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For more than three decades, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program has fostered the development of physicians who are leading the transformation of health care in this country through positions in academic medicine, public health, and other leadership roles. Through the program, future leaders learn to conduct innovative research and work with communities, organizations, practitioners and policy makers on issues important to the health and well-being of all Americans.

More information about the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation can be found here.


Listen to the RWJF Clinical Scholars Health Policy Podcast series, hosted by our scholars, here.


National Training Sites

The University of Pennsylvania is one of four training sites for The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.

Other training sites include:

Each program is committed to the core goal of the Clinical Scholars Program: the integration of scholars’ clinical training with skills in program development and research methodology to help find solutions for issues in public policy, community health and health services research.

More information about the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program at the national level can be found here.

RWJ CSP at Penn

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The core of the RWJ CSP training experience at Penn includes coursework and a thesis leading to a Master of Science in Health Policy Research (MSHP) degree. The MSHP program prepares graduates for health services research and health policy research careers in academia, government, community, and industry.

Major Curricula Areas

  • Core courses in health economics, health policy, research methods and statistics
  • Mentored research/thesis

Degree Plan


Additional Training Areas

  • Leadership
  • Study design and analysis
  • Communication
  • Bioethics
  • Multidisciplinary science
  • Survey design
  • Career mapping
  • Grant writing and submission
  • Clinical experience


Health policy researchers are intrinsically multidisciplinary, using tools from a wide range of scientific disciplines to gain insight into the complex challenges facing health care. To this end, program faculty, including lecturers and individual scholar mentors, are drawn from across the University:

The Perelman School of Medicine

Penn Law

Penn School of Social Policy and Practice

The Wharton School

Penn Graduate School of Education

Penn Nursing

Annenberg School of Communication

Key Clinical Partners

photoUniversity of Pennsylvania Health System

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center



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