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Training Program in Health Services and Outcomes Research for Aging Populations

The goal of the T32 Program is to produce the next generation of researchers with rigorous training in person and family-centered health services and outcomes research, all applied to geriatrics and gerontology. This program is conducted jointly by health services researchers, gerontologic nursing researchers, and geriatricians with a strong commitment to bringing together students and fellows in all these disciplines.

This training program will capitalize on the rich resources for health services, gerontology, nursing, and geriatric research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (SOM), School of Nursing (SON), and the University. Pre- and post-doctoral trainees will obtain the skills and experiences needed to lead multi-disciplinary, collaborative research teams. Pre-doctoral trainees will undertake a rigorous program of coursework in the core domains of public health and gerontology including epidemiology, biostatistics, health services, health policy, and research ethics. In close consultation with their training program advisor team, post-doctoral trainees will complete core training grant curriculum courses and additional courses required to complement their prior academic experience. All pre- and post-doctoral trainees will participate in a year-long practicum experience, a bi-weekly seminar, ongoing mentored research projects, and yearly integrative activities to complement their didactic curriculum. These components will provide trainees with a solid foundation in health services and outcomes research while providing the opportunity to pursue specialized training in focal areas of interest. The T32 post-doctoral fellowship can be paired with a clinical geriatrics training year, for a total of 3 years. Applicants for geriatric fellowship can be simultaneously considered for a T32 appointment in conjunction with a clinical year, and are encouraged to reach out to the program director to express interest.

These trainees are supported by an experienced group of 22 core faculty and 31 affiliate faculty with expertise in one or more fields related to aging research. The training program Co-Directors, Drs. Jennifer Wolff and Cynthia Boyd are accomplished scholars and national leaders in their research fields.

The overarching aim of the program is to identify and train scholars who will become leaders in person and family-oriented research relating to aging populations. Please email Dr. Cynthia Boyd at or Dr. Jennifer Wolff at for more information or how to apply for a post-doctoral or pre-doctoral position.

More information is available about the training program, is available here.

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