About MHIRT

NAU Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Program

The Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program at Northern Arizona University is an NIH funded program designed to give students from health disparity populations the opportunity to participate in a 10-week international research experience which explores issues that relate to health disparities among the world’s Indigenous populations. During the experience, students will learn how to apply current scientific literature to research design, data collection, analysis and interpretation while working at an international study site.

This year, applicants will choose from study sites in: Philippines (uncovering the links between agricultural practices and pesticide exposure), New Zealand (biomedical research topics and health identity research), Ghana (pending), and Australia (pending). For detailed information on the international research sites and projects visit Research Opportunities.

Selected students will enroll in an International Research Methods course at NAU in the Spring 2017 semester. Additionally, they will participate in a 4-day training course just prior to departing to their international study site. Upon return to the U.S., students participate in discussions, exit evaluations, return equipment and summarize and present their research to family and friends, NAU faculty/staff and the Flagstaff community.

Program Benefits

  • Round-trip airfare from Sky Harbor International Airport (Phoenix, Arizona) to international study site
  • Room and board at international site
  • Health insurance (international)  and laboratory supplies paid while abroad
  • College credit (minimum 3 credit hours)
  • Tuition and fees up to $2000
  • Monthly stipend of up to $1200/month for undergraduate students and up to $1600/month for graduate students to offset other travel and living expenses