Doctoral Student Education

The Meyers Primary Care Institute (MPCI) faculty plays an important role in the education of PhD and MD/PhD students and clinical researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Clinical and Population Health Research Program.  This includes delivering courses related to epidemiologic and health services research methods, and teaching and mentoring doctoral students in clinical and population health research.  We also offer health services research laboratory experiences during semester-long research rotations.

MPCI faculty mentor individual doctoral students and serve on thesis committees for students in the Clinical and Population Health Research Program and Millennial PhD program.

 Maira Castaneda Avila


“My long-term career goal is to become an independent researcher in an academic institution where I can conduct research on cancer prevention and control in underserved populations. The Meyers Primary Care Institute has provided me the opportunity to collaborate with wonderful faculty and has helped me on my path towards pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical and Population Health focused on using large electronic health databases to study health disparities in cancer.”

Maira Castaneda Avila
CPHR Student
PhD Candidate

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