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.
- Have completed their doctoral training (including the award of their doctoral degree or letter of completion from their registrar’s office) by the time of entry into the program in one of a variety of fields including, but not limited to, behavioral and social sciences, biological and natural sciences, health professions, public policy, public health, history, demography, environmental sciences, urban planning, and engineering.
- Have significant research experience. Past training in health-related areas is not a requirement, but applicants must clearly connect their research interests to substantive population health concerns.
- Welcome the challenge of building the field of population health.
The RWJF Health & Society Scholars program allowed me to develop a strong interdisciplinary focus and to not be risk-averse in addressing complex population-health research questions that have implications for policy. I was among the first cohort of the Health & Society Scholars and will always be inspired by the goals of the program and the success it has garnered for researchers who want to address tough population-health issues.