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Biostatistics and Epidemiology Summer Training (BEST)Diversity Program

Submitted by CCPH on February 22, 2021 at 4:02pm.
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The BEST Diversity Program engages and educates undergraduate students who come from backgrounds currently underrepresented in public health research. BEST seeks to expand and diversify the behavioral and biomedical science workforce by introducing these students to biostatistics, epidemiology, and research with an emphasis on cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases.

Research BEST students collaborate with Mailman School and Columbia Irving Medical Center faculty mentors on a research project. The research project and final poster symposium serve as the highlight of the program for students and faculty.

educationThrough coursework and seminars, BEST students gain understanding of the importance of biostatistics and epidemiology in biomedical research.

benefitsStudents receive a stipend with the option of free housing in New York City. Students engage in numerous networking and social activities, and join an active group of BEST alums around the country.

Message from Dr.  melissabegg(principalinvestigator)The BEST Diversity Program offers exceptional insights and experiences into promising careers in the quantitative biomedical sciences, where so much can be done to improve population health and reduce health disparities. The student participants are remarkably talented, and the partnerships forged with Columbia faculty are invaluable. Let BEST help you discover your career future

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The BEST Diversity Program is funded by a grant from NIH/NHLBI R25HL096260-11, the Office of the Dean, the Department of Biostatistics, and the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.


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