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NIH-supported disease prevention research generally falls along a research continuum that moves from hypothesis development to implementation projects, regardless of the scientific field or the funding Institute or Center (IC). The data collected in each phase helps inform the research conducted in the next phase, and also helps scientists refine and improve their research questions. Though individual ICs may customize the prevention research process to best reflect their needs, the research phases are similar across the NIH.

Along the entire continuum, the NIH devotes resources to educate and train the next generation of disease prevention scientists, with particular attention to the development of individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Educating the public and health professionals to inform them about scientific advances and ways to improve health is also a critical part of the NIH research mission.

Research Training

The NIH offers a broad range of research training and career development opportunities for individuals at various career stages, from high school students to established scientists.

Our NIH Training Opportunities in Prevention Research Methods resource offers a comprehensive and searchable list of courses, webinars, and training tools for prevention researchers. The types of courses you will find include:

  • Webinars
    • Medicine: Mind the Gap Webinar Series
      Office of Disease Prevention (ODP)
      Medicine: Mind the Gap is a webinar series that explores research design, measurement, intervention, data analysis, and other methods of interest to prevention science. Webinars include additional resources such as references, presentation slides, and archived videocasts.
    • Research to Reality Cyber-Seminars
      National Cancer Institute (NCI)
      Research to Reality is an online community of practice designed to bring together cancer control practitioners and researchers to discuss moving evidence-based programs into practice. These cyber-seminars are an information resource where members can connect and collaborate with other public health professionals.
  • Fellowships
    • Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program
      National Cancer Institute (NCI)
      The NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program provides postdoctoral training opportunities in cancer prevention and control.
    • Fellowships in Environmental Medicine for Medical Students
      National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
      This one-year fellowship program provides an opportunity for medical students to learn about prevention research related to reducing exposure to environmental toxins.
  • In-Person and Online Training Courses
    • Pragmatic and Group-Randomized Trials in Public Health and Medicine
      Office of Disease Prevention (ODP)
      This free, 7-part, online course presented by Dr. David M. Murray provides a detailed guide to designing and analyzing group-randomized trials (GRTs). The course includes video presentations, slide sets, suggested reading materials, and guided activities.
    • Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health
      National Cancer Institute (NCI)
      One of the most critical issues impeding improvements in public health today is the enormous gap between the knowledge we have about what can optimize health and health care and what is actually implemented in everyday practice. The science of dissemination and implementation seeks to bridge this gap by understanding how to ensure that evidence-based strategies are effectively delivered in clinical and public health practice.
    • Principles and Practices of Cancer Prevention and Control Course
      National Cancer Institute (NCI)
      This four-week summer course provides specialized instruction in the principles and practice of cancer prevention and control. Participants will gain a broad-based perspective on concepts, issues, and applications related to this field. The course is part of the NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention, which also includes the Molecular Prevention Course.
    • Alcohol Prevention Science Research Training Program External Website Policy
      National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
      This program is designed to enrich the capabilities of postdoctoral fellows who study alcohol abuse and related problems. This training program will provide fellows with insights and skills needed for successful scientific careers.
  • Assessment Tools
    • NIH Toolbox External Website Policy
      NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research
      The NIH Toolbox includes over 100 stand-alone measures, also available in 30-minute batteries, to assess Cognition, Emotion, Motor, and Sensation.
    • Diet History Questionnaire: Step-by-Step Instructions
      National Cancer Institute (NCI)
      The Diet History Questionnaire (DHQ) is a freely available food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) developed by staff at the Risk Factor Assessment Branch (RFAB). It can be used by researchers, clinicians, or teachers without permission.