The Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellowship
The Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellowship Program is a two-year service and training program designed for masters prepared individuals in public health and allied sciences. Candidates with doctoral degrees may also apply. The two-year program provides applicants with practical field assignments in community based, non-profit, governmental and health service organizations.
The purpose of the Fellowship Program is to provide service - by addressing some of the state’s most pressing public health challenges - and workforce development, by building population health skills and experience in future public health leaders.
Dr. Thomas Oliver, Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences and Director of the Master of Public Health Program provides faculty direction to the program. Stephanie Richards, Outreach Specialist with the UW Population Health Institute, serves and program lead. Dr. James Vergeront, Director of the AIDS/HIV program at the Wisconsin Division of Public Health (DPH), serves as DPH liaison and site preceptor, and Dr. Geoffrey Swain, Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer, City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD), serves as MHD liaison and site preceptor. The program is modeled after national applied training programs, including the CDC Public Health Prevention Service Program.
At the heart of the program is a commitment to public service. Fellows receive direct hands-on training in high quality organizations working on relevant and timely public health issues. By the end of the two-year period, Fellows will have successfully completed the program's performance requirements. These requirements represent the core set of diverse skill sets necessary for managing public health programs. Placements have included the City of Milwaukee Health Department, State of Wisconsin and regional health departments, the March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society, Planned Parenthood, Health First Wisconsin, the Lindsay Heights Neighborhood Health Alliance, the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, the Center for Resilient Cities and the Task Force on Family Violence.
Over the past twelve years, 59 Fellows have provided service to more than 40 Wisconsin organizations and community partners to:
- Address health priorities ranging from minority health to emergency preparedness;
- Attract resources for community and public health efforts across the state; and
- Strengthen the public health workforce through the placement of diverse and highly skilled fellows ready to apply cutting-edge strategies for population health improvement.
Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellows have served organizations in Eau Claire, La Crosse, Lac du Flambeau, Madison, Marathon County and Menominee, Milwaukee, Sauk City, Shawano, Stevens Point and Wausau. Each year, requests for Fellowship placements grow. Here are just a few examples of the important contributions and capacity building that Fellows have provided to date:
Building Leadership for Wisconsin’s Public Health Workforce
Once they complete the program, the majority of Fellows remain in practice in Wisconsin, providing public health leadership, and continuing to serve Wisconsin communities.