The MHIRT awards support the ability of U.S. academic institutions to offer short-term international training opportunities in health disparities research for undergraduate and graduate students in the health professions who are from health disparity populations and/or are underrepresented in basic science, biomedical, clinical, or behavioral health research career fields. Approximately $200,000 per year is awarded to the grantee institution. Specifically, MHIRT grantees conduct research for at least 10-12 weeks during the summer or one semester during the academic year on a wide variety of diseases and health conditions. The MHIRT Program participants travel to work with international investigators in countries around the world such as Mexico, Uganda, Ghana, Australia, Peru, Spain and South Africa
These awards will support programs that offer international research training opportunities to qualified undergraduate, graduate and health professions students who are from health disparities populations and/or are underrepresented in basic science, biomedical, clinical or behavioral health research career fields. Section 485E(a) of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) provided that the general purpose of the NCMHD includes the conduct of training with respect to minority health conditions and other populations with health disparities. Further, Section 485E(d) of the PHS Act provides that a population is a health disparity population if as determined by the Director of NCMHD, in consultation with the Director of Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), there is significant disparity in the overall rate disease incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality, or survival rates in the populations as compared to health status of the general population.