Northern California is one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the world, and this diversity is evidenced in the master's level student populations training in health at Bay Area academic institutions. However, as is true elsewhere, only a small proportion of minority students go on to pursue doctoral degrees, resulting in a national shortage of experienced minority investigators in cancer prevention and control. The purpose of the Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR) is to increase ethnic diversity in the field of cancer control research by encouraging minority students in master's level health programs as well as master's trained health professionals to pursue a doctoral degree and a career in research. The program has been designed to enhance participants':
- understanding of the power of research to effect change
- awareness of the strengths and limitations of research methods, theory, and interventions in eliminating health disparities
- interest in cancer control research, from surveillance to epidemiology, individual behavior change, health services, and policy research
- research, networking, information seeking skills, and motivation and ability to successfully apply to a doctoral program.