Schweitzer Fellowships

The Schweitzer Fellowship provides community service fellowships for graduate students in health-related professional fields to design community based projects to address unmet health needs.

Valley Foundation Fellowships

Thanks to support from the Valley Foundation, the Office of Community Health (OCH) has funding to support medical students interested in working with our Community Partners on projects that meet specific partner-identified needs.


Although Stanford does not offer a Masters Degree in Public Health, we strongly encourage students to consider graduate-level training in public health as a complement to their medical education.

Most MPH programs require that students select an area of specialization. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Health Policy
  • Community Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Infectious Disease
  • Public Health Nutrition

Population Health

Answering a nationwide call for the integration of population health teaching into medical education, the Stanford School of Medicine inaugurated its Population Health Curriculum in 2006. Housed within the Practice of Medicine course required of all first-year students and coordinated through the OCH, the new curriculum provides students with background on the social and economic determinants of health, health disparities, and the unique physician role in addressing the community- and population-level factors impacting health.

An experiential component to the curriculum was incorporated by refining and folding in what was previously a stand-alone advocacy project requirement for first year students. The Population Health Projects, as they are now known, give students the opportunity to integrate and apply their understanding of health determinants and physician advocacy, and to contribute to addressing some of the most pressing health challenges faced by the local community.

The Population Health Curriculum and Projects have been developed in collaboration OCH Community Partners, including the San Mateo and Santa Clara Public Health Departments, schools, individual clinics, and advocacy groups. Partners contribute a great deal towards meeting educational goals, by lecturing in the classroom, facilitating discussion sections and case studies, identifying and defining the parameters for student projects, and precepting groups in the community.

Ideally the partners also benefit from the contributions of student projects, many of which are carried on from year to year.


Community Health is one of the eight Scholarly Concentration Foundations. The Community Health curriculum empowers future physicians to improve the health of diverse communities and reduce health inequities through innovative scholarship and direct community engagement. Students learn the means to effect change through reflective service-learning, rigorous community-responsive scholarship, advocacy, and civic leadership.

We would fall short of really doing something significant if we forgot about the communities that surround us - locally, regionally, nationally and internationally - because at the end of the day, they are whom we serve.

- Former Dean Philip A. Pizzo

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