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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 Retrospectives

Creating Scholars for Population Health: A Celebration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program
Documentary film produced by the National Program Office of the RWJF Health & Society Scholars (35 Minutes)

Individual Topic Pull-Outs from the above film include:

Educational Materials

Lessons Learned
This report details the history of the HSS program. Program documents, interviews, and statements at meetings were used to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the program and to explore its perceived impact on the scholars, the faculty involved, the universities that hosted sites, and the field of population health.

Training in Interdisciplinary Health Science: Current Successes and Future Needs
To address concerns about the future of training in this interdisciplinary field, the IOM Roundtable on Population Health Improvement commissioned this report on training the next generations of scientists in this nascent field. 

  • Full Report PDF (Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences Commissioned Paper from the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement) (87 Pages)
  • Executive Summary PDF (4 Pages)