Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College is strategically housed at one of the nation’s oldest and largest, private historically black academic health science centers dedicated to educating physicians, dentists, researchers, public health professionals and health policy experts. Since its inception in 2009, the RWJF Center for Health Policy has been committed to providing leadership in health policy education, training and research to doctoral, medical, dental and graduate students. Through a partnership with Vanderbilt University’s College of Arts and Science, the Center fully supports minority doctoral students pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology, political science and economics. We invite you to peruse our website to learn more about our various programming and events.

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The Health Policy Scholars Program offers Meharry students in the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, and School of Graduate Studies & Research, who have educational and research interests in health policy and social science research, the opportunity to participate in coursework, seminars and research activities leading to the completion of a Certificate in Health Policy to be awarded in conjunction with the student’s declared academic program degree.


The Certificate in Health Policy Program is an excellent way for medical, dental, doctoral and graduate students to enhance their academic experience. As the only health policy certificate program in Middle Tennessee, we provide a rigorous curriculum taught by leading experts in the fields of health policy, health care and social science, that allow students to gain insight into topics such as: health law, health economics, health equity, social determinants of health, and health disparities.

2018 Summer Institute on Health Policy


The Summer Institute on Health Policy is a rigorous summer training program for anyone with educational and research interests in health policy and social science, particularly economics, sociology and political science. The program provides two weeks of intensive, accelerated coursework on topics related to health policy, public health, health economics, law and public policy, and the social sciences. Courses are taught by an impressive lineup of nationally-renowned scholars, researchers, executives and public officials.  Participants benefit from small classroom sizes and a diverse, interdisciplinary classroom learning environment. Instructors utilize hands-on teaching approaches that incorporate a combination of lectures, videos, group activities, interactive discussions and even field trips.


The Summer Institute is free to attend and open to the general public, including the entire Meharry Medical College community, students/faculty from other universities and working professionals. Participants may opt to receive two credit hours per course toward the completion of their academic degree program or toward the Certificate in Health Policy, which is offered through the RWJF Center for Health Policy. The course spans one week, meeting daily from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

About the Center

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Programs, Scholars & Fellows

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Research & Resources

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Contact the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Center for Health Policy
at Meharry Medical College
1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37208-3501

A. Dexter Samuels, Ph.D.

Executive Director
Phone: (615) 327-6202