The Multidisciplinary International Research Training Program is a national program designed to encourage underrepresented students to pursue careers in biomedical and behavioral research. The program provides short-term global research training opportunities in public health for qualified undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate students. 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. The MIRT Program is funded by The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health as part of the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Program. The Harvard School of Public Health MIRT/MHIRT 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, Malaysia, 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.
With visionary leadership of its founding Director Professor Michelle A. Williams, the HSPH MIRT Program is a global public health research and community capacity development program that provides grassroots solutions to health disparities.