Training Core Programs & Projects

Factory Mentoring Programs

Our faculty mentoring programs entail:

  1. Cross-Training Faculty. Opportunities for cross-training arise mainly from interactions in seminars and through less formal meetings wherein people learn of each other’s work and are intrigued by the idea of incorporating elements into their own.
  2. Opportunities for Formal Academic Training. All tenure-track faculty members at the University of South Carolina receive tuition remission for one class each semester to promote their development. In addition, many opportunities beyond those at USC. The most appropriate are short courses, often offered during the summer or as part of national meetings at NCI or APHA.
  3. In addition to one-on-one mentoring relationships, we have implemented a number of practices that have proven to enhance academic productivity and satisfy individuals’ needs for personal and professional growth.

Training & Health Disparities Seminar Series

The seminar series provides a constructive and collegial environment for USC & Benedict faculty, students, and our community partners.

  1. We present research findings, innovative methods;
  2. We highlight collaborative/partnership mentoring and research projects related to health disparities;
  3. We increase awareness and raise participation in efforts to eliminate health disparities and training;
  4. We provide an opportunity for networking.

Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Minor in Health Disparities Research and Action

At the University of South Carolina, 20% of undergraduates and at Benedict College, 95% of students are first generation college students come from medically under-served communities. There is a strong desire among students and faculty to “give back” to the community after pursuing higher education. Faculty at USC and Benedict College are teaming up to develop this collaboratory program. Our Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Minor in Health Disparities Research and Action provides unique training opportunities for undergraduate students at the University of South Carolina and Benedict College. Students will receive cutting edge training in the practice and science of disparity reduction. The minor program engages students and promotes the use of interdisciplinary methods and innovative approaches in their research or health practice.