The Foundation's Scholars in Health Policy Research Program (SHPRP) was designed to provide postdoctoral training targeted to the most promising graduates of programs in the three disciplines of economics, political science, and sociology to advance their involvement in health policy research.This project supports the SHPRP at Harvard to provide a stimulating and demanding two-year postdoctoral training program for social scientists interested in health, health policy and health services research. Training will build on the scholars' strong disciplinary grounding both by expanding their knowledge of other disciplines and of health care institutions, politics and policy, and also for fostering a thirst for discovery. Each scholar will have frequent one-on-one interaction with professors familiar with the challenges and opportunities of interdisciplinary research. Scholars will be matched by interest with two mentors, at least one of whom is a member of the core faculty. Key core faculty are drawn from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, in addition to three core departments of economics, government and sociology. The goals of this program are to: (1) extend the scholars' knowledge about health, health care and health policy; (2) highlight the important relevance of social, economic and political factors in the design and implementation of health policy; (3) educate the scholars about opportunities in the federal, state and private arenas on how to influence health policy; (4) affect health policy through research and writing; and (5) nurture the scholars' intellect and motivation to effect change.
Amount Awarded $6,627,524.00
Awarded on: 7/25/2006
Time frame: 8/1/2006 - 7/31/2011
Grant Number: 58333