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Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research and Training (MHIRT) Program. The Center for International Rural and Environmental Health (CIREH) interdisciplinary program dedicated to research, training and education concerning global issues in public health
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Rural and Environmental
interdisciplinary program dedicated to research, training and education concerning global issues in public health
Special concentration on issues concerning environmental and occupational health
focus on countries with substantial agrarian economies and countries with new democracies
The Iowa Biosciences
Mission: maximize diversity in the biosciences
Science majors with an interest in diversity gain research experience with cutting-edge faculty and benefit from professional development seminars and a strong community of people with similar interestsSponsors
The MHIRT program is funded by
the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Because of the significant disparity in the overall rate of disease incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality and survival rates in minority populations as compared to the health status of the general population, there is a national need for increasing the number of well-trained minority scientists and scientists from medically underserved regions of the US in the fields of biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and health services.
According to the Institute of Medicine, "for the health professionals, racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare . . . will be among the most significant challenges of today's rapidly changing health system." And, "from a public health standpoint, racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare threaten to hamper efforts to improve the nation's health."
“Medically underserved” refers to individuals that lack access to primary and specialty care either because they are socioeconomically disadvantaged and may or may not live in areas with high poverty rates or because they reside in underserved areas. Geographic isolation, socio-economic status, health risk behaviors, and limited job opportunities contribute to health disparities in underserved communities.
Slovak Medical University
The Department of Public Health, Faculty of
Health Care & Social Work
Center for Health Policy and Public Health
research opportunities, such as:
Factors Influencing Breastfeeding Attitudes and Behaviors
The Gambia School of Public Health
Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine
(formerly Shanghai Secondary Medical School)
The AndrijaStampar School of Public Health
Research work concentrated in the
Applications will be read and evaluated by MHIRT
application committee members and awards will be made
based on how well they meet the following criteria:
Mandatory Orientation, University of Iowa:
April 11th, 2009
Depart for Internship Site:
Week of May 15th, 2009
DECEMBER 5, 2008
All applicants will be notified of award decisions by Friday, December 19, 2008
Applications can be found on-line at: