The training philosophy at Minnesota is that research is best learned by hands-on experience with appropriate faculty guidance.
Specific research areas include the description and explanation of cardiovascular disease (CVD) trends in populations, individual and population correlations between risk characteristics and disease rates in defined cohorts, studies of the genetic epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, experimental studies in the modification of risk characteristics, public health trials of interventions in schools and whole communities, and the development of new methods to study etiology, treatment and prevention.
For postdoctoral fellows, the coursework component of the program is based on areas outside their prior experience. An MPH degree is available. For predoctoral fellows, specific coursework is usually required depending on the individual background. The areas of importance are epidemiology and biostatistics, behavioral science and nutritional epidemiology.
- For predoctoral fellows, the fellowship supports the PhD degree. A minimum of three years fellowship is anticipated.
- For postdoctoral fellows the training period is usually 2-3 years but depends on interest, prior skills and experience; only rarely is a one-year fellowship considered.