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Research Program | Overview

Fellows will acquire research skills in design, methods and analysis through monthly seminars and journal clubs as well as formal coursework. Fellows are expected to complete at least two research projects during the course of their fellowship. The projects may be clinical, educational or advocacy-related. Fellows will identify a research mentor and question of interest during their first year, and will further develop and implement their projects during the following two years. They will present their scholarly work at biannual Works in Progress sessions with faculty advisors. 

Fellows have the opportunity to enroll in a Master’s of Public Health degree program at the Harvard School of Public Health or in other appropriate programs including those at the Kennedy School of Government or at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Fellows will also be asked to complete several research and career-development courses through the Clinical Research Center and the Offices of Fellowship Training and Graduate Medical Education.


Examples of previous fellowship projects include:

  • Relationship of parental behaviors to child sleep duration
  • Impact of developmental screening in primary care on referral patterns
  • Development and implementation of an electronic referral form
  • Development of an algorithm for management of acute otitis media
  • Referral and treatment patterns among primary care eczema patients
  • Maternal depression and patient resource utilization
  • Resident experience with primary care transformation
  • The association of urbanicity with infant sleep duration
  • The Online Advocate: Health related social problems and children's diet quality
  • Healthy Habits, Happy Homes: Randomized trial to promote home routines for childhood obesity prevention