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Leadership Institute


The application cycle is currently closed.
The 2020-2021 OHPF application cycle will open in early 2020.  

Become a Fellow

Program calendar and online application forms

The 2020-2021 OHPF application cycle will open in early 2020


Purpose and Structure

This year-long program is designed for individuals who are preparing for leadership roles in the osteopathic profession and positions of influence in health policy.

Program Schedule

Fellows attend an intensive five-day academic orientation in August, beginning eight monthly three-day weekend seminars. Seminars rotate among osteopathic colleges and the Washington D.C. offices of the AOA and AACOM.


Admission is competitive and open to applicants who hold the DO degree or other graduate degree with strong linkages to the osteopathic profession. Applicants will be evaluated on professional experience and level of commitment.

Program Requirements

Fellows must be an active participant in all sessions, devote at least 20 hours each month to reading and research assignments, and complete health policy writing projects.


The Fellowship offers a broad range of analytic and communication tools applicable to health policy: Foundations of Health Policy; Information Systems for Research; Statistical Analysis and Interpretation; Policy Formulation; Policy Analysis; and Writing for Presentation and Publication. Guest experts on health policy issues serve as seminar discussion leaders and resources for problem-based case studies. Policy areas addressed include: economics of health policy; federal and state health programs; health professions workforce; special populations; medical education; and health reform.


If you have any questions about becoming a Fellow, please contact us here.