The Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health (CRECH) at the University of Michigan School of Public Health (UMSPH) is committed to training of scientists and professionals from racial and ethnic groups that have been historically under-represented in leadership roles in public health. CRECH prepares students to address the public health needs of an increasingly diverse society by providing a forum for basic and applied research on racial and ethnic differences in health across all departments within the UMSPH.
With funding from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, CRECH has established the Promoting Ethnic Diversity in Public Health Research Training program a unique doctoral training program for students conducting research on the clarification, reduction, and eventual elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities. The program focuses on the development of substantive critical thinking related to racial and ethnic health disparities and on developing research methods skills that can be applied to studies of this topic. While all students interested in this research area are eligible for the IMSD program, the program is particularly interested in maintaining its record of attracting students from racially and ethnically underrepresented groups. The training program is located in the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health (CRECH).