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Research Training Program in Behavioral Aspects of Heart and Vascular Diseases

Specific Objectives and Areas of Emphasis

Specific Objectives

  • To train individuals to formulate, independently, a research question, and design and conduct a rigorous study to answer that question
  • To help individuals acquire the necessary methodological expertise across several disciplines (e.g., behavioral sciences, biostatistics, epidemiology, disease prevention, bioethics, policy) necessary for future investigative work
  • To expose individuals with a clinical background to the broad array of behavioral sciences, and to expose individuals with a behavioral science background to the intricacies of heart and vascular diseases
  • To train individuals to present and publish the results of their scholarly work
  • To teach individuals to appraise, critically, the scientific literature
  • To help individuals identify a focus for future research and scholarly work and to develop special investigative expertise related to it.
  • To train individuals to write a grant proposal according to the guidelines of the NIH or other potential funding agencies

Areas of Special Emphasis

  • Behavioral, cultural, psychosocial, and economic factors and mechanisms in cardiovascular health and illness
  • Risk factors: identification and modification
  • Minority health
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Addressing gaps and disparities in health status
  • Women’s health
  • High blood pressure: prevention and control
  • Novel risk factors and mechanisms
  • Ethical issues
  • Translational of research into practice and policy
  • Methodological issues, particularly in community-based trials

Curriculum and Mentoring 
Eligibility and Application


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