Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research

The Foundation's Scholars in Health Policy Research Program 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 Scholars Program at UC Berkeley/UCSF to provide stimulating and demanding two-year postdoctoral training 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 by fostering a thirst for discovery. Each Scholar will have frequent 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 Goldman School of Public Policy, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (UCSF), and the UCSF Institute on Health and Aging, in addition to three core departments of economics, political science, and sociology. The goals of the 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.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $2,936,700.00

Awarded on: 7/16/2010

Time frame: 8/1/2010 - 7/31/2013

Grant Number: 67950


University of California, Berkeley

200 California Hall, Suite 1500
Berkeley, 94720-1500


John W. Ellwood
Project Director