Minimizing Health Disparities

Program in Brief

The University of Arizona (UArizona) Graduate College offers an amazing summer research experience focused on health issues that affect minority communities in a disproportionate manner.   MHD participants have access to state-of-the-art research facilities.  UArizona is one of the top 20 public universities in the country, as reflected in our rankings by the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council, and discipline-specific assessments.  The University of Arizona is a research extensive and Land Grant University, and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities.  It is one of a few universities in the country that houses Colleges of Science, Medicine and Agriculture within the same campus.  This configuration, in addition to the presence of Colleges of Pharmacy, Nursing and Public Health, and the Arizona Cancer Center (the largest such center in the Southwest), Sarver Heart Center, and the Steele Children's Research Center, gives the University of Arizona unparalleled opportunities in biomedical teaching and research.  Adding to this configuration is the BIO5 Institute that brings together scientists from five disciplines - agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science and engineering. 


MHD is one of five programs sponsored by the UArizona Graduate College and under the umbrella of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Consortium (UROC). The benefits common to all of these 5 programs are:

  • a research project
  • a faculty mentor
  • workshops / preparation for the graduate application process
  • social opportunities and a support network
  • financial support
  • annual research conference & closing ceremony

Additional benefits specific to this program include

  • six units of upper division research credit
  • weekly speaker series focused specifically on biomedical research related to health disparities
  • workshops focused on issues related to biomedical research and graduate school preparation
  • $5000 stipend for the 10 weeks
  • on-campus housing, dependent upon availability
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Last updated 25 Jan 2022