Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP)

The Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP), a private university located in San Andrés Cholula, Puebla (central Mexico), was founded in 1940. UDLAP comprises five Schools: School of Arts and Humanities, School of Social Sciences, School of Engineering, School of Business and Economy, and the School of Sciences, which hosts the Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences and the Department of Health Sciences. UDLAP is formed by 645 faculty members of which 300 are full-time academics (75% have a PhD degree). Of these, 95 are members of the National Researchers System, which is part of the National Council of Science and Technology, a decentralised public body of the Mexican Federal Government dedicated to promoting and stimulating the development of science and technology throughout the country.

The research-oriented Doctorate programs at UDLAP have been selected considering the formation and abilities of the faculty and the available scientific infrastructure. These are defined by the National Council of Science and Technology, which in turn incorporates the objectives of the National Development Plan and the views of the scientific community. Through the Office of International Affairs, the University has collaboration agreements with more than 250 universities and research centers worldwide. UDLAP researchers participate in more than 100 research networks, collaborations and linkages both with national and international agencies, organizations and higher education institutions. UDLAP has reinforced intercultural interaction through the student mobility program agreed with more than 250 foreign universities of recognized academic prestige. This program fosters in students a global perspective, respect for the culture of other nations and tolerance for religious diversity. In the period 2013-2018, more than 4,000 UDLAP students participated in academic exchanges and have achieved a permanent representation of foreign students on the campus that currently reaches 8% of the total student population representing more than 60 nationalities.

As a member of the newly established Hemispheric University Consortium, the UDLAP Faculty has committed to serving as international research training site for UMSONHS and Department of public Health students from underrepresented populations seeking global research experiences. They have identified 4 faculty mentors with solid research portfolios and strong track records of mentorships and publication who will meet with the UMSONHS and Department of Public Health students in advance of their arrival in Mexico to plan their training as well as their cultural experience. UDLAP faculty mentors will guide the students through their research projects, and continue to work with them after they return to Miami on presentations and manuscripts that disseminate the results of their work. The UDLAP Faculty has committed its resources and infrastructure to implement the proposed training program.


Instituto Nacional de Cancerología (INCAN)

Founded in 1946, as the national cancer center of Mexico, the Instituto Nacional de Cancerología (INCAN) is a premier teaching and research institute that provides specialized medical treatment to patients with cancer. As one of the largest comprehensive cancer centers in Latin America, INCAN has nearly 200 inpatient beds and serves over 5,000 new patients a year, mainly those with low-income and no formal employment. INCAN has longstanding international collaborations with institutions worldwide, including the American Cancer Society, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the National Cancer Institute in the United States. INCAN has a robust National Cancer Control Program that spans from prevention to primary treatment and palliative care. With about 250 trainees, INCAN has residency programs (Medical Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Radio-Oncology, Gynecologic Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Nuclear Medicine, Critical Medicine, Internal Medicine, Radiology, Pathology, Cytology), fellowship programs, diploma programs, and different trainings and continuing education in psychology, dental medicine, and nursing.