Amy Gonzales

The program has fundamentally changed the focus of my research. I am now asking questions that can inform policy, and I have never been more passionate about the research process.


About Us

The RWJF Health & Society Scholars program is designed to build the nation’s capacity for research, leadership and policy change to address the multiple determinants of population health.


The program is based on the principle that progress in the field of population health depends upon collaboration and exchange across disciplines and sectors.


Each year, the program enables up to 12 outstanding individuals who have completed their doctoral training to engage in an intensive two-year program at one of four nationally prominent universities.

Featured Scholars

Alison Buttenheim

Currently, she is focused on the use of behavioral economic principles (including financial incentives and intrinsic rewards) to encourage behavior change and take-up of preventive care services in the area of maternal-child health.



 HSS News

Mehret Mandefro (Alumna) ‘Difret’ May Raise Profile of Ethiopia’s Filmmakers During Oscar Race

Dec 11, 2014 (Variety) “Film can be a very powerful tool for social change. I gravitate towards films that can teach us about where we want to go, and stories that don’t otherwise get the chance to be told.”

Amani Nuru-Jeter (Alumna) Inequality Harms the Most Vulnerable Among Us

Dec 11, 2014 (CBS Money Watch) The large increase in inequality in recent years has been well documented by Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez, among others. But less is known about the consequences. What impact has rising inequality had on the overall economy and on individual households?

Jason Houle (Alumnus) These Revealing Portraits Depict The Many, Many Faces Of American Debt

Nov 20, 2014 (Huffington Post) More than 35% of Americans ages 24 to 28 are dealing with debt that surpasses the value of any of their assets, Dartmouth College assistant professor Jason Houle states. That's approximately double the proportions of the late 1980s and mid 1970s.

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