The Center for Global Health at the University of Virginia will offer the UVA MHIRT Research Training Program: Training Future Leaders to Address Global Rural Health Disparities, with the support of a new Minority Health & Health Disparities International Research Training grant from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, The UVA MHIRT Program will provide outstanding students (6 undergraduate and 2 graduate) with the opportunity to participate in an intensive, international, mentored research experience that extends the analysis of global rural health disparities using an interdisciplinary approach to appreciate more completely the complexity of global rural health and disease. The program offers under-represented minority (URM) students intensive, mentored research training and professional development experience which will help students to become more competitive for admission to graduate training and professional schools, and to develop skills essential for future success in conducting independent research. Selected candidates will work with mentors at International partner sites in Uganda, South Africa and St. Kitts and Nevis. Developing human capacity for the conduct of rigorous research which targets factors contributing to rural health disparities in a rich, multi-disciplinary and inter-professional collaboration will help to meet growing needs in public health. Supported by strong and enduring partnerships at UVA and with collaborating international sites, the MHIRT Program intends to promote multiple opportunities for outstanding under-represented minority students to excel in health science careers and make enduring contributions to the field.