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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 July 2018.

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 learn about the entire agency by attending management meetings and participating in small-group sessions with internal and external public health experts. First year Fellows also benefit from the mentorship of Urban Health Policy Fellows who are in their second year of the program.

Eligibility and Application Process

The application for the 2018-2020 class of Urban Health Policy Fellows has now closed. Please check back in January 2019 for information on the application process for the next class of Fellows.