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  • Locations: Angolela, Ethiopia; Bangkok, Thailand; Harare, Zimbabwe; Lima, Peru; Oaxaca, Mexico; Punta Arenas, Chile; Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: WWU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 04/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Field Study, Independent Study Abroad, Internship, Study Abroad Fields of Study: Field Research Methods, Language (other), Public Health, Social Sciences
Housing Options: Other Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

Multidisciplinary International Research Training Program (MIRT)

The Multidisciplinary International Research Training Program is a national program designed to encourage students to pursue careers in biomedical and behavioral research. The program provides support for undergraduate and graduate students to do health-related population-based research and training in developing countries. Trainees get knowledge of scientific literature associated with projects, biomedical research ethics, and cultural aspects with a focus on how these aspects affect public health issues as well as scientific and medical issues. MIRT is funded by The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health. The Harvard School of Public Health MIRT Program (formerly the University of Washington MIRT Program) has established linkages and training sites with academic institutions throughout the developing world, including in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Thailand, Republic of Georgia, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, and Australia. Research opportunities are designed collaboratively with faculty in these institutions to address health and health disparities pertinent to their countries.

Financial support includes:
  • Round-trip airfair to foreign institution
  • Monthly stipend
  • Foreign living expenses
  • Health insurance

Academic Credit

MIRT requires that all students complete a research paper and abstract.  The program has no influence on what WWU considers to be work that is worthy of receiving credit.  If you want to receive credit for your summer project that you do with the MIRT Program, then it will entirely be up to you to negotiate this with your advisor or professor that you expect to receive credit from.  Interested students should contact their academic advisors or professor at their home institution first to determine the process for receiving credit.

For further information on application procedures and eligibility requirements, please contact:

Mr. Bizu Gelaye
Department of Epidemiology
Harvard School of Public Health
677 Huntington Avenue
Kresge, Room 501
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: 617-432-1071