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Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program


The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program is a national program that seeks to provide professionals in health and aging with 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 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.  Core program components focused on career development and professional enrichment are provided for fellows in both tracks.

Core Faculty:

Harold Alan Pincus MD, Director

Phuong Trang Huynh, PhD, MPH, Deputy Director


The program is open to physicians, nurses and social workers with a demonstrated commitment to health and aging issues and a desire to be involved in health policy at the federal, state or local levels. Other professionals with clinical backgrounds (e.g., pharmacists, dentists, clinical psychologists) working in the field of health and aging are also eligible to apply. Under special circumstances, exceptions may be made for non-clinicians (e.g., public health administrators) who are in positions that can impact health policy for older Americans at a clinical level.

Applicants at all career stages are eligible to apply, with preference given to those early or midway through their careers. However, all applicants should specify how the program would meet their particular career goals.

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 :

Phuong Trang Huynh, PhD, MPH

Assistant Clinical Professor of Health Policy & Management (in Psychiatry)
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 9
New York, NY 10032
Phone:  212-543-6213
Fax:  212-543-6021


April 15 (For receipt of fully completed applications)



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