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

  • Identify gaps in clinical and social 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 population-based 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 or Harvard Kennedy School classes, and clinical work in the Emergency Departments at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital or the Massachusetts General 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 four areas:

  • Health Policy
  • Methods for Health Services Research
  • Translating Research to Policy
  • Social Emergency Medicine

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 12, 2023. Interviews will be offered October 19, 2023 on Zoom. 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 chair)
  • 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 December 1, 2023 deadline. This can be completed after interviewing, but requires letters of support and should be reviewed earlier.

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