Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program

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The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program is a unique opportunity for professionals in health and aging to receive the experience and skills necessary to make a positive contribution to the development and implementation of health policies that affect older Americans.

The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program offers two different tracks for individual placement: (1) a residential track that includes a nine-to-12-month placement in Washington, D.C. or at a state agency (as a legislative assistant in Congress, a professional staff member in an executive branch agency or in a policy organization); and (2) a non-residential track that includes a health policy project and brief placement(s) throughout the year at relevant sites.  Nonresidential fellows may focus their policy project at a community, state, federal or global level. Core program components focused on career development and professional enrichment are provided for fellows in both tracks.

Core Faculty:

Harold Alan Pincus MD, Director

Kathleen M. Pike, PhD, Associate Director


Fellows will be selected each year through a national competition based on their commitment to health and aging issues, leadership potential, and interest in impacting policy. The program has a broad interdisciplinary focus, and fellows have included physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, dieticians, healthcare administrators, epidemiologists, economists, and lawyers from academic and practice settings, spanning career stages from newly minted PhDs to senior professors and community leaders.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories who have career plans that anticipate continued work in the U.S. after the fellowship period. The program seeks to achieve racial, ethnic, gender, and discipline diversity; applicants from groups that historically have been underrepresented are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact :

Harold Alan Pincus, MD
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
Co-Director, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Columbia University
Director of Quality and Outcomes Research, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 9
New York, NY 10032
Phone:  646-774-5400
Fax:  646-774-8443

Kathleen M. Pike, PhD
Professor of Psychology, Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology
Director, Global Mental Health Program at Columbia 
Associate Director, Health and Aging Policy Fellowship
Columbia University
Phone:  646-774-5308


April 15th  (if April 15 falls on a weekend, the deadline moves to the following Monday)

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