Program Details

The Program

The Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy is a one-year, full-time, academic degree-granting program designed to prepare physicians for leadership roles in transforming health care delivery systems and promoting health policies and practices that improve access to high performance health care for racial and ethnic minorities, economically disadvantaged groups, and other vulnerable populations.  Program offers intensive study in health policy, public health, and management for physicians committed to transforming delivery systems for vulnerable populations. Fellows complete academic work leading to a Master of Public Health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health, or a Master of Public Administration degree at the Harvard Kennedy School with prior MPH. Fellows also participate in leadership forums and seminars with nationally recognized leaders in health care delivery systems, minority health, and health policy.  An optional second year of practicum experience to supplement the fellows’ academic and leadership development training at Harvard with practical experience creating high performance health care for vulnerable populations is also available.

Each fellowship provides: $60,000 stipend, full tuition,health insurance, books, travel, and related program expenses, including financialassistance for a practicum project.

The Fellowship is designed to prepare physician-leaders who will, over time, improve the capacity of the health care system to promote policies and practices that improve minority, disadvantaged and vulnerable populations’ access to high quality care. To accomplish this, the program will:

  • Provide strong academic training and coursework, including an MPH or MPA, for highly qualified physicians.
  • Enhance the leadership ability of physicians, offering them substantive knowledge in health policy and management, while creating a network of physician-leaders capable of advancing successfully among the public, nonprofit, and academic sectors.
  • Provide each fellow with mentoring by Harvard senior faculty and administrators as well as access to national leaders in health policy and public health practice.
  • Bring together the faculty and resources of HMS, HSPH, and HKS to provide an enhanced core curriculum addressing transformation of health care delivery systems, health policy and practice, health provision and managed care, and health quality improvement, particularly as they relate to minority health issues.
  • Utilize resources at HMS, including the Office for Diversity and Community Partnership (DCP) and MFDP, to enhance the networking, career development, and career advancement of fellows.
  • Link to program activities co-sponsored with the HSPH Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development.

CONCENTRATION IN HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT AND POLICY (CMP)

The MPH in Health Care Management and Policy (CMP) offers two substantive areas of focus.  The Management Focus prepares professionals for positions in health care delivery organizations from integrated health systems to the various components (e.g., insurers/risk-takers, hospitals, physicians, sub-acute and long-term care, pharmaceuticals).  The Policy Focus prepares health professionals for positions in health policy, as consultants, advocates, or directly as policy makers.  Both the policy and the management areas can lead to careers in the 

Core Curriculum and Course Listing

Please see the core curriculum and course listing in the Curriculum page.

Advanced Training

The Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy incorporates academic work leading to a master degree in public health management and training components beyond the basic curriculum: Leadership Forums, Seminar Series, Practicum, Site Visits, Shadowing, Journal Club, Annual Meeting