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UNC BIRCWH works in conjunction with national institutes and other BIRCWH sites to create courses that further knowledge in of women's health research.

UNC BIRCWH Scholars have available to them any graduate level course offered at UNC. Traditional courses are administered through the UNC Gillings School of Public Health and are geared toward clinical and translational scientists. Scholars can also pursue an advanced degree such as Masters in Public Health (MPH) or Masters of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR). BIRCWH Scholars may choose to enroll in graduate courses offered by any department at UNC to adapt their training to their individual needs or may enroll in on-line courses. Although many Scholars choose courses required for the MSCR, they can also select electives offered by the School of Public Health that focus on more advanced aspects of research design and data analysis. In addition, Scholars can pursue training in any one of the Certificate Programs at UNC (eg, Interdisciplinary Certificate in Health Disparities).

Because a primary goal of the BIRCWH Program is to launch the independently funded careers of early stage researchers, BIRCWH Scholars have several resources available to them to assist with preparation of grant proposals. Specific, required, courses include:



Scholars will have a research grant proposal developed upon completion of EPID 805/806. To achieve this, Scholars receive instruction on an interdisciplinary approach to clinical research, including epidemiologic, social science, and decision-analytic methods; medical ethics; health policy; health economics; and medical care epidemiology.

Under the direction of 2-3 faculty from NC TraCS and the Scholar’s mentors, the Scholar will prepare the first R or R-type grant application through a series of meetings focusing on specific parts of the grant. The groups meet over 4 months with the goal of producing a proposal to undergo mock study section review approximately 2 months before the target submission date.


Introduces Scholars to interdisciplinary research. Topics include:

  1. panel discussions and presentations to illustrate techniques employed by successful leaders in academia and industry (eg, leadership, mentoring, managing and resolving conflict, team dynamics);
  2. sessions on professional development (eg, promotion and tenure, writing for journals);
  3. brief (10-15 minute) work- in-progress sessions that require presenters to describe their research to diverse audiences, many of whom are unacquainted with their science;
  4. small group sessions during which Scholars have an opportunity to obtain feedback on a manuscript or grant; and
  5. mock reviews, which are formal sessions designed to simulate an NIH study section for either a career development award or research application.

An important component to EPID 896 is training in team science. Students in EPID 896 are provided with a copy of “Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide”, available on-line from the National Cancer Institute. Topics covered in the Field Guide are addressed throughout the semester during lectures, panel discussions, and small group sessions.

Online, Required

The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health is a series of online courses developed by the FDA’s Office of Women’s Health and the NIH’s Office of Research on Women’s Health. The current course topical offerings are:

  • The Basic Science and the Biological Basis for Sex- and Gender-Related Differences
  • Sex and Gender Differences in Health and Behavior
  • The Influence of Sex and Gender on Disease Expression and Treatment

This course was developed for researchers, clinicians, health care professionals, educators, and students who wish to gain a basic scientific understanding of the major physiological differences between the sexes, the influences these differences have on illness and health outcomes, and the implications for policy, medical research, and health care. The series of courses is open to the public, and qualify as continuing medical, nursing, and pharmacy education credits. This on-line course provides a foundation for sex and gender accountability in medical research and treatment. Scholars will complete the ~15 hours of on-line coursework within the first quarter of appointment to the UNC BIRCWH program. Topics covered will be integrated into the focused K seminar curriculum, the T32 Seminar curriculum, and in EPID 896.

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