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HPDP’s mission includes the development of education and training programs to translate research into public health practice. We collaborate with partners to provide training opportunities for UNC students, post-doctoral fellows, health care practitioner, community members and HPDP staff.

Training programs

Our on-site training programs include the Kellogg Health Scholars Program for post-doctoral students, as well as a seminar series focused on community-based participatory Research. We also offer online training via the Center for Excellence for Training and Research Translation.

Experiential opportunities for UNC students

In the past year, more than 70 UNC students (at the doctoral, masters, and undergraduate levels) worked as research assistants on HPDP projects. Each year, dozens of graduate research assistantships (providing salary, tuition, and health insurance) are awarded to masters and doctoral students for work on HPDP research studies. Through our community partners, we are also able to help students identify internship or practicum experiences.

Training for community partners

Through our core research demonstration project, Seeds of HOPE, and in partnership with the Division of Public Health’s Healthy Carolinians program, we provide customized training programs to meet identified needs. Examples of workshops developed and implemented in the past few years include: Grant-Writing, Community-Based Evaluation, Intervention Design, Analyzing and Using Data, and the Epidemiology of Health Problems.