ABOUT HEALTH POLICY
RESEARCH SCHOLARS

Health Policy Research Scholars is a leadership development opportunity for second-year full-time doctoral students from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds—students whose ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, and other factors allow them to bring unique and diverse perspectives to their research. They want to apply their research to advance health and equity, and their innovation helps build a Culture of Health, one that enables everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.

The Health Policy Research Scholars program includes scholars from disciplines as diverse as psychology, architecture, transportation, sociology, social welfare, environmental health and many others. We’re always looking for even broader representation from any research-focused discipline that can advance a Culture of Health.

“I am passionate about the idea that the most effective change for communities comes from within. The basis for successful research or policy programs is ingrained in HPRS’s action areas for building a Culture of Health, where all Americans have community support and the ability to make choices about their own lives and health.“
— Katherine Gutierrez

Katherine Gutierrez, PhD Student, Economics, University of New Mexico

The experience: HEALTH POLICY RESEARCH SCHOLARS

Over the course of the program, scholars will:

  • Receive an annual stipend of up to $30,000 for up to four years. They may continue in the program, without the annual stipend, during the fifth year or until completion of their doctoral program, whichever occurs first.
  • Receive training in health policy translation, dissemination, communication, health equity, and population health.
  • Develop high-level leadership skills through professional coaching, networking, and an advanced leadership curriculum, including in-person leadership sessions as well as distance-based learning using interactive technology.
  • Continue working from their home institution and applying new learnings in real time.
  • Receive dissertation support and mentoring.
  • Establish and strengthen professional ties to public health and industry leaders.
  • Be eligible for a competitive dissertation grant of up to $10,000.

The result: LEADERS EQUIPPED TO BUILD A CULTURE OF HEALTH IN AMERICA

Upon completion, scholars will be equipped to:

  • Lead and collaborate across sectors, professions, and disciplines.
  • Engage and develop policy relevant research that supports community-led action.
  • Apply research to influence policy related to population health, health equity, and social determinants of health.
  • Frame systemic issues and build policy solutions.
  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of the root causes of inequity, Culture of Health, research, and other concepts.

Health Policy Research Scholars is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

These programs continue the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s legacy of supporting the development and diversity of leaders. Initially focused on health and health care, the programs have been expanded, because we know that building a Culture of Health requires all of us in every sector, profession, and discipline working together.

For more than 40 years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. It is working with others to build a national Culture of Health, enabling everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.

Our partners are instrumental in developing and delivering curriculum, providing mentorship and coaching, and extending the network of scholars.

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