Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program was designed to build the field of population health by training scholars to investigate the connections among biological, behavioral, environmental, economic, and social determinants of health; and develop, evaluate, and disseminate knowledge and interventions based upon integration of these determinants.This grant supports two Health and Society (HSS) scholars in the tenth cohort, as well as the infrastructure, intellectual activities, and research opportunities that will provide training for these future leaders in population health. The HSS program at the University of Michigan strives to provide training and mentoring in population health and its determinants to scholars from a diverse set of disciplinary fields in order to promote novel interdisciplinary approaches to the understanding and solution of population health problems. A second major goal is to disseminate this multilevel and interdisciplinary approach to population health throughout the University of Michigan community, in order to promote new research and collaborations in this area, while enhancing the quantity and quality of interdisciplinary population health research. The program emphasizes the importance of linking myriad causal factors in order to understand and improve population health and eliminate health inequalities. The program brings together faculty from multiple disciplines in order to create an interdisciplinary environment in which scholars can gain depth, breadth, and a wide set of research opportunities in a broad set of issues relevant to population health. Scholar training/mentoring will be achieved through a combination of structured activities and personalized mentoring. The promotion of population health at the University level will be accomplished through curricular activities, an invited speakers' research seminar series, and a small grant program aimed at promoting original interdisciplinary approaches to population health research. These activities will change the career trajectories of individual Scholars, the quantity and quality of interdisciplinary research performed at the University and the development of the field of population health more generally.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $1,122,000.00

Awarded on: 7/11/2012

Time frame: 9/1/2012 - 8/31/2015

Grant Number: 70278


University of Michigan School of Public Health

1420 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, 48109-2013


James S. House
Project Director


Carlos Mendes de Leon
Project Director


Jeffrey D. Morenoff
Project Director


Mark L. Wilson
Project Director