Graduate Training and Education Center


  1. Enrich the educational experiences and skills of African American graduate students to prepare them for future careers in academics, industry, and government research settings
  2. Enhance the professional skills of graduate students to increase the likelihood of success and completion of graduate school
  3. Increase the interest in, and likelihood of, African American graduate students entering careers in biomedical sciences following degree and program completion


  1. Establish a graduate level certificate program focused on cardiovascular epidemiology research.
  2. Establish JHS data mentoring teams to oversee efforts by graduate students to analyze, present, and publish their research from Jackson Heart Study data.
  3. Work closely with the other JHS Centers to: (1) assure coordination of JHS Graduate Training and Education Center Programs, and (2) support the JHS in achieving its five major aims.
  4. Work with the JHS Coordinating Center to develop and maintain a student database with evaluation metrics for student performance.
  5. Disseminate the achievements of the JHS through presentations, publications in peer-reviewed journals, and reports to the JHS Coordinating Center, OSMB, and NHLBI.

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Jackson State University was recently awarded a five year contract to implement the Jackson Heart Study (JHS) Community Outreach Center (CORC).  The contract period is from 8/16/2013-8/15/2014 for a total amount of 3,086,081.  The CORC is an expansion of the highly successful operation of the Community Partnership Office (CPO), in the Jackson State University Coordinating Center, which operated from 1999-2013.  During the era of the CPO, relationships and partnerships were developed with over 100 churches, community based organizations, governmental agencies, private non-profit organizations, other institutions of higher learning and individual partners.  A community based participatory research (CBPR) component has been added under this new contract period.