Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College
Supporting the historic mission of Meharry Medical College to improve the health and health care of minority and underserved communities, the RWJF Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College offers a fellowship leading to a doctorate degree. The College:
- Creates leadership at both Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University by educating and training those who are committed to health policy education, research and reform specific to improving the health and health care of minority and underserved communities.
- Conducts research to study and provide information on health disparities that impact minority and underserved communities, and to examine related health policies that may alleviate or be responsible for these disparities.
- Develops policy expertise in the area of health disparities, particularly those relevant to health care planning, health care resource allocation, health maintenance, health promotion, health programs, interventions and strategies specific to minority and underserved communities.
The Certificate of Health Policy program at Meharry Medical College offers students within various disciplines the opportunity to expand their knowledge of health policy as it relates to health care planning, health care resource allocation, health maintenance, health promotion, health programs and interventions, and strategies specific to minority and underserved communities. Students will learn from faculty of multiple specialties from both Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University. The program’s curriculum spans one and a half years of training and includes a supplemental paid externship experience at a national organization.
Beginning in 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will develop new programs that strive to increase the number of scholars/fellows/leaders we support annually. As part of this transition, we will wind down and conclude ten Human Capital programs, including the Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College.
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The RWJF Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College Health Policy Certificate Program has been a great asset to me, and I would gladly recommend it to any aspiring professional who would like to broaden his or her understanding of health care systems and the policies driving our system, both domestically and abroad. Being part of such a diverse group of seasoned professionals is an honor. Where else can you have a discussion on a topic in health policy and discover the perspective of a basic scientist, a physician, an academician, a dentist and a political scientist—all in one room? It is much like having our own congressional meeting, with experts from different fields delivering their view on a particular issue. Many of our class members have unique experiences that provide a wealth of fresh ideas.