Minority Health & Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT)
NIMHD’s Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) program allows U.S. institutions to offer short-term international research training opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students from health disparity backgrounds.
Institutions with MHIRT funding provide training and international exposure for students who plan to pursue careers in the biomedical, basic, clinical, and socio-behavioral sciences. While the timing of the 10-12 week training period varies by institution, it generally takes place during the summer or for one semester during the academic year.
MHIRT began in 1993 when the NIMHD was the Office of Research on Minority Health. NIMHD provides as much as $225,000 in annual funding for up to five years to colleges and universities looking to offer international training opportunities to students from health disparity backgrounds. Programs typically enroll 8-12 students each year. At least 75 percent of an institution’s MHIRT trainees must be undergraduate students.
NIMHD does not work directly with students interested in the MHIRT program. Students who are interested in MHIRT must apply through the NIMHD MHIRT Program at a specific college or university, not directly to NIMHD.Goals
- Encourage students from health disparity backgrounds to pursue careers in science and biomedical, clinical, and behavioral health research
- Provide research training in theoretical modeling, developing hypotheses, collecting and analyzing data, problem solving, and clinical or lab activities
- Expose students to global health issues that relate to health disparities
- Enable collaboration between colleges/universities and international research programs
- Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is currently enrolled in a college or university.
- Must be members of a health disparity population. This includes: 1) racial/ethnic minorities (African Americans/Blacks, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans/Latinos, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders), 2) individuals from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, and 3) individuals from rural areas.
Student selection criteria vary by institution. For guidance about a specific program, contact the college or university that hosts the program.
Currently Funded Projects
Twenty-two U.S. schools offer MHIRT pograms. Participants have studied in more than 50 countries throughout the world including Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Ghana, Japan, Peru, Poland, South Africa, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Thailand. Click here for a full list of funded MHIRT Programs.