Sarah B. GarrettSarah B. Garrett, PhD

Sarah B. Garrett, PhD, is a medical and cultural sociologist who studies how individuals navigate health challenges and healthcare institutions. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Her past work has spanned diverse clinical conditions (e.g., pregnancy, advanced cancer, dementia, chronic pain) and has included methodological work to improve the conduct and communication of qualitative research. As a Fellow, Sarah will focus on the implementation and effects of interventions intended to reduce maternal mortality in the U.S., particularly among communities disproportionately affected by it.


Na’amah Razon MD, PhDNa’amah Razon MD, PhD

Dr. Na’amah Razon is a medical anthropologist and family physician who studies the impact of health policy into clinical practice with the goal of improving health equity. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco and her medical training at UCSF in Family and Community Medicine. Her work has focused on the implementation of national health care in Israel and its intersection with minority communities. Her current work focuses on the ethics of integrating social determinants of health in clinical practice. Her clinical work focuses on reproductive and immigrant health.  

Health Policy Fellowship Application

The application cycle for academic year 2020-21 closed on December 31, 2019, and we are not accepting applications at this time. We anticipate updating this site for AY 2021-22 in summer 2020. Please check back again at that time.

UCSF is seeking candidates for its Philip R. Lee (PRL) Health Policy Fellowship. The PRL Health Policy Fellowship is funded by a T32 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and is based at UCSF’s Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS). The Fellowship provides post-doctoral research training for highly-qualified individuals with a PhD or MD/PhD in the social and behavioral sciences, public health, public policy, and related fields. Our goal is to prepare the next generation of scholars to accomplish high-impact health services/policy research.

PRL Fellows have access to the full range of resources and opportunities available at IHPS and UCSF. IHPS includes 75+ core and affiliated faculty with expertise across a wide range of health policy domains including healthcare system research, research on population health and determinants, and work to translate research and policy into clinical practice. AHRQ T32 fellows also have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

The PRL Fellowship reflects UCSF’s emphasis on team-based, interdisciplinary research that impacts policy and practice. Key training activities are conducted jointly with the UCSF Primary Care Research Fellowship. The program features strong mentoring and all Fellows are expected to develop inter-disciplinary mentoring teams to guide their fellowship research. The Fellowship includes a substantial focus on developing the skills needed to pursue and obtain extramural research funding.

This is a full-time, in-residence training program. Appointments are for 1 year with the expectation of a second year renewal assuming adequate progress. Fellows receive a stipend from the AHRQ T32 grant as well as support for program-related travel. Tuition support is available for fellows for whom an additional degree may be appropriate.

Eligibility and Application Process
The application cycle for academic year 2020-21 closed on December 31, 2019, and we are not accepting applications at this time. We anticipate updating this site for AY 2021-22 in summer 2020. Please check back again at that time.

A complete application includes a 1.5-2 page statement of interest that describes your past work in health policy research and how and why you feel the PRL Health Policy Fellowship will advance your career; three letters of recommendation and; a writing sample that represents your individual work. The application process also includes in-person or phone/video interviews with the fellowship director, committee, and other faculty.

Contacts and Next Steps
We encourage interested applicants to review the attached Fellowship Description and browse the IHPS website to learn more about the Institute and the fellowship. We strongly encourage all potential applicants to contact Fellowship Director Daniel Dohan, PhD to arrange a phone meeting (email: [email protected]) Application materials should be sent to Eva Lo, the Fellowship Coordinator. The letters of recommendation may be sent via e-mail or by mail or fax.

Eva Lo, Philip R. Lee Health Policy Fellowship Coordinator
Division of General Internal Medicine, San Francisco General Hospital
Box 1364, University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA. 94143-1364
Tel: 415-206-5164
Fax: 415-206-5586
[email protected]

Daniel Dohan, PhD
Professor of Health Policy and Social Medicine
Deputy Director
Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
University of California San Francisco
415 476-0751
[email protected]

Please direct any questions to Ms. Lo or Dr. Dohan.