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Health Policy Fellowship - The Health Policy Fellowship is a partnership between the Center for Mississippi Health Policy and the John D. Bower School of Population Health (SOPH). It is designed to train students, residents, and faculty in the SOPH about health care policy and the legislative process as a means of preparing them to utilize this knowledge in future scholarship and practice to positively impact the health of populations.  

The fellowship is available to outstanding graduate students, residents, and faculty members in the SOPH who:

  1. express an interest in and commitment to using the fellowship experience to incorporate population health, health care, and health policy into their scholarship and/or practice and
  2. agree to participate in all components of the fellowship program.

The fellowship is a part-time, approximately 4-month experience conducted during the Mississippi legislative session. Fellows are selected in December of each year. Beginning in January, fellows work with and learn from Center for Mississippi Health Policy and SOPH experts, as well as, current and former leaders of Mississippi state agencies (e.g., Medicaid, Mississippi Department of Education, Mississippi State Department of Health, Transportation, Housing), and state/local policymakers. Fellows participate in seminars on health care economics, health research, state budgets, priority issues in state/local health policy, and state-level health policy-making. Fellows track bills through the legislative session, research the bills, develop and present health policy information related to bills, and present their findings to the SOPH. Click here to access the application.

For more information on the SOPH Health Policy Fellowship program, please contact Dr. Fazlay Faruque by email at ffaruque@umc.edu, or by phone (601) 984-4993.


Myrlie Evers-Wiliams Fellowship - The Evers-Williams Fellowship will be available to outstanding scholars who have been admitted to the SOPH, Department of Population Health Science at UMMC. This fellowship is intended to recruit and support the most promising students entering graduate programs in population health at UMMC.

Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to health disparities research in population health. Students selected for the program will be primarily mentored by a faculty member in the SOPH and secondarily by an affiliate of the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute (MEWI).

For more information on the MEWI Fellowship program, please email pophealth@umc.edu or contact the Office of the Dean by phone at (601) 984-1020.


Obesity Health Disparities (OHD) PRIDE Scholars Program - The OHD PRIDE program is designed to enhance the participation of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds in an evidence-based research training and mentoring program. The program includes outreach to early-career faculty or transitioning postdoctoral fellows who hold appointments at or earned degrees from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

OHD PRIDE is a partnership between the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the University of California at Los Angeles, and Vanderbilt University. The application process for the OHD PRIDE program is managed through the Coordination Core of the NHLBI-sponsored PRIDE programs. Access the OHD PRIDE application and view additional information.

For more information on the OHD PRIDE program, please email ohdpride@umc.edu or contact the program office by phone at (601) 815-9003.


Robert Smith, MD Graduate Scholars Program - The Graduate Training and Education Center (Jackson Heart Study) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC-GTEC) is committed to cultivating the next generation of scientists and innovators who will be equipped to contribute to the discovery of new knowledge and equally committed to the dissemination and application of this information to diverse stakeholder groups. 

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The Robert Smith, MD Graduate Scholars, 2019 GTEC cohort completed Summer Institute I.

The Robert Smith, MD Graduate Scholars Program is two-year research mentoring and training program funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Designed for doctoral and health professional students who are considering careers in cardiovascular health sciences, the program allows students to observe and participate in the research process alongside mentors from leading research institutions.

Students enrolled in doctoral programs in the social sciences, health sciences, health professional programs, or STEM-related fields, or those interested in biomedical research should apply. Access the application for the Robert Smith, MD Graduate Scholars here.

For more information on the GTEC program, please email gtec@umc.edu or contact the program office by phone at (601) 815-9003.