Department of Community Health
Director: Cameron Chumlea, Ph.D.

(937) 775-1315 or GRAD-PREP website

GRAD-PREP is a post-baccalaureate program in the Department of Community Health in Boonshoft School of Medicine which provides research and academic training in the biomedical/behavioral sciences for 7 trainees each year. The NIH-funded program helps students who are members of underrepresented groups acquire academic credentials and research skills that make them competitive for admission into quality PhD programs. The program’s focus is on research experience with one of more than 30 faculty mentors in university research laboratories.

Enrichments are provided by courses in biostatistics, scientific writing and research methods, and trainees receive assistance in GRE preparation and choosing and applying to graduate programs.  In addition, participants attend laboratory meetings, journal clubs and seminars, and they present results of their research at local and/or regional scientific meetings.  Visits to local research facilities including Procter & Gamble Research Center, the Air Force Research Laboratory and Battelle Medical Research Facility provide exposure to the scientific workplace.