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Become a Fellow

The 2023-2024 Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship (OHPF) application cycle will open in February.  

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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.


Application for one of 12 fellowship positions is competitive. Applicants are expected to demonstrate seven or more years of experience in professional settings in addition to their practice (i.e., a minimum of 7 years post-Residency), and demonstrate an interest in policy issues. The minimum requirements for non-physician applicants are a bachelor’s degree (graduate degree preferred), a minimum of 7 years’ experience in their field, and a demonstrated history of interest in policy issues. Most successful non-physician applicants will have an appointment at an osteopathic institution, such as a college, health care setting, foundation, or state or regional association. 

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.

Program Schedule 2023-24


 Month  Dates  Location  Topic
 August 16-18 Columbus, OH Orientation
 September 22-23 Virtual Healthcare Systems; QI/QA
 October 19-20 ICOM - Boise, ID State Government;  Rural and Underserved; Technology
 November 17-18 Virtual Paying for Healthcare
 December 8-9 AACOM - DC Federal Agencies


 Month  Dates  Location  Topic
 January 13-14 Virtual  Vulnerable Populations
 February 8-9 UNTHSC - TCOM Fort Worth, TX Elderly and Aging; Women & Children's Issues
 March 8-9 Virtual Healthcare Workforce
 April 11-12 Oklahoma - Cherokee Nation Campus Native American Health, Telehealth, Federal Support, and Training Programs
 May 10-11  Virtual Urban Health
 June 10-11  AACOM - DC Advocacy, Hill Visits, Graduation


If you have any questions about becoming a Fellow, please email OHPPrograms@gmail.com.