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Diversifying the Health Professions: A Model Program

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Objective: To describe a university-based mentoring program in the food and nutritional sciences that addresses the need for multicultural professionals in allied health fields. Methods: The conceptual model for the program includes inputs (goals, resources), transformational process (professional development, social support and recognition) and outcomes (student participation, graduation and placement rates). Outcome data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results: Between 1993 and 2001, 49 students completed the program, 43 (88%) graduated, 23 were placed in graduate or professional schools, and 21 obtained professional positions. Conclusion: This mentoring model resulted in multicultural students who successfully entered health professions.

Keywords: mentoring; minorities; student development

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.27.3.5

Affiliations: College of Human Sciences, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.

Publication date: May 1, 2003

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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