Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program is based on the principle that progress in the field of population health depends on multidisciplinary collaboration and exchange. Its goal is to improve health by training scholars to:

  • Investigate rigorously the connections among biological, genetic, behavioral, environmental, economic and social determinants of health.
  • Develop, evaluate and disseminate knowledge and interventions that integrate and act on these determinants to improve health.

The program is intended to produce leaders who will change the questions asked, the methods employed to analyze problems and the range of solutions to reduce population health disparities and improve the health of all Americans.

Beginning in the fall of 2014, up to 12 scholars who have completed their doctoral training in a variety of fields will be selected. Scholars spend two years at one of four nationally prominent universities: Harvard University, Columbia University, University of Wisconsin, or University of California, San Francisco/Berkeley.

Scholars receive a stipend of $80,000, annually. During their time in the program, scholars participate in intensive seminars, produce scholar-directed research and analysis, and receive focused training in the skills necessary for effective leadership, program implementation and policy change.



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 Health & Society Scholars

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