Minimum Eligibility Requirements
As required by MHIRT federal guidelines, in order to qualify for the program, applicants must be a U.S. Citizens, Non-citizen Nationals of the U.S., or Legal Permanent U.S. Resident, must be a UTEP Junior, Senior, or Graduate Student; must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours by the end of summer 2015; must have a minimum 3.25 GPA; must be a full-time student at the time of application and program participation; and have a declared major in a pre-professional science or a health or human service discipline. Applicants must also be willing to commit 3 summer months to this experience and agree to live in a home stay arrangement while in the international setting. For the UTEP MHIRT program, given that Spanish is the primary language in Ecuador, Chile, and Costa Rica, interested applicants should also be proficient in reading, writing, and speaking Spanish.
Additionally, applicants must be from a health disparities group that has been determined as underrepresented in Basic Sciences, Clinical, Biomedical, or Behavioral Science Research. Nationally these groups include but not limited to African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, and rural Appalachians.
Additional Program Requirements:
Applicants are required to complete CHSC 3380/5380 Special Topics in Health Sciences: Directed Research and Statistics and CHSC 3180/5180 Special Topics in Health Sciences: Hispanic Health Disparities during Maymester and Summer I Semester. Applicants graduating in Spring 2016 must provide a copy of their graduate school application with their MHIRT application.