Minority Health Research Training Program

Deadline to apply for Summer 2024 is January 31, 2024!

The Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health is offering research training opportunities to minority undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students enrolled in a degree granting program at any accredited US college or university who have an interest in research in the areas of nutrition, tropical infectious diseases, reproductive and sexual health, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular and/or chronic diseases. Dr. Pauline Jolly, PhD, MPH is the Program Director and UAB mentor for past and present MHRT Trainees. She provides leadership to both International and UAB mentors in the Minority Health Research Training Program.

As a recipient of one of these competitively awarded training positions, funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, you will have the unique experience of helping others while you conduct research in Jamaica, Kenya, Peru, Nepal, Indonesia, South Korea, or Tanzania.

Participating undergraduates, masters, and doctoral students will spend 12 weeks at UAB or their foreign training sites under the guidance of their assigned site mentor and their UAB supervising mentor.

 Traineeship Includes:

  • Monthly stipend
  • Living allowance
  • Travel expenses
  • Research expenses


  • Through hands-on experience in actual 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 research institutions
  • By developing language skills through complete language immersion
  • (Doctoral students) by conducting dissertation research at the training site
  • By presenting research at a national or international scientific conference


  • Nutrition
  • Tropical & Infectious Diseases
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health
  • Maternal and child health
  • Cardiovascular or other Chronic Diseases