Health Disparities Research Experiences
The El Centro Research Training & Education Core (R-TEC) coordinates all research activities that expose and engage students in current and ongoing SONHS research projects.  El Centro offers research opportunities through multiple mechanisms to qualified students who are considering a possible career in Health Disparities research.


Our program targets, but is not limited to, racially and ethnically diverse students in their sophomore and junior undergraduate years at the University of Miami and recent graduates (less than a year since graduation).

The purpose of the program is:

1) To encourage students to consider the possibility of a career in health disparities research; and

2) To build student competency in conducting community based, interdisciplinary, and responsible health disparities research.


Student Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in becoming involved in Health Disparities Research?

The El Centro Research Training & Education Core (R-TEC) coordinates all volunteer activities that expose and engage students in current and ongoing SONHS research projects. El Centro offers research opportunities to qualified students who are considering a possible career in Health Disparities research.

Program Description

The volunteer program typically lasts for two semesters and includes three major components:

1. The first and most important component involves hands on research project with a faculty member. Through this experience students are able to contribute to interdisciplinary, community-based research that may advance nursing knowledge, improve public health, and/or impact health systems and health policy.

2. The second component of the program includes an online workshop in which students are exposed to a variety of research issues and practices. Content that is part of this component is delivered through web based instruction and workshops include:

  • Importance of School of Nursing and Health Science Research
  • Overview of SONHS Active Research
  • Role of the Student Research Volunteer
  • Scientific Ethics and the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Practical Research Applications (e.g., how to conduct a literature review, data entry principles and procedures)

3. The third component includes invitations to Dialogues in Health Disparities Research in which the students are exposed to experts in their fields discussing current relevant research topics and methodology. Presenters include current PhD students, faculty mentors, university administrators, community partners and past volunteers.

At the end of your assignment, you will be asked to complete a satisfaction survey and you will receive a certificate of completion.

Eligibility Requirements:

In all cases, the following criteria are employed:

  • Applicants should be current or recently graduated (less than one year) students. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Applicants must be able to commit to a minimum of 4 hours per week on project related tasks and 2 hours a week to attend research staff meetings. The maximum hours of volunteer work will be determined by the faculty mentor and agreed upon by the student based on project needs, course load and other extra-curricular activities. The maximum hour of volunteer work cannot exceed 20 hours/week.

Note: Volunteers are accepted on first come basis at the beginning of each semester. Priority placements are given to current SONHS and UM students. Non-UM students may apply and will be accepted with above criteria and based on availability.


Course Work

Course Credit in Health Disparities Research

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences is in the process of finalizing a new practicum course for Health Disparities.

For more information about this course please contact:
John P. Salerno, MPH
Research Training & Education (R-TEC) Core Coordinator
Telephone: 305.284.4109
e-mail: j.salerno1@med.miami.edu

To search for current classes including the one above, please log on to the University of Miami myUM:  http://myumnet.miami.edu/General/ClassSearch/ClassSearch.aspx

Employment Opportunities at the Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research: El Centro.

Opportunities for Student Research Assistant positions may be available for students wishing to gain work experience on a research grant.

For more information about current work opportunities please contact:
John P. Salerno, MPH
Research Training & Education (R-TEC) Core Coordinator
Telephone: 305.284.4109
e-mail: j.salerno1@med.miami.edu

For information on how to find student employment and to apply for open work study positions click here:
http://www.miami.edu/index.php/ose/