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 Harvard University site offers: (1) involvement of faculty from four different parts of the University (the School of Public Health, Arts and Sciences, the Kennedy School, and the Medical School); (2) one-on-one mentoring of Scholars by faculty members selected from both their home disciplines as well as a stretch discipline; (3) a year-long sequence of population health seminars organized thematically around problems (e.g., obesity, mental health), disciplinary theories and methods, and solutions (policies and interventions); and (4) a twice-yearly, University-wide competition for pilot research awards. By engaging the Scholars in the broadest range of approaches from the social to the biological, from the quantitative to the qualitative, from the societal to the cellular, the HSS program at Harvard will continue to equip a new generation of investigators to tackle the challenges of improving the health of Americans in the 21st century.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $1,122,000.00

Awarded on: 7/10/2012

Time frame: 9/1/2012 - 11/15/2014

Grant Number: 70277


Lisa F. Berkman
Project Director


Ichiro Kawachi
Project Director