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For a decade, the Academy was proud to serve as the National Program Office for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program. The program closed after the graduation of the final cohort of scholars in February 2017.
The Academy is the National Program Office for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars, 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 upon 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; and
Develop, evaluate and disseminate knowledge and interventions that integrate and act on these determinants to improve health.
This intensive 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. The program selects 12 post-doctoral and junior faculty scholars through a national competition and supports two years of training at one of four universities—Columbia University, Harvard University, University of California (San Francisco and Berkeley), and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Scholars are encouraged to move beyond their home disciplines and research methods and work with an interdisciplinary group of colleagues and faculty.
As the National Program Office, the Academy manages and administers the program at each of the four participating universities. The Academy also organizes and hosts annual meetings develops and maintains an alumni network, and provides cross-cutting educational opportunities.