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Tulane Program to Advance Representation in Minority Health Research (Tulane ARMHR)

(Formerly Tulane-Xavier Minority Health International Research Training/MHIRT)

Program Description

Applications for Research Training Experiences starting Summer 2020 are due by November 29, 2019.

The new Tulane Program to Advance Representation in Minority Health Research (Tulane ARMHR) builds on the foundation of the past 14 years of funding through the Tulane-Xavier MHIRT Program to provide mentored research training experiences to graduate students from groups that are underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, and social science research, including minority groups based on race/ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, and socio-economic disparities.

Each year, this program will provide research training for four PhD/doctoral students with an approved prospectus and for four master's degree students, who will work with experienced faculty mentors on projects related to minority health and health disparities. Trainees will be placed either in the New Orleans area or in an international site affiliated with collaborative research projects led by program faculty in Peru, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, or Sierra Leone. Doctoral training will be either a 10-12-week research experience or a longer 12-month experience; master's training will last 10-12 weeks. Trainee research plans will be tailored to the primary research agendas at each site, based on active funded research programs. This program is sponsored by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health.

Several features are new in the Tulane ARMHR Program when compared with the former Tulane-Xavier MHIRT Program. These include:

  • Degree Program Eligibility: The Tulane ARMHR Program is limited to graduate students enrolled in masters or doctoral level training programs in the New Orleans area. Doctoral candidates must be enrolled in a program based in the Tulane SPHTM. Undergraduate students are not eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all classwork to date.
  • Demographic Eligibility: Applicants must qualify as a member of a population group historically affected by health disparities that are underrepresented in the current biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social science workforce. Groups eligible for consideration include:
    • Racial and ethnic minority populations in the U.S., including African-Americans and Hispanic Americans (Latinxs). Certain Asian-American groups, such as Vietnamese-Americans, are also eligible.
    • Groups who are considered "non-conforming" on the basis of sexual identity or sexual orientation, including individuals who identify as LGBTQ.
    • Individuals with physical disabilities.
    • Individuals from any racial or ethnic group who are disadvantaged due to extreme poverty or other socioeconomic factors.
  • Program Schedule: Interested students will now apply in early fall rather than in winter, and positions will be awarded in late fall for research training experiences starting in June of the following year. From the time of program acceptance until the start of research training experiences, participants will be enrolled in their current training programs and will be expected to participate in a three-component pre-trip training series:
    • Research Seminar Series: Biweekly, sequential seminars focusing on research methods.
    • Research Experience Planning: ARMHR scholars will work with faculty mentors to design a research plan.
    • Individualized Research Career Plan: ARMHR scholars will meet with a designated faculty mentor to design a five-year plan.

In June of the year after program acceptance, participants will begin their research training experiences (10-12 weeks for the masters level trainees and two doctoral trainees; 12 months for two doctoral trainees per year accepted into the year-long program). Research training experiences are a full-time commitment (not performed concurrently with coursework). Participants receive a stipend during this period only.

  • Training Sites: Unlike the former Tulane-Xavier MHIRT program, Tulane ARMHR places one half of our participants in local domestic training sites. Applicants interested in international training may apply for opportunities in one of four sites, including Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Peru, and Sierra Leone. Training in other international sites is not supported. At each site, Tulane faculty are paired with overseas faculty who mentor Tulane ARMHR students during their research experiences.

The Tulane ARMHR Program covers all major expenses for participating students, including airfare, housing for participants matched with international training sites, living expenses, research supplies, and costs related to pre-travel planning and counseling. Additionally, the ARMHR Program provides sharing experiences with other trainees upon returning to the U.S. and supporting opportunities for students to publish their research and/or present their research findings at national conferences.

Program Contacts

Richard Oberhelman, MD
Professor and Chair of Global
Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Pediatrics
Tulane University SPHTM
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2301
New Orleans, LA 70112

Lina Moses, PhD, MSPH
Assistant Professor of Global
Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
Tulane University SPHTM
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2351
New Orleans, LA 70112

Andrea Meyer
Project Director
Office of Global Health
Tulane University SPHTM
1440 Canal Street, Suite 1820
New Orleans, LA 70112