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MD-PHD Training Program in Health Disparities and Aging

The MD-PHD Training Program in Health Disparities and Aging focus on health and aging in minorities, with an emphasis on older Hispanics. The PhD curriculum begins after two years in medical school.

The MD-PHD Training Program is a partnership between the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, the Sealy Center on Aging, and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Funds for the program comes from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Mentoring Faculty

Training Program Director
Kyriakos S. Markides, PhD

Training Program Co-Director
M. Kristen Peek, PhD

Mentoring teams provide expert guidance in an environment proven to maximize progress toward independent researcher status. Funded investigators include sociologists, economists, demographers, physicians, epidemiologists, and statisticians.

Aging-related research initiatives at UTMB include:

Trainees collaborate with faculty who have over $42 million in research pertaining to minority health and aging in the areas of health disparities, aging and disease prevention, medical outcomes, health service utilization, social epidemiology, stress and biomarkers, cancer epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology, and health promotion.

Participating Faculty

  • Soham Al Snih, MD, PhD
  • Christine M. Arcari, MPH, PhD
  • Jacques Baillargeon, PhD
  • James S. Goodwin, MD
  • James Graham, PhD
  • Bret Howrey, PhD
  • Amol Karmarkar, PhD
  • Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD
  • Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD
  • M. Kristen Peek, PhD
  • Mukaila Raji, MD, MSC
  • Elena Volpi, PhD, MD
  • Sue Weller, PhD
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