Overview


Statistical information plays an important role in informing actions and policies to improve the health of individuals and communities. With this guiding principal, the National Center for Health Statistics and AcademyHealth developed the NCHS/AcademyHealth Health Policy Scholars Program.

The program is designed to encourage the use of NCHS data systems and programs by the health services research community in response to current health policy questions, and provide a basis for future health policy.  

Each year, the program recruits one (1) scholar (pre- or post-doctoral training) from the field of health services and policy research to conduct research at their home institution. The scholar will have unique access to restricted data file(s) (free-of-charge) through the NCHS Research Data Center (RDC), and potentially other Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDC), to enhance and improve their research. The duration of this Scholar appointment is approximately 12 months.

Who Should Apply?

Applicants must demonstrate training or experience in health services research in disciplines such as public health, public administration, health care administration, sociology, health economics, health statistics, anthropology, and behavioral sciences, or clinical care, including medicine, nursing, dentistry, and pharmacology.

Applicants may be at any stage in their career from doctoral students (who must have completed course work and be at the dissertation phase of their program) to senior investigators.

2018 Application Cycle


  • Application Cycle Opens: Monday, October 8, 2018
  • Application Cycle Closes: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Submit an Intent to Apply.

To learn more and to be notified when the application cycle opens, contact us a nchs@academyhealth.org.

Additional Information


2016-2019 Board of Advisors


Becky Briesacher, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University 
Norma Coe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Health Services, School of Public Health, University of Washington
Marie Diener-West, Ph.D.  
Helen Abbey and Margaret Merrell Professor in Biostatistical Education, Department of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 
Seth Freedman, Ph.D., M.A. 
Assistant Professor,  School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington
Paul Hebert, Ph.D.
Investigator, Health Services Research and Development,
VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Leighton Ku, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Professor, Dept. of Health Policy and Management; Director, Center for Health Policy Research, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
Jill Marsteller, Ph.D.   
Associate Director, Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research;  Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Ernest Moy, M.D.
Medical Officer, Office of Analysis and Epidemiology, National Center for Health Statistics
Jeremiah Schuur, M.D., M.H.S.
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School,
Brigham and Women's Hospital