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Cardiovascular Disease Risk Training Program in Central America

The Dornsife School of Public Health's Urban Health Collaborative and the Center for the Prevention of Chronic Diseases at the Institute for Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP) have partnered to establish the Drexel-INCAP Training Program on Social Determinants of Cardiovascular Disease Over the Life Course.

This program was established, in part, because CVD incidence and the prevalence of CVD risk factors have steadily increased in the Central American region over the last several decades.

The program provides training and mentoring of MS and PhD degree students in identifying relevant research questions, in the use of appropriate research methods, and in the dissemination of results to the scientific community, the public, and policy makers. The goal is to increase local capacity to conduct policy-relevant research about the influence of social determinants and place-based factors on CVD.

The training program is led by Brisa Sánchez, PhD, Dornsife Endowed Professor of Biostatistics, and Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, Dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health and Director of the Urban Health Collaborative.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply through this training program you must be a permanent resident or citizen of an INCAP-associated country: Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador, Costa Rica, República Dominicana, or Belize.

Individuals outside of Central America are not eligible for support as trainees. Learn more on the Urban Health Collaborative's website.

Application Process

Applicants for PhD and MS degrees at Drexel University:

To apply please see Dornsife's application requirements for the PhD and MS degrees. Submit your application materials through the SOPHAS website. Fee waivers to cover the application cost may be granted upon request.

Applicants for postdoctoral fellowships (located at INCAP):

Applicants for postdoctoral fellowships must hold a doctoral degree (MD, PhD, JD).

To apply, submit a CV and cover letter describing your interest and/or experience in CVD research. Additional materials may be required after your initial application (e.g., research plan for the visit, letters of reference).

Applicants for visiting research fellowships at Drexel University:

Visiting fellows will ideally have a doctoral degree; however, persons without a doctoral degree who have significant research experience and/or hold a faculty position at a local university may be considered for a visiting fellowship.

To apply, submit a CV and cover letter describing your interest and/or experience in CVD research. Additional materials may be required after your initial application (e.g., research plan for the visit, letters of reference).

Learn More

For more information on fee waivers, the application process, and the goals of the program please visit the Drexel-INCAP Training Program on Social Determinants of Cardiovascular Disease Over the Life Course on the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative's website.

 


The program is funded in part by NIH-Fogarty grant D43TW011971 (Sanchez/Diez-Roux, MPIs).