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About the Pincus Family Foundation Urban Health Fellowship

What is the Pincus Family Foundation?

The Pincus Family Foundation (PFF) was formed in 2005 by Philadelphia philanthropists David and Gerry Pincus who dedicated themselves to learning first-hand about the challenges  children face worldwide, then helping to address those challenges. The PFF supports  organizations and programs promoting children’s health, education, safety, nutrition,  recreation and the arts locally and worldwide.

What is the Pincus Urban Health Fellowship?

The Pincus Urban Health Fellowship is a program that provides healthcare professionals a well rounded education about the state of pediatric health in urban communities, and the skills needed to develop and implement new innovations addressing this population. A goal of the Pincus Urban Health Fellowship is to build a team knowledgeable of, committed to, and embedded in the communities of North Philadelphia.  

In year one, Fellows will take the core curriculum for the MA Urban Bioethics, a series of  courses that lay the theoretical and methodological groundwork for Fellows’s eventual project development. Coursework provides a clear understanding of the health disparities our urban children face every day, and Fellows will learn how social determinants of health, exposure to  adverse experiences, violence, food insecurity, and poverty affect children’s long-term health. How these experiences impact growing health care costs and the successes and failure of current health care policies at the local and national level will also be explored. In addition to classroom didactic courses, Fellows will participate in a year-long, longitudinal, community engagement course that is founded on community-driven project development. All in-person classes are offered on the Lewis Katz School of Medicine campus in North Philadelphia.  

During the second year of the Fellowship, the Fellow will identify a specific pediatric, urban  problem evident in North Philadelphia and work with academic, medical, and community  mentors to develop, implement, and evaluate an innovative intervention with the goal of  improving pediatric health in a fiscally sustainable way.

Who Should Apply?

Clinicians with the desire to gain the skills needed to work towards greater health equity for  our children are invited to apply. We particularly encourage applicants who are 3-5 years post residency, and/or have prior post-graduate education in a related field (i.e, an MSW or MPH). These characteristics are not required of applicants, and the selection committee will review all applications.

How is the Fellowship coordinated with clinical and other responsibilities?

The leadership of the Pincus Fellowship works closely with your department and supervisors to  ensure that all the behind the scenes arrangements are made and that you are logistically able  to devote 50% of your time to the Fellowship. 

What is the MA Urban Bioethics, and am I responsible for any tuition?

Fellowship covers all the tuition and fees for the MA Urban Bioethics coursework.  

Urban Bioethics is a growing field that points a critical lens on the extreme inequalities of  health and access to medical, legal, and other resources that leaves many urban dwellers and  communities distinctly disadvantaged, disenfranchised, and vulnerable. The MA Urban  Bioethics trains students in the ethics and values of health, health care delivery, and health law  and policy underlying the urban context of density, diversity, and inequalities.

Coursework is  practical, methodological, and theoretical. The degree is designed for professionals who face, or will soon face, the complexities and disparities of urban health, and want specialized training in the ethics, values, and politics of health care in our increasingly multi-dimensionally diverse society.

How do I apply?

Information about the 2022-2024 cycle will be available on this website in Fall 2021.

If you would like to be notified when the next application cycle is open, please complete the interest form below.

Interest Form


We hope this FAQ answers any questions you might have, but if not, please email Dr. Nora Jones, associate director of the Center for Urban Bioethics, Temple’s home for the Fellowship.