The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program, including our Columbia University site, 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 multidisciplinary collaboration and exchange. Its goal is to improve health by training scholars to:
investigate rigorously the connections among biological, genetic, behavioral, environmental, economic and social determinants of health; and
develop, evaluate and disseminate knowledge and interventions that integrate and act on these determinants to improve health.
The program is intended to produce leaders who will change the questions asked, the methods employed to analyze problems, and the range of solutions to reduce population health disparities and improve the health of all Americans.