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Health and Society Scholars

The Health and Society Scholars Program, recently has been awarded a five year grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). It is a University-wide initiative and is highly prestigious. Penn was selected as one of six sites (the others are Harvard, Columbia, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, and University of California San Francisco/Berkeley). The program aims to train post-doctoral fellows toward the creation of a new field of health and society, focusing on population health, and the social determinants of health.

The new RWJF Health and Society Scholars program is currently recruiting the first cohort of Scholars (entering August 2003). This program is an intensive two-year postdoctoral training fellowship designed "to build the nation”s capacity for research, leadership and action to address the broad range of factors affecting health." Applications are due at the Foundation by October 25, 2002.

Please check the national RWJF Health and Society Scholars website which contains basic information about the program such as brief summaries of the six programs, eligibility requirements, and a timetable for applications, at

Please check the Penn-specific Health and Society Scholars website for an overview of the Penn program and specific information about involved faculty, core curriculum, health and society at Penn:

Also, please circulate these URLs to any potential applications and to colleagues at Penn and other institutions who are likely to be in contact with applicants. 

For more information about the Penn program, please contact:

Health & Society Scholars Program
University of Pennsylvania
3641 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6218
Phone: (215) 746-7744

-- David Asch,
RWJ Health and Society Scholars Program

Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 5, September 24, 2002


September 24, 2002
Volume 49 Number 5

The Annenbergs enhance Penn's Annenberg School for Communication with a new $100 million endowment.
A Sesquicentennial Celebration--celebrating 150 years of Engineering at Penn, this week.
LGBT Center celebrates new home and 20th anniversary on Thursday.
A White House Town Hall Meeting on Securing Cyberspace will be held on campus next Thursday.
Alumna on Jeopardy! tonight.
Speaking Out: Compensation; Safe-guarding Labs, and Arms of University.
Pottruck Health and Fitness Center--a state-of-the-art facility--gives new meaning to recreation.