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The Jackson Heart Study Graduate Training and Education Center (JHS GTEC) welcomes you to apply to the Daniel Hale Williams Scholars Program (DHWSP) of Jackson State University. The DHWSP is a two-year robust education training certificate program focusing on building evidence-based approaches to training graduate students in cardiovascular epidemiology research.

Daniel Hale Williams Scholars Program

The DHWS program is named in honor of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams (1858-1931), who serves as an inspiring model for all of our scholars. Dr. Williams was the first African American physician admitted to the American College of Surgeons, performed the first successful open heart surgery, founded the first interracial hospital, created two hospital-based training programs for nursing, and co-founded the National Medical Association.

The two year mentored research training program consists of Web-based courses and includes guidance from mentors to develop a research project utilizing JHS data followed by submission to a peer reviewed journal. Throughout the Daniel Hale Williams Scholar program, scholars are able to expand their public health skills from the training they receive in cardiovascular epidemiology, biostatistics, and social epidemiology.  An additional advantage of the DHW Scholar program is scholars get an opportunity to do research using the JHS data sets and are able to interact with researchers and investigators who are familiar with the JHS data and JHS research. They are also afforded opportunities to interact with renowned scientists from institutions around the country and have the opportunity to participate in research, presentations, and publications.


The JHS DHWSP is sponsored by the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI – HHSN268201800013I), and National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities through Jackson State University.


Jackson Heart Study Graduate Training and Education Center


Jackson Heart Study Graduate Training and Education Center
Jackson State University School of Public Health
Jackson Medical Mall, Suite 2900-B
350 West Woodrow Wilson Avenue
Jackson, MS 39213


Phone:  601-979-8700
Fax:  601-979-1412