Health Disparities Research Training Program (HDRTP)


As a core area of the Center for the Study of Asian American Health, 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 postgraduate health professionals have successfully participated in 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 CBPR 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.

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, barriers to both care delivery and research for these populations, as well as panels on careers in public health. Check out our past summer seminar series.

How to Apply

HDRTP is open to students and health professionals who are interested in gaining skills to conduct community-based participatory research (CBPR) 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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If interested, please review the current postings below. For questions regarding HDRTP please contact Rebecca Lee at ( and Janet Pan at (

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