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About the Pincus Family Foundation Urban Health Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the Pincus Family Foundation Fellowship. This page gives you more information on the Foundation, the fellowship, and how to apply.

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. The Fellowship was established in 2016 through the generous support of David N. Pincus and the Pincus Family Foundation. 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’ 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?

All those who 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.

While some of the coursework in the Master’s program is online, the fellowship does necessitate the ability to be significantly present in North Philadelphia.

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?

The 2022-2024 application cycle is now closed.

If you would like information on the 2024-2026 application cycle when it is available, please submit your information below.

Pincus Fellowship 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.