Be a part of a rich tradition at Meharry Medical College where we equip our students with the education and tools necessary to face the world's greatest health and healthcare challenges. The Health Policy Scholars Program provides many attractive benefits that prove to be a worthwhile investment upon graduation. Not only are you receiving a quality education in the classroom but the RWJF Center for Health Policy ensures to provide an overall, well-rounded experience beyond the classroom.

10 reasons why you should earn a Certificate in Health Policy:

1. Convenient classes. The program's courses are only offered in the evenings on weekdays and during the summer to make it as convenient as possible for anyone to attend. Whether you are a full-time working professional or full-time student, there are courses available to accommodate your busy schedule and that are tailored to your educational and research interests.

2. Small class sizes. On average, each class has approximately 15 students enrolled. Students can expect to receive one-on-one attention from our faculty.

3. World-class faculty. One of our greatest assets is our faculty. Students gain access to the best scholars, researchers, and executives at the forefront of today's health policy landscape. Courses are taught by Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University faculty as well as notable visiting professors. Through our Scholars-in-Residence Visiting Professor Program, we invite nationally renowned practitioners, sociologists, economists, political scientists, and health policy experts to guest lecture for our courses and special events. Past lecturers have included: David Williams, Ph.D., of Harvard University, Thomas LaVeist, Ph.D., of Johns Hopkins University, Gail Christopher, D.N., of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, former Nashville mayor Bill Purcell, and Guy David, Ph.D., of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

4. Distance learning. With the help of today's technology, the RWJF Center for Health Policy is equipped with the latest videoconferencing software to offer distance learning options. Students can take classes from anywhere by logging into a virtual classroom to participate in live discussions taking place on campus.

5. Mentorship. All of our faculty members, visiting professors and guest lecturers are available to provide mentorship opportunities that will further one's career endeavors and research interests. Students have direct access to professors during office hours. We also connect students with practitioners during our Executive Roundtables, where senior executives serve as coaches and mentors to give one-on-one career advice and host group mentoring sessions.

6. Professional development. The RWJF Center for Health Policy'sProfessional Development Program provides a variety of training and development opportunities for affiliated faculty, fellows, and scholars. Throughout the academic year, we bring in consultants to teach workshops ranging from qualitative research training to academic writing and career development. During the summer months, we have sent students who wanted to enhance their research skills to attend training programs across the country. These programs include the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program in Quantitative Methods, Media Training Institute at the RWJF Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico, and the Workshop on Research Design for Causal Inference at Northwestern University.

7. Paid summer externships. Our Summer Externship Program is designed for students to augment the health policy studies taking place in the classroom with experiential, real-world, experience in a policy work environment. We have partnerships with some of the nation's largest and prominent health policy organizations, academic research institutions, and governmental agencies. Students are interviewed and competitively selected by the externship sites to spend 6-8 weeks doing health policy work. Learn more about the program here.

8. Conference travel funding. Based on available budgeted funds, we select students to attend various national conferences, mostly during the summer months, and cover their travel and conference registration expenses. Preference is given to students who are presenting their research at a conference or seminar. In recent years, the Center's students and staff have attended the following conferences and annual meetings:

AcademyHealth ARM
AcademyHealth Health Policy Confernece
American Economic Association (AEA)
American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
American Political Science Association (APSA)
American Public Health Association (APHA)
American Sociological Association (ASA)
International Conference on Health in the African Diaspora (I-CHAD)
National Dental Association (NDA)
National Medical Association (NMA)
Population Association of America
RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research Annual Meeting

9. Networking events. The RWJF Center for Health Policy hosts a multitude of opportunities to network with fellow cohorts, faculty, visiting professors, and guest consultants. Health policy mixers, meet-and-greets, and socials create a casual environment to learn about each other's research and educational interests. In the fall we host the Meharry-Vanderbilt Health Policy Partnership Reception, where we bring together both institutions to celebrate the accomplishments of the Center. During the spring we host the National Scholars' Current Issues in Health Policy Lecture Series, which is a series of seminars aimed at creating a discussion around the latest health policy topics. Our Health Policy Writing Collaborative brings together students and faculty investigators for an opportunity to collaborate on research studies and manuscript submissions.

10. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Leadership Network and Human Capital Network. As a student affiliated with our Center, you will have access to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's broad network of physicians, practitioners, researchers, students, and programs. The RWJF Leadership Network is a place for people who are professionally connected to RWJF to engage in discussion, and to share information about topics related to improving the health and health care of all Americans. The RWJF Human Capital Network is a community for RWJF Human Capital grantees, scholars, and alumni to connect with each other and Foundation staff, and share ideas, news, and resources. Additionally, students can contribute to the online health policy discussion by publishing articles on the Culture of Health Blog.