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2014 Summer Institute on Health Policy

Summer Institute

Registration is currently closed for the 2014 Summer Institute on Health Policy.


For the third consecutive year, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College is hosting its annual Summer Institute on Health Policy, held June 16 – 27, 2014 at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.

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 and interactive discussions.

This year’s course instructors are no strangers to tackling real-world health policy challenges.

The Summer Institute on Health Policy’s first week is taught by former Metro Nashville-Davidson County Mayor Bill Purcell, who currently practices law at Nashville-based firm, Jones Hawkins & Farmer, PLC. Purcell has spent more than 30 years in law, public service, and higher education. As a two-term mayor and five-term Representative in the Tennessee General Assembly, Purcell worked tirelessly to sponsor and pass legislation undertaking major reforms in Tennessee's schools, courtrooms, industrial plants and boardrooms, criminal and juvenile justice, hospitals, and voting booths. His course, “Public Health, Public Policy, and the Law,” runs from Monday, June 16 through Friday, June 20, 2014.

Teaching the Summer Institutes second week is famed economist Julianne Malveaux. Having guest lectured during the 2013 National Scholars’ Current Issues in Health Policy Lecture Series last spring, the Center is thrilled to welcome back this dynamic scholar, whose progressive—and somewhat controversial—thoughts on race, class, gender, health disparities and their economic impacts can be seen and heard on numerous cable news and radio shows. Dr. Malveaux has been a contributor to academic life since receiving a Ph.D. in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her most recent appointment was in 2007, having served as the 15th president of Bennett College for Women for five years. Her course, “Race, Class, and Access: Contemporary Health Issues,” runs from Monday, June 23 through Friday, June 27, 2014.  

The Summer Institute is free to attend and open to the general public, as well as the entire Meharry Medical College community and students from other universities. Students 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. Each course spans one week, meeting daily from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

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