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Opening the Doors for Diverse Populations to Health Disparities Research

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The Opening Doors program provides undergraduate, graduate and medical students with education and training to pursue advanced study and health disparities research.

Students enrolled into Opening Doors will participate in summer seminars and receive a stipend to work on faculty-mentored research on a wide variety of topics that influence health disparities, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Hunger
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Substance abuse
  • Obesity
  • Violence
  • Autism
  • Environmental health

The Program is funded by a R25 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

What Does The Program Include?

  • Summer (10 weeks) faculty mentored research projects; non-credit seminar classes for undergraduates
  • Eight-month faculty mentored research projects; summer non-credit seminar classes for Drexel SPH graduate students
  • Summer (10 weeks) faculty mentored research projects, and specialized credit-bearing courses for Drexel University medical students

“The public health profession, including health disparities research, has a developing workforce crisis. The Opening Doors program provides opportunities for students to fill the need for more health disparities researchers, and help solve some of our most persistent health disparities issues.”

Dr. Shannon Marquez, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of Global Public Health Initiatives, Associate Professor