The Population Health Service Fellowship Program provides an invaluable service to communities across Wisconsin and strengthens ties between state residents and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. The two-year program combines community service, by directly tackling some of the state’s more challenging public health issues, with workforce development.

The fellowship program was one of the first grants awarded by the Partnership Program in 2004 – its inaugural year.

Participants expand their knowledge and skills through practical field placements in more than 30 community-based, non-profit, governmental and health service organizations. They receive hands-on training in the City of Milwaukee Health Department, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council and other organizations.

Each fellow has a preceptor at his or her placement site who assists with targeted objectives and competencies essential to professional performance and growth. Fellows also work with academic mentors at the SMPH when there is interest in additional support related to programmatic or policy questions or research.

More than half of the program’s graduates continue to serve Wisconsin residents as public health professionals. To learn more about current fellows and graduates, visit the UW Population Health Institute’s website.

2014 grant awarded

The Partnership Program’s Oversight and Advisory Committee (OAC) provided renewal funding for the Population Health Service Fellowship Program with a $1.75 million grant. The primary goals are to develop the next generation of public health leaders skilled in planning, implementing and evaluating innovative strategies for public health improvement and to provide direct service to community partners to address Wisconsin’s most pressing public health challenges. This three-year renewal funding incorporates an increased focus on integrating medial and population health training on and off the SMPH campus.

Principal investigator: Thomas Oliver, PhD, MHA, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Population Health Sciences

Collaborators: Parvathy Pillai, MD, MPH, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Population Health Sciences; James Vergeront, MD, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health; Bevan Baker, MHA, City of Milwaukee Health Department