Biosocial Training Program


Biosocial Training Program


Program Overview

The National Institutes of Health has called for novel integrative research, from cells to society, to better address the complex web of factors that influence health across the life course, cause persistent health inequalities, and result in relatively poor overall levels of health for US society compared with other high-income countries. Yet, to date, there are significant gaps in interdisciplinary research training programs aimed at cultivating junior scientists who are sufficiently equipped to develop creative solutions for addressing health inequities across the life course and persistently poor health for the whole US population. Perhaps most notably, there are very few training programs that specifically aim to integrate approaches from the social and biological/health sciences by providing training on the theory, measures, and methods that can be used together in research to address the complexity of causal factors that influence health and health disparities across the life course. Our new program, entitled “From Biological to Social Processes: Interdisciplinary Training in Life Course Research” (also known as the “Biosocial” training program at the CPC), aims to promote and support disciplinary pivoting among PhD students and post-doctoral researchers from both the social sciences and biological/health sciences, to produce junior scientists who will conduct truly integrative work that will address some of the country’s most pressing health problems.

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