Postdoctoral Training Opportunities

The following are postdoctoral training opportunities found at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health that address health disparities-related issues:

Kellogg Health Scholars Program – Community Track (KHSP-CT)

The goal of the Kellogg Health Scholars Program – Community Track (KHSP-CT) is to increase the number of faculty at health professional schools, with an emphasis on schools of public health, who possess the capacity to carry out community-based participatory research and teaching and who understand determinants of community health and how to build the capacity of communities, health-related agencies and academic centers to function as equal partners in community-based research, service and education.

Urban Health Institute Fellows

The goal of the UHI Postdoctoral Research Fellowship program is to promote future leaders in the field of urban health research. The fellows, each working in tandem with a Johns Hopkins faculty member, carry out scholarly research and publication on such issues as crime, unemployment, poverty, substance abuse, diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases.

Current Doctoral Student:

  • Ruth G. Fesahazion – Ruthie is a 3rd year PhD Student in the Department of Health Policy and Management. She attended the University of Arizona, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in Health Sciences majoring in Community Health Education. In the past, her experience has exposed her to a wide spectrum of health disparities, such as improving the health of marginalized migrant farmworkers, analyzing the role of SES on all-cause and cause-specific mortality and evaluating community-level interventions to address cancer disparities. Ruthie’s current research interests include policy implementation, economic influences on health disparities and mental health.

Scholars who have worked with HCHDS:

Past Scholars Affiliated with HCHDS:

  • Roberta Downing, PhD – Kellogg CHSP Scholar: Dr. Downing completed her doctoral training in social psychology with a parenthetical notation in women’s studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on economic justice and health. Specifically, her work investigates racist and classist discrimination in health care; issues surrounding women’s reproduction including attitudes towards single motherhood and low-income women’s childbearing; healthcare policy, and attitudes toward universal health care. She has also published on topics such as affirmative action, mentoring, and adolescent health.
  • Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., PhD – National Institute on Aging Postdoctoral Fellow: Dr. Thorpe is a graduate of Florida A&M University and received his doctorate from Purdue University. His research focuses on identifying potentially malleable social and environmental factors important to understanding racial disparities in function and health status.
  • Shani Harris Peterson, PhD – Kellogg CHSP Scholar: Dr. Peterson is a graduate of Spelman University and received her doctorate from Duke University. Her research interests focus around adolescent female sexual risk factors and health communication and the media. She has an avid interests in filmmaking and its role in health communication.
  • Duane Thomas, PhD – Kellogg CHSP Scholar: Dr. Thomas is a graduate of Virginia State University and received his doctorate from Pennsylvania State University. Although trained as a general scientist-practitioner, he has been developing specialization in four areas: violence prevention, community-based participatory research, school consultation and the identification of risk and protective factors for urban African American children and youth.
  • Sharon Smith, PhD – UHI Fellow: Dr. Smith holds degrees from North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University and a doctorate in Epidemiology from University of South Carolina. Her research interests include diabetes, obesity and hypertension.