Applied EPI Healthy Weight Promotion Training Program, University of Minnesota

Applied EPI Healthy Weight Promotion Training Program, University of Minnesota

Opportunity Description 

The Healthy Weight Promotion (HWP) Applied Epidemiology Training Program provides training for the next generation of researchers dedicated to ensuring positive weight-related health among young people and families from diverse communities. The program addresses a broad spectrum of eating, activity, and weight-related problems, including obesity, poor dietary intake, inadequate physical activity, body dissatisfaction, and disordered eating/eating disorders. Dr. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer is the Program Director of this NIH-funded program, which is supported by a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, Institutional Research Training Grant. Click here to see a flyer with more details about the program. 

Current Openings 

There are currently openings for one-year and multi-year fellowships at the pre- doctoral and post-doctoral levels. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until all of the openings are filled. See below for details about the fellowship and application process.


Predoctoral candidates must be accepted to the University of Minnesota Social and Behavioral Epidemiology PhD program prior to starting the fellowship. Postdoctoral candidates must have earned a doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, DrPH, ScD, MD). All candidates must be U.S. citizens or have permanent residency status. Candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous, or persons of color and individuals who are first generation college/university students are particularly encouraged to apply.

Preferred qualifications include an outstanding academic record (e.g., GPA, previous training, research productivity), strong alignment of career interests with the goals of the HWP Epidemiology Training Program, experience in working with diverse communities, positive recommendations from previous mentors and/or professional colleagues, evidence of commitment to and likely success in conducting research of relevance to the training program, ability to recognize important research problems and a demonstrated capacity to seek solutions, strong interpersonal skills, intellectual integrity and curiosity, and a passion for addressing health inequities.

How to Apply 

  • Interested individuals will need to submit a completed application, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and a sample publication or other evidence of writing skills. Applicants should also request letters of recommendation from two references.
  • For more information on the training program and how to apply, click here to see the website with more information 
  • Questions about the application process may be sent by email to hwpT32 [at] umn [dot] edu  


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