Student Education and Training Opportunities

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Loma Linda University CHDMM Education and Training Overview


Loma Linda University's Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine is committed to empowering students from underrepresented and medically underserved communities to become research scientists and physicians who will lead the fight against health disparities.

Our Office of Student Development offers stipend-based summer student research opportunities for those in high school, college/university and medical school.  Graduate fellows are invited to explore our full tuition and stipend supported year-round programs under the Initiative for Maximing Student Development (IMSD).  

Our research projects and student training programs are funded primarily by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS).   Loma Linda University is proud to be a select NIH Center of Excellence in Health Disparities and Minority Health, one of just four organizations in California and 48 in the nation that share this distinction

Since our inception in more than 10 years ago, we've supported the education and training of hundreds of students.  Our students are pursuing advanced degrees here at Loma Linda University and other prestigious institutions around the country, including Harvard, Stanford, MIT and more.

Learn more about our programs and how they can give you the competitive edge in the scientific research community.

About the Office of Student Development


The mission of the Office of Student Development (OSD) is to develop and coordinate new academic programs to reduce the documented disparity in the number of underrepresented minority students that graduate with doctoral degrees in the biomedical and clinical sciences in the United States.

The overall goal is to increase diversity at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, which would enable us to continue providing high-quality education to better serve in an increasingly diverse local and global community.

The specific objective of the office is to increase the number of underrepresented minority students graduating with doctoral degrees in our basic and medical science programs. The mission of the OSD is in tune with the mission of LLU: to "promote an environment that reflects and builds respect for the diversity of humanity."