Academy Health Student Chapter

About Us

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Academy Health represents a broad community of people with an interest in and commitment to advancing health policy, research and practice. We promote interaction across the health research and policy arenas by bringing together a broad spectrum of players to share their perspectives, learn from each other, and strengthen their working relationships. Academy Health is a key authority in several substantive areas, including health care financing and organization, purchasing, translating health services research, and rural, state, and international health policy.

The Student Chapter

 The UT School of Public Health student chapter of Academy Health was founded in March 2009.  It serves as a networking and interdisciplinary  platform that links students and health professionals through fostering  of social and educational opportunities that stimulate learning, sharing of perspectives, and build lasting professional relationships.

Our Mission 

We are committed to transforming health services, improving health care  delivery and enhancing policies through research, leadership, and education.


Website Disclaimer:

“This site was created and is maintained by the University of Texas School of Public Health student chapter of AcademyHealth. The content and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not reflect the position of AcademyHealth.”


 FREE  membership for UT student Chapter.  We offer limited discount for National Chapter student membership.  
  1. Health Policy and Practice Webinars
  2.  Research Methods Seminars
  3. Professional Skill-Building Training
  4. Professional Development Catalog
  5. Health Service Research Resources
  6. HSR Training Directory
  7. Funding Grants Opportunities
  8. Access to Other Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Resources
  9. Join Interest Groups
  10. Career Center
  11. Scholarships & Fellowships
  12. Discounts on Industry Publications
  13. Exclusive opportunities to meet and network with leaders in HSR and health policy



  1. Submit an abstract to the Annual  Research Meeting (ARM)
  2. Offer feedback as a resume reviewer at the Career Center at the Annual Research Meeting
  3.  Look for an employment opportunity on the Career Center Webpages
  4. Join an Interest Group to exchange knowledge, disseminate research findings, inform policy and clinical decision making, build research skills and network with peers
  5. Join in on or start a discussion on one of the Interest Group list serves  
  6. Volunteer to serve on the advisory committee for an Interest Group.
  7.  Add your research project to HSRProj  - a database containing descriptions of >7,500 current health services research projects
  8. Join the HSR methods online community receive the Methods Minute, which provides highlights, and news on Professional Development opportunities
  9. Apply for a scholarships 
  10. Nominate candidates for the AcademyHealth Board
  11. Volunteer to serve on an Academy Health committee
  12. Become an advocate  Join AcademyHealth’s advocacy mailing list to get regular updates about appropriations, legislation, and ways you can advance the field of health services research.
  13. Spread the Distribute      AcademyHealth membership materials to your colleagues and/or students, and show them how valuable AcademyHealth membership is in advancing their career, sharing their research, networking, and keeping up-to-date on the latest information on health services research and health policy.




NCHS/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellowship
National Center for Health Statistics
Application Deadline: January 7, 2013
The fellowship program brings visiting scholars in health services research-related disciplines to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) in Hyattsville, Md. for a period of 13 months to conduct studies of interest to policymakers and the health services research community. 

AcademyHealth Delivery System Science Fellowship

The AcademyHealth Delivery System Science Fellowship (DSSF) provides a paid post-doctoral learning experience to help researchers gain more applied experience conducting research in delivery system settings. Students and researchers with an interest in conducting research in delivery system settings are encouraged to apply.

          Applications must include:

  • A 2013 Fellowship Application Form, including:
    • Current résumé/curriculum vitae.
    • One analytic writing sample (no more than 10 pages, including references).
    • A statement of interest/essay (no longer than 1,000 words) addressing the applicant’s:
      • Interest in conducting rigorous quality improvement and applied research studies in delivery system settings;
      • Interest in specific opportunities at individual host sites and feasibility of pursuing those interests in a one-year timeframe;
      • Preparation and qualifications for the DSSF; and
      • Personal learning objectives and the value of the fellowship to the applicant’s career plans and goals.
  • Supporting documentation (submitted via email), including:
    • Two letters of recommendation. Applicants must submit the names of references at the time they apply. All letters must be:

References should include the full name of the applicant in the letter and in the subject line. 

    • For current students only: Documentation of anticipated degree completion status via a departmental letter.

Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship 
The Commonwealth Fund
Deadline: December 15, 2012

The Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy (formerly The Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy) is designed to prepare physicians for leadership roles in transforming health care delivery systems to improve access to high-quality care for minority, disadvantaged, and vulnerable populations.

RWJF Health Policy Fellows Releases Call for Applications
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
Deadline: November 7, 2012

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program provides the nation’s most comprehensive experience at the nexus of health science, policy, and politics in Washington, DC. The fellowship is an outstanding opportunity for exceptional mid-career health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy. Fellows experience and participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care, and health policy.


Career, Academic Opportunities Available Within the RWJF Human Capital Portfolio
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has launched a new Web site that makes it easier than ever to learn about the career and academic opportunities the Foundation offers for current and aspiring professionals in health and health care. provides a wealth of information on 16 different scholarship, fellowship, and leadership programs within the Foundation’s Human Capital Portfolio. The mission of each of these programs, and how to apply to each one, is now presented in one place on the World Wide Web.

Past Events


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President—Malachy Nkem

As healthcare professionals, we owe it to our generation to  reform our healthcare system.  We  have the keen ability to translate policies into research, guide innovative service delivery, and shape effective program assessments.  My research interest is focused on health system strengthening, health care access expansion, and health information technology impact assessment.  I am certain  that Academy Health offers me value tools to enhance my professional portfolio, advance research, and shape  policies in the health service arena.


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Vice President—Briana Lawrence

As student researchers and innovators of public health, we have a unique opportunity to discover new and exciting ways to improve our healthcare system.  Being part of AcademyHealth I have been able to interact with professionals, and attend a number of conferences. I have also been able to take advantage of various tools and frameworks. I believe that being a part of the student chapter will provide students with access to cutting edge research opportunities, along with personal and professional development.

Social and Program Director Position-Vacant

 Faculty Advisor- David Lairson