Graduate Training and Education Center (UMMC)

The John D. Bower School of Population Health at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) was recently awarded a new contract for the Jackson Heart Study Graduate Training and Education Center (GTEC). The UMMC GTEC contract has been awarded for five years starting August 13, 2018.

Goals and Objectives
The overall goals of the UMMC GTEC are to: 1) strengthen the research skills of graduate- and health professional students from groups underrepresented* in biomedical sciences to better prepare them for their professional careers, and to pursue careers in biomedical sciences; and 2) advance the science of research training and education of graduate students. The 2-year graduate-level certificate program will focus on cardiovascular epidemiology, cardiovascular health, minority health, health disparities, and careers in biomedical science by establishing the Robert Smith, MD Graduate Scholars Program, honoring one of the heroes of health and health care in Mississippi, Dr. Robert Smith. 

Activities/Programs Supported
Each year, 8 students will be selected from a competitive pool of applicants enrolled in programs in health-, STEM-, or social science-related doctoral/health professional programs at Mississippi Colleges and Universities to participate in: two in-person summer institutes (5 days and 3 days respectively), tri-annual research webinars, mini-research internships at JHS Vanguard Centers; mid-year meeting (3 days), career coaching and research mentoring, and participation in and presenting study findings at JHS-related research conferences. Students will be mentored by nationally respected investigators from UMMC, UCLA, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt University and UT Southwestern. Travel costs and research training-related expenses will be provided for the Smith Graduate Scholars.
Contract HHSN268201800012I from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
* Note:
An individual from a group identified by the National Science Foundation as underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences (See NIH Notice NOT-OD-18-210 at