Dates of Program: 1991 through 2015
Field of Work: Attracting young economists, political scientists, and sociologists to the field of health policy.
Problem Synopsis: As the health sector has grown in size and complexity, so too has the need for health policy research that informs and advances policies to improve the health and health care of people. The field of health policy research is young, and knowledgeable observers generally agree that it suffers from a shortage of creative thinkers and policy analysts.
Synopsis of the Work: RWJF established the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program in 1991 to produce the next generation of creative thinkers and problem solvers in health policy. The program places talented recent graduates of doctoral programs in economics, political science, and sociology at one of three prestigious universities for two years. Scholars receive an annual $89,000 stipend (as of 2012) to support them in designing and executing health policy research projects.