Center of Excellence for Diversity in Health Education and Research


Mission Statement

The Center of Excellence for Diversity in Health Education and Research, now in its 19th year of operation is in the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. The Center's overall goal is to establish, facilitate, conduct and evaluate programs and projects that will enhance the health of under-represented minorities, particularly African Americans and Hispanics. The Center's activities and programs focus on training and educating under-represented physicians for faculty positions in the Schools of Medicine and for leadership positions in health care policy/administration and enhancing research on minority health issues. These activities and programs will improve the health of minorities and the public in general, and will enhance the ability of health care institutions to achieve their goals. The Center operates as an integral part of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and its Health System, and as such it aims to collaborate extensively with all units of the University that share its mission and goals. To accomplish its mission, the Center's principal goals are to:

  • Prepare undergraduate students for future leadership positions as physicians
  • Train under-represented medical students and physicians for positions of leadership
  • Recruit and train under-represented physicians for faculty positions
  • Develop and evaluate curricula components and materials on minority health
  • Enhance the quantity and quality of research focusing on the health of minorities
  • Improve the science and math skills of under-represented secondary school students
  • Create pipeline programs for secondary school students that enhance the likelihood of college enrollment and pursuit of a health professions degree

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