Program Info

The aim of the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) program at the University Of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Is to encourage and equip undergraduate nursing, public health and health sciences students and second-degree undergraduate nursing (Accelerated BSN) students to pursue careers in health disparities (HD) research.

This training program will contribute to HD science by:
  • Helping to prepare a new generation of ethnically diverse HD scientists who will make discoveries that can be translated into interventions to eliminate HD locally and globally.
  • Atraining will address HD by diversifying the pipeline of HD researchers and by increasing this workforce’s competencies in implementing culturally informed, rigorous, and ethically responsible approaches to research.
Program Structure
  • Students will participate in a 3-week Intensive Global Health Disparities Summer Research Institute, immediately followed by an 8-week research experience in the host country.
  • Students will work closely with mentors in different countries e.g.: Australia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Spain, Costa Rica and mentors at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies during this time to conduct global HD research.
  • Students will work closely with their mentors In the host country and mentors from the University of Miami.
  • Upon return, students will participate in a 3-day seminar where they will share their experiences with one another, learn about and discuss opportunities for graduate studies, and develop a plan to disseminate their research.
  • Students will continue to work with their mentors well beyond this 12-week period to prepare scientific presentations and publications and to apply to graduate school and/or other HD research career opportunities.
Student Expectation
  • The main focus of the program is a research experience. It is expected that you will work as a research assistant during the 8-weeks abroad (5 days a week/8 hours per day).
  • You will receive a stipend during the program.
  • Travel expenses and accommodations will be paid.
  • You will need to participate in weekly meetings (conference call) with your mentors in the U.S. while abroad.
  • This training program can count towards elective course credit


Who can apply?

  • Undergraduate nursing, public health, health sciences, or students minoring in public health in the greater Miami area.
  • At least 2 semesters left in your program or accelerated BSN student status.
  • GPA of at least 3.0,
  • Come from an underrepresented minority group in healthcare and biomedical sciences as defined by the National Institutes of Health* (NIH): Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. Individuals with disabilities, or individuals with disadvantaged backgrounds.

aplication process

To apply for the MHIRT program please complete the following steps:

  • Complete online application. Application due date for 2017 cohort is October 19, 2016.
  • In the online application, please make sure that you provide 2 references. It is preferred that at least one of your references be from faculty at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Your references will receive an e-mail with a link to complete an online evaluation of your capabilities as part of your application.
  • The Advisory board will review applications and select applicants for an interview.
  • InformationPlease click here and you will be directed to the application: