The UCLA/Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program, under the direction of Professor Roger Detels, provides training leading to the Masters of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in epidemiology of HIV/AIDS for health professionals from China, Myanmar, and Thailand. In addition, health professionals can attend three-month courses concentrating primarily in HIV/AIDS at UCLA. Only health professionals who guarantee that they will return to their country will be considered.
The objective of the program is to build the research capacity of the collaborating countries in HIV/AIDS to help control the epidemic. For this reason trainees are required to complete the field work for their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation on an HIV/AIDS-related problem in their home country. The UCLA/AITRP collaborates with leading universities and HIV/AIDS control programs in each of the collaborating countries.
The UCLA/AITRP provides airfare, tuition and fees, academic expenses, a living allowance, health insurance and a portable computer with software and printer for each of the trainees. Trainees in the M.S. program typically spend from 15-21 months in formal course work at UCLA and 3-6 months completing their field work and thesis. Ph.D. trainees usually spend three years in academic studies at UCLA and 12 to 18 months completing their dissertation. Ph.D. trainees are required to return to UCLA to defend their dissertation.