This site is an archive of a closed Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program, provided for educational and historical purposes. Please note that this content is not routinely updated and that contact information and social links may not work.


The preparation we offer includes a rigorous academic course of study, grounded in real-world clinical experience and relevant research – creating a deep understanding of the factors that shape and influence policy decisions.

Our program also provides our fellows with the guidance and support of experienced mentors and tangible leadership. We expect fellows to engage  in personal growth and exploration. This includes being willing to take risks – participating in discussions that challenge long-held beliefs and being open to feedback on personal skills and work product. It also includes a strong sense of inquisitiveness – to question and pursue new solutions to long-standing problems.

Passion into Action

We expect our fellows to commit to full engagement with the University of New Mexico community in academic studies, research, and leadership activities on the Health Sciences Campus, within the RWJF Center for Health Policy, and in other University departments.

Our program allows students to research the health issues and concerns that they find most interesting. Fellows have explored how national policy affects access to mental health programs, cost-effective models of maternity care, and smoking cessation in public spaces.


The RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico has awarded support to its final cohort of fellows, who will complete their studies in 2018.

The University of New Mexico College of Nursing continues to accept applications for its program leading to a PhD in Nursing with a Health Policy concentration. Click here to see the general requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree and specific requirements for the College of Nursing at the University of New Mexico.

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