Our Summer Training Programs introduce students to the public health system in the U.S. through practical hands-on experiences in the lab and biomedical and public health research. The programs utilize a combination of hands-on experience, role model mentoring and collaboration, and networking skill building to provide a supportive environment that maximizes the likelihood of success. Our goal is to provide a foundation and understanding of translational and public health research currently underway in Arizona and beyond.
Iman Hakim, MD, PhD, MPH, Dean and Endowed Chair of the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, is the Founding Director of the Global Health Institute. As such, she is responsible for overseeing the core functions of the institute and directing the performance of all program offerings.
Cecilia Rosales, MD, MS, Associate Dean, Phoenix Programs, Professor and Chair, Division of Public Health Practice and Translational Research, is the Director of the GHI Undergraduate Research Programs. As such she is responsible for directing the performance of program activities which include direct interaction with participating professors, biomedical laboratory faculty, public health faculty and professionals, and students in the program, including the provision of counseling and motivation.
Roxanna Apaez, is the Global and Community Engagement Liaison at the Global Health Institute. She is responsible for providing assistance and support to the Director and participating faculty and researchers as well as facilitating program engagement and coordination of program events and activities for visiting students and mentors.
For information about the next Summer Training Program, please contact the Global Health Institute at: (520) 626-5983 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A medical student and faculty mentor from China’s Third Military Medical University travelled to our Tucson campus to participate in a Clinical and Translational Research Program. The student was paired with Dr. Zhao Chen, Professor and Department Chair of Epidemiology and Statistics, and was provided with a tailored program providing an appreciation for the role of clinical and translational research. The program enhanced the students’ understanding of clinical and translational research by exposing the student to ongoing clinical and translational projects as well as strengthened the appreciation for the role of health services research and understanding of the diversity and culture of our state by providing opportunities for exposure to our community.
Two medical students from The Third Military Medical University College of Preventive Medicine travelled from China to be paired with Health Promotion Sciences faculty at our Tucson campus to participate in a Health Services Research Program. The program provided the students with experience in analyzing challenges related to community engagement in health systems planning and delivery by enhancing their ability to understand data collection methods, data analysis and interpretation, increasing their understanding of health care and public health system characteristics of both national and state-based programs. The program additionally strengthened the students’ appreciation for the role of health services research and understanding of the diversity and culture of our state by providing opportunities for exposure to our community throughout their stay.
A group of medical students from Al-Imam University in Saudi Arabia participated in the Global Health Institute Summer Research Training Program at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. For the first time in the four year collaboration within our institutions, all of the participating students were women.
The four-week program was designed to introduce students to the public health system in the U.S. and provided a foundation and understanding of the translational and biomedical research that was underway in Arizona. Faculty from the UA College of Public Health used a combination of hands-on experience, role model mentoring, collaboration and networking skills to provide a supportive environment to the students. The students completed research in clinical settings with some of the college’s long-standing community partners, including the Arizona Department of Health Services, Chicanos Por La Causa and Wesley Community Health Center in Phoenix, and the Pima County Health Department and El Rio Community Health Center in Tucson.
For the third year of the Summer Research Training Program, six third-year medical students traveled from Saudi Arabia to be paired with basic science investigators through a Global Health Institute program at the University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health in collaboration with the UA College of Medicine–Phoenix.
Over an extremely busy month, the students of Al--Iman University College of Medicine completed CITI and Laboratory Safety training, studied the scientific method and core functions of Public Health before participating in projects with Scientist Mentors. The students acquired hands-on experience in characterizing genes and proteins associated with prevalent diseases, and improving methodology for non-invasive and rapid assessment of radiation exposure among a population and methodology to improve automated disease diagnoses. The Research Mentors benefited from the progress made by the students in each project. The Student – Mentor pairing develops the student’s understanding of the role of research and public health perspective in relation to medicine.
The month-long experience builds to a final closing presentation including all Mentors and invited guests in which each student presents an oral presentation of his research project in relation to the ongoing studies in an electronic poster format. Students expressed surprise and appreciation for the large amount learned during the month, leaving with an improved understanding of the interactions between the public health, biomedical research, and providing the highest possible standard of care for the community. The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and the Global Health Institute appreciates the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Biomedical Sciences Department and the Center for Applied Nanobioscience and Medicine for their participation in the Summer Research Training Program.
Fourteen third-year medical students traveled from Saudi Arabia to be paired with basic science investigators through a Global Health Institute program at the University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health in collaboration with the UA College of Medicine–Phoenix and the UA Cancer Center in Tucson.
The students of Al--Iman University College of Medicine developed an understanding of the interactions between the public health, biomedical research, and providing the highest possible standard of care for the community while participating in projects aimed at preventing cancer, developing treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, and conducting environment exposure assessments. Each student worked closely with research mentors, acquiring hands-on experience in examining disease mechanisms, genetic proliferation and sequencing, and assessing disease biomarkers. In the culminating session, the students orally presented and discussed their research contributions in an electronic poster format.
This was the second year of the successful summer program partnership between the University of Arizona and Al-Iman University.
A group of 10 medical students from Saudi Arabia participated in the new Undergraduate Research Program through the Global Health Institute at the University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health in collaboration with the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix and Biomedical Sciences.
The program was designed to introduce the third year medical students from the College of Medicine at Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University in Saudi Arabia, to the public health system in the U.S. through practical hands-on experiences in the lab and biomedical and public health research.
The College of Medicine at Al-Imam University is the only college of medicine in Saudi Arabia to have a separate Department of Public Health.
Each student was matched with a faculty member from the College of Public Health and the College of Medicine for one-on-one instruction. Lab experiments provided students with hands-on experience in basic research to understand disease mechanisms, learning about disease biomarkers such as gene sequencing, and innovative therapeutic approaches.“We are a new medical college and the plan from the beginning was to involve our students in research,” said Sami Aldaham, MD, director of Students International Program, at the College of Medicine, Al-Imam University. “We decided early on to send our students to different universities around the world and expose them to other schools of medicine and other cultures.”“It was a joy to interact with students eager to learn not only the academic material, but enthusiastic about Arizona, its people, its diverse cultures and where the parallels intersected with their own country and culture,” said Cecilia Rosales, MD, MS, director of Phoenix Programs at the Zuckerman College of Public Health.
As faculty and students grew to know each other over the course of the month and cultivated trust, the conversations ventured beyond the academic discourse to a more familiar exchange of ideas, said Dr. Rosales. “It’s fascinating how quickly you develop relationships, find common ground, and bond with people regardless of where they live in the world.”
“This is the beginning of a new partnership between the University of Arizona and Al-Imam University. In the future, we will offer faculty training and joint research. Our mission is a globally trained, interprofessional workforce,” said Dr. Iman Hakim, professor and dean of the Zuckerman College of Public Health and founder of the GHI.