MD Courses and Programs
Valley Foundation Fellowships
Thanks to support from The Valley Foundation, the Office of Community Health (OCH) sponsors a paid fellowship program of up to three months. the Valley Fellowship program provides medical students with the opportunity to work on community responsive projects that meet a community-identified need in Santa Clara County or Northern San Mateo County, including Federally Qualified Health Centers.
Qualified Applicants must:
- Be a current Stanford Medical Student
- Possess diverse skillsets and background
- Have a desire to shape future healthcare in local and global communities
Click here for Student Instructions and Application form and list of available projects.
Students earn $1,250 to $10,000 in support of projects completed at Community Based Organizations. The stipend amount is based on total hours of work. Payment is divided in thirds.
At OCH community partner locations, the San Mateo County Health Department or Santa Clara County Public Health. Students complete projects identified by the community partners.
Summer or during the academic year, half-time or full-time for 1-3 months (partners and students determine project timeline).
Number of Fellowships:
2-6 fellowships are granted annually.
Fellowship Project Guidelines
- Meet a specific need identified by the community partner and can be reasonably completed during summer months or during the academic year.
- Incorporate scholarly research
- Focus on service-learning with clear project and learning objectives
- Include a research poster presentation at the annual Community Health Symposium
- Projects proposed by a Community Based Organization (CBO) are preferred. Student-initiated projects will be considered and must have OCH approval.
Important 2016 Dates
- March 2 (Wednesday), Valley Fellowship Information Session
- March 28 (Monday), Begin Application Period
- April 29 (Friday), Applications Due
- May 6 (Friday), Valley Fellows Announced
- May 16 (Monday), Valley Fellowship Orientation
For more information, please email Jill Evans, MPH Research Program Director
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:
- Health Policy
- Community Health
- Environmental Health
- Maternal & Child Health
- Infectious Disease
- Public Health Nutrition
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.