Health Disparities Research Training Program (HDRTP)


As a core area of the Center for the Study of Asian American Health, the HDRTP provides training, outreach, and research opportunities for students and health professionals to gain knowledge and skills to address Asian American health disparities.  Through hands-on experience on a community-based research project, HDRTP interns will develop a deeper understanding of culturally and linguistically appropriate approaches to research, outreach, community partnerships, and care delivery in Asian American populations.  More than 300 college, graduate, and post graduate health professionals have successfully participated in the HDRTP. 

The program offers a research training opportunity to qualified college, graduate, as well as post-graduate health professionals, and intends to:

  • Increase competence and commitment among trainees to work in community-based participatory research on Asian American health disparities;
  • Increase the number of potential investigators from Asian American and economically disadvantaged groups to conduct research in Asian American health disparities; and
  • Increase the number of research projects addressing health disparities among Asian American populations. 

Whether they are involved in the Center’s current projects or student-initiated projects, HDRTP interns will have the opportunity to develop skills such as partnership development, literature reviews, manuscript development, survey design, and data collection and analysis. They will also have opportunities to network with other health professionals and learn about the various opportunities that one can have in the health field.

Summer Seminar Series

The HDRTP Summer Seminar Series provides interns an increased awareness about health issues affecting Asian American populations, gaps in health status indicators, and barriers to both care delivery and research for these populations. The seminars also provide an understanding of culturally and linguistically appropriate approaches to research, outreach, community partnerships, and care delivery in Asian American populations. 

Check our past summer seminar series.

How to Apply

The HDRTP is open to students and health professionals who are interested in gaining skills to conduct community-based participatory research with Asian American communities.  Students and professionals in medicine, public health, social work, nursing and other health related fields are encouraged to apply. The program also considers physicians and other allied professionals at various levels of their careers who desire to explore opportunities in research. To be eligible for the training program, a prospective candidate must:

  • Have previous experience working with Asian American communities;
  • Be committed to addressing disparities in Asian American health;
  • Have a willingness to work and learn from colleagues at varying levels of health expertise; and
  • Have an interest and/or familiarity with qualitative and quantitative research methods

If interested in HDRTP, please submit your cover letter, resume, and completed application form. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To submit your application, or for questions, please contact Lynna Zhong at

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