Northern California is one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the world, and this diversity is evidenced in the master's level student populations training in health at Bay Area academic institutions. However, as is true elsewhere, only a small proportion of minority students go on to pursue doctoral degrees, resulting in a national shortage of experienced minority investigators in cancer disparities research and practice.
The purpose of the Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR) is to increase ethnic diversity in the field of cancer disparities research by encouraging minority master’s students and master’s level health professionals in public health and social/behavioral health sciences to pursue a doctoral degree and a career in research. The program has been designed to enhance participants':
The MTPCCR consists of three components: a Summer Institute, Paid Internships, and Doctoral Application Support Awards:
Program eligibility is based on the following criteria:
* We define “minority” as those communities who experience an excess or unknown burden of cancer and who are underrepresented in the field of cancer disparities research.
** Students must have completed the 1st year of master’s program by the start of the Summer Institute. Current doctoral students or those already accepted into doctoral programs are ineligible to apply.
*** The MTPCCR was designed for students training in public health and/or the social and behavioral health sciences. This does not include lab-based or STEM disciplines. If you currently have no health or behavioral health science background, please contact the program to determine your eligibility for the program.
The MTPCCR is funded by a training grant from the National Cancer Institute to the University of California, San Francisco (R25 CA078583/1998-2018).
The grant to UCSF funds parallel MTPCCR programs at UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
> For information on the UCLA program, please visit: www.ph.ucla.edu/mtpccr/.
A replication of the MTPCCR for Latino students and professionals is funded under a National Cancer Institute grant to the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio led by Amelie Ramirez, DrPH.
> For information, please visit Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training: https://ihpr.uthscsa.edu/project/16
Phone: (415) 514-9409
Rena J. Pasick, DrPH – Rena J. Pasick, DrPH – Professor, Department of Medicine and Director, Community Education & Outreach, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Vanessa Mercado, MPH – MTPCCR Program Coordinator, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center