STAR Fellow Curriculum

Stephen O. MathewI was a Fellow of the STAR Fellowship Program of TCHD in 2007-08. The interactions and the training I received were instrumental in helping me to identify a critical problem in my research area that was clinically relevant. The program served as a stimulus in developing key collaborations, and having a focused approach and peer review by colleagues brought more clarity to my research proposals that consequently enabled me to secure funding from different funding agencies for my childhood leukemia research.

– Stephen O. Mathew, Assistant Professor of Cell Biology



The STAR Fellowship Program, is a program designed for junior faculty and community leaders who are interested in Health Disparity Research. The STAR (Steps Toward Academic Research) Fellowship Program, offers a full year of collaborative training and interaction with faculty from the UNTHSC and other institutions, directed toward fostering Health Disparities Research Initiatives.


I – Building A Conceptual Framework in Health Disparity Research

  • An Introduction To Health Disparities
  • Measuring Health Disparities
  • Health Equity 101 and Community-Based Participatory Research People 2020
  • Community-Based Participatory Approaches to Reducing Health Inequity
  • Working in the Community: A Field Study
  • Working With Communities: Lessons Learned from Public Health Interventions and Training
  • Interacting With Community Stakeholders: Visitation of Community Advisory Board Meeting

II – Resources for Research

  • Literature Searches and Reference Databases
  • The Protection of Human Subjects in Research: Working with an IRB

III – Grantsmanship

  • Writing Successful Grants
  • Writing Grants for Foundations
  • Grant Preparation: Guidelines To the Submission Process
  • Developing a Group Project
  • Mock Study Section

IV – Health Policy and Socioeconomics of Health

  • Access To Healthcare for Undocumented Immigrants
  • Global Health and the World Economy
  • Disparities in Awareness and Utilization of Osteopathic Medicine: Previous Findings and Opportunities with Emerging Health Care Reform

V – Professional Development

  • How To Select A Mentor
  • Building Mentor/Mentee Relations
  • Experiences from the STAR Fellowship: From Training to Funding
  • The Academic Experience in Current Research

VI – Concepts in Basic, Translational and Clinical Research

  • Framework for a Translational Project in Health Disparities
  • Health Disparities & Novel Biomarkers for HIV-1 Neurocognitive Disease
  • Infant Mortality: A Life Course Perspective and the Healthy Moms-Healthy Babies-Healthy Community Initiative

The primary objective of the fellowship program is to enhance fellows’ skills in writing successful grants. Preference is given to applicants who are not yet funded.

Costs of attendance at the STAR Fellowship Program are covered by a grant from the National Institutes on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

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