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Philadelphia Fellowship for Urban Health Policy

Urban Health Policy

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health started a fellowship in Urban Health Policy in 2016. This two-year paid fellowship is designed specifically for those with baccalaureate degrees in public health. During the program, Urban Health Policy Fellows work directly with senior leaders of one of the nation’s most innovative health departments on high priority projects, while receiving on-the-job training in public health policy development. The next class of the fellowship will begin in early July 2018, and continue through June 2020.

The Urban Health Policy Fellowship

Urban Health Policy Fellows at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health work on priority health issues that the city is facing. Examples include opioid addiction and overdose, smoking, obesity, HIV, binge alcohol consumption, gun violence, lead poisoning, childhood asthma, and innovative use of electronic health record data. Fellows work on teams addressing issues such as these, and will be assigned specific projects that help the agency understand the problem, engage with stakeholders, develop policy solutions, recruit support, and/or implement policies.

To ensure that the experience is broad, Fellows rotate among different divisions in the health department over the two-year program. In addition, Fellows will learn about the entire agency by attending management meetings and participating in small-group sessions with internal and external public health experts. The Fellows will also benefit from the mentorship of Urban Health Policy Fellows who are in their second year of fellowship.

Eligibility and Application Process

You are eligible to apply to be an Urban Health Policy Fellow if you have graduated in the last two years (or before July 1, 2018) from a college or university in the United States with a baccalaureate degree and a major in public health, global health, or community health. To apply, electronically submit:

  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in the fellowship;
  • A resume that summarizes your educational experience, your work experience, and your skills with data analysis (e.g., use of Excel, SPSS and/or other analysis software);
  • A 3-5 page sample of your writing (for example, a paper that you wrote for a class assignment or an article that you wrote for a school publication);
  • An undergraduate transcript (unofficial is fine);
  • The names and contact information for two persons who can serve as references, one of whom is a faculty member and one of whom served as a supervisor for a work or internship experience.

The deadline for the application is Friday, March 9, 2018. Applications should be sent to