Diversity Programs

Special Programs

HVRC Training Activities
There are three active NIH or Department of Education-funded training programs focused on increasing diversity, sponsored by the Hypertension & Vascular Research Center:

  • The first training grant is the “Excellence in Cardiovascular Sciences” (EICS) summer program for minority students.  This program funded by NHLBI funds 12 positions for summer research experiences.  This program has been in existence for over 20 years.
  • The second program offered is the Post-baccalaureate Research Education (PREP) Scholars opportunity funded by the NIGMS and provides 1-2 years of research, coursework and GRE preparation to under-represented students seeking a career in research in the biomedical sciences.
  • The third program provides opportunities for science majors to visit Brazil. The “Translational Biomedical Sciences Training For Underrepresented Minors” (TBS) program is for graduate and undergraduate students from WFU, WFSM, WSSU and NCCU to participate in independent study in Brazil and experience Brazilian culture and language.  Brazilian students from partner institutions come to WFSM for a 4-6 month reciprocal exchange.

Prime Program

The Postdoctoral Research, Instruction, and Mentoring Experience (PRIME) program is designed to develop highly-skilled biomedical scientists to teach the next generation of clinical researchers and allied health professionals. Our objective is to increase the numbers of academic researchers from under-represented minorities (URM) in the medical and allied health professions, and to train them to utilize innovative methods that enhance the learning environment and support the career development of URM pre-professional and allied health professions students.


Health Disparities in Neuroscience-related Disorders (MS)

The goal of the Health Disparities in Neuroscience-related Disorders master’s program is to recruit students from diverse backgrounds into Health Disparities research program. The program builds on unique resources at Wake Forest University that make it an ideal institution for students to succeed.

Academic Programs

For your convenience, the attached PDF document provides a listing of all academic programs and PhD Tracks offered, along with contact information.


To see a list of Programs:

Biomedical Science Graduate Programs Brochure