While participating in the UTEP MHIRT program, trainees are afforded multiple benefits to enhance their research experience. The primary benefit is exposure to the "world of research" with emphasis on Hispanic health disparities which includes a mentored international research practicum. Each student is required to enroll in and complete 10 credit hours which may be applied to your degree program based on approval of your academic advisor. Academic credit is given for the Hispanic Health Disparities Course (1 credit hour), Directed Research and Statistics Course (3 credit hours) and the International Research Practicum (6 credit hours).
At the completion of the program, each student is required to present their research experience both at the international setting and upon return to the College of Health Sciences. These presentations provide the student the benefit and experience of learning how to make professional research presentations. Students also benefit from all expenses paid for tuition, fees, books, passports and VISAs, travel, health insurance, home stay, cultural experiences, plus a 3 month stipend in the amount of either $1,200 or $1,600 depending on the student's classification (undergraduate or graduate).