The goal of the Fellowship in Health Policy Research and Translation is to train leaders in emergency medicine who design, conduct, and translate innovative research and practice changes into health policy. Specifically we train fellows to:

  • Identify gaps in clinical emergency care that are amenable to health policy solutions.
  • Develop, fund, implement, and evaluate emergency medicine practice and policy projects.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of health policy issues including quality and safety regulations, reimbursement structures and regulations, and legal standards as they relate to emergency care.
  • Conduct clinical and health services research based on a strong foundation of epidemiologic and biostatistical methodology.
  • Communicate research findings to decision-makers and the public through multiple media formats.
  • Use leadership, teaching, and clinical skills to advocate for the practice of emergency medicine to policymakers.


The Fellowship begins July 1 and lasts two years. Fellows divide their time between projects and research, Harvard School of Public Health classes, and clinical work in the Emergency Departments at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. Fellows will have the opportunity to earn a Masters Degree from the Harvard School of Public Health (MPH, MScE, or MHA) or the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPP or MPA).

The curriculum is tailored to Fellows’ interests and is divided into five areas:

  • Quality and Safety
  • Health Policy Training
  • Health Policy Practicum
  • Health Economics
  • Research Methods and Grant Writing

Salary and Benefits

Fellows are compensated under the institution’s PGY level, and are eligible for professional benefits including health insurance (more information available here). Tuition at the Harvard School of Public Health is included. Resources are available for research projects as well as professional meeting attendance.

Application Requirements

Successful applicants must be board eligible in emergency medicine. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through October 15, 2019. Interviews will be offered on October 22, 2019 with a possible make-up interview on October 30, 2019. See the application form for details.

  • Application form
  • Letter of interest (1 page maximum)
  • CV
  • Personal statement (1 page maximum)
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one from residency director or current chairman)
  • Official USMLE transcripts

In addition, candidates must apply separately to the MPH program of the Harvard School of Public Health or the MPP/MPA Program of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government by the December 1, 2019 deadline. This can be completed after interviewing, but requires letters of support and should be reviewed earlier.

Download the fellowship application form by clicking here.