework, with a focus on medicine, public health or social and behavioral health sciences. Selected students will be required to participate in regular group meetings with other Global Health Scholars and faculty both before and after the overseas experience. Students will participate in a multiple day orientation before traveling to sites, which will cover issues in academic, administrative, health, safety, socio-political and cultural information. In the future, a full course on health disparities, with a specific focus on global health, will be a part of the program.

Brown faculty members with strong track records in global health research will mentor these students at established sites in China, Ghana, India, Kenya, the Philippines, and Ukraine. Trainees will receive a stipend and travel funds to support the ten week overseas training experience, where they will participate in ongoing research projects with Brown faculty and other on-site faculty. The Brown MHIRT program is also open to students from Tougaloo College, who will participate in all aspects of this training program.

The Brown MHIRT will provide ongoing career mentorship to encourage continued study and pursuit of advanced degrees in biomedical, public health, or social and behavioral sciences, with a particular focus on the field of global health. This will include a full year of training after the intensive summer experience, with one-on-one mentoring related to data analysis scientific presentations, policy related to global health, and publication of global health research. Students funded through this grant mechanism will receive training partnered with an international experience, and thorough preparation prior to their travel and mentoring for the academic year following the summer experience. This program will promote participation and professional success of underrepresented persons in the health sciences.

Applications for Summer 2014 are due by FEBRUARY 28, 2104.

For more information, please contact
Eileen Caffrey Wright
Program Administrator
Fogarty AITRP/Brown MHIRT
Brown University, Box G-A2
97 Waterman Street, Room 223
Providence, RI 02912
Tel: (401) 863-5003

Eileen_Caffrey@brown.edu