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Primary Care and Health Services Research Training Program

Principal Investigator, Jodi Segal, MD, MPH    


The Primary Care and Health Services Research Training Program is funded by a National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Funded since 1994, the aim of this training program is to support the development of primary care physicians and other new researchers into creative and independent investigators doing primary care research. The program enjoys a strong association with Hopkins GIM. It provides an opportunity for  physicians to develop skills in study design and analytic methods, and understand how primary care practice may be best integrated with public health initiatives to address major health care problems.

The focus is on multidisciplinary research training relevant to primary care practice and care delivery. Most of the Healthy People 2010 objectives are addressed in this program by our faculty mentors including physical activity and fitness, nutrition, substance abuse, mental health and mental disorders, unintentional injuries, cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes and chronic disabling conditions , and clinical preventive medicine. Additional areas of emphasis have been: health disparities, physician-patient communication in primary care, evidence-based practice, community-based primary care research, patient safety and quality improvement, and integration of population-based prevention programs into primary care. Most trainees have elected to complete a masters degree in public health degree or a similar degree.  The commitment of the faculty mentors and the integration of the fellows into existing research activities as they develop their own paths have enabled our many past trainees to succeed. 

Eligibility and Application

Applicants, with medical degrees or doctorates in related fields, must complete the application process for the GIM Fellowship. Due to federal regulations, applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent U.S. residence status. Personal interviews are arranged for those selected from the pool of applicants. A rolling admissions process is utilized, so that applicants may be reviewed as quickly as possible. The program is particularly interested in applications from individuals from underrepresented minority groups. Many research projects conducted by the faculty focus on the care of minority and other underserved populations at increased risk of premature morbidity, disability, and mortality. The Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer.


For additional information, please contact the principal investigator:

Jodi B. Segal, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Phone: (410) 955-9866