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Bloomberg American Health Initiative

Bloomberg Doctoral Fellows Program

Fellows

The Bloomberg Doctoral Fellows Program is a groundbreaking initiative to provide world-class public health training to individuals engaged with organizations tackling critical challenges facing the United States. When fully implemented, 10 fellows will receive full-tuition scholarships each year to attain the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School’s Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree.

Throughout their training, Bloomberg Fellows will be embedded within their organizations and, following graduation, they will work for at least one year for their organizations. These individuals and organizations will join a growing network of scholars, educators and practitioners devoted to using the tools of public health to address the problems of the twenty-first century.

The DrPH program is a predominantly part-time program—taught through a mix of summer and winter institutes and online classes—that is designed for the student who already has an MPH or equivalent degree and who intends to pursue a leadership position as a public health professional. Through the integration and application of a broad range of knowledge and analytical skills in leadership, policy, program management and professional communication—coupled with preparation in a specific public health field—graduates of the DrPH program are prepared for careers in public agencies or private sector settings that emphasize improving population health.

The Bloomberg School of Public Health strives for a highly diverse class in terms of race and ethnicity, income, geography and other key areas.

Collaborating Organizations

Unlike the direct-line relationship between most scholarship programs and their beneficiaries, the Bloomberg Doctoral Fellows Program is a triangle that connects the Bloomberg School, the fellows and the collaborating organizations that employ them. The collaborating organizations will play several vital roles:

  • Nominating prospective Bloomberg Doctoral Fellows

  • Providing practice opportunities for fellows during the DrPH program

  • Participating in a network of organizations using evidence to make progress in health

  • Engaging with faculty and staff at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to exchange ideas and opportunities for collaboration

Collaborating organizations will be located across the United States and will reflect the diversity of efforts addressing critical challenges in the five Bloomberg American Health Initiative focus areas: (i) addiction and overdose; (ii) environmental challenges; (iii) obesity and the food system; (iv) risks to adolescent health; and (v) violence. 

Networks to facilitate research and action

Bloomberg Fellows will have a unique experience. Throughout their studies and as alumni, they will join and help to lead problem-solving networks that bring together expert faculty, and public and private organizations from across the country. As they grow over time, these networks will increase in importance and impact.

Problem-focused networks. In each of the five focus areas, anchor faculty will develop a network involving Bloomberg Fellows, alumni and organizations to understand and overcome common challenges, establish collaborative research projects and implement evidence-based policies and programs. Each of these networks will maintain an online platform for information sharing and collaboration.

Cross-cutting networks. In addition, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will host a major annual summit. The summits will provide an opportunity to forge connections across focus areas. The first summit will take place in fall 2018. 

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