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NIH Academy Curriculum

The NIH Academy programs include the following elements.

The NIH Academy Roundtable

The NIH Academy Roundtable Sessions are one of the most exciting features of both programs.  Each roundtable consists of three sessions; allWhy do Native Americans have 3 times the rate f diabetes than the national rate? centered around one health disparity topic.  During session one, participants will engage in a journal club discussion of publications related to the roundtable topic in health disparities research.  In session two, a subject expert will visit the Academy and present a seminar.  The speaker will pose a question that addresses how we can reduce the gap in health disparities for that specific topic. This is an opportunity for trainees to engage speakers in their fields of expertise.  In session three, the Academy will host community and/or policy professionals working directly with individuals impacted by the specific health disparity and learn how the research is impacting the actual community. 

The NIH Academy Health Disparities Short Course

The NIH Academy Health Disparities short course will provide an overview of the behavioral, social, and cultural factors related to individual and population health and health disparities throughout life. A prominent health scientist will lead the course.

View the NIH Academy Short Course, Part I, led by Dr. Paula Goodwin.

NIH Academy Fellows' Retreat

One of the highlights of participating in the NIH Academy is belonging to a close community of like-minded researchers, all interested in health disparities.  The NIH Academy one-day retreat is a series of interactive activities that will allow everyone to share their enthusiasm and ideas.

The NIH Academy Diversity Workshop

The NIH Academy Diversity Workshop is an interactive workshop that will examine the meaning of diversity in the lives of individuals, groups, and communities, as well as the larger society and scientific community.

NIH Academy Volunteer Activities

Why do Vietnamese-American women have a cervical cancer rate nearly five times the rate of Caucasian women?One of the most rewarding aspects of the NIH Academy is the opportunity to engage in community outreach.  Previous community outreach activities have included participating in the AIDS Walk, volunteering at the DC Central Kitchen, and distributing NIH health related brochures at the Langley Park Hispanic Festival.  Both NIH certificate candidates and NIH Academy Fellows come together to engage in these types of community outreach activities, working side by side with groups impacted by health disparities.

NIH Academy Community Outreach  Project

A feature of the NIH Academy Fellows' Program, but not the NIH Academy Certificate Program, is the year-long community outreach project.  NIH Academy Fellows can work in a team or individually.  Examples of projects might include working with recent immigrants to navigate their new environment, developing a health related outreach project for K-12 students or the elderly, or designing workshops to educate people about health and nutrition. 


The Career Workshop provides a unique opportunity to learn how others have incorporated health disparities research into their career.  Previous workshops have included physicians and other clinicians, basic and translational researchers, community activists, government officials, lawyers, program officers, and public health experts.