Health Services Scholarship Track

Ideal Participants:

Applicants to the Health Services Track must apply for a Master's degree in either Public Policy (Master of Arts in Public Policy from the Harris School) or Health Economics (Master of Science for Clinical Professionals from the Department of Health Studies). 

Public Policy - We are looking for applicants who have demonstrated an interest in areas of public policy or health policy. We understand that not every applicant has had the opportunity to do significant work in public policy, but as we train future leaders in health policy, we seek applicants who are already developing a focus of scholarship through reflection and experience. Once accepted to the program, your mentors will help you take that preliminary thinking and focus it into a robust area for scholarship.

Health Economics - We are looking for individuals who want to dedicate their residency and career to improving the understanding of the financing and organization of pediatric health care. Interested applicants should have a background that demonstrates interest in such topics, whether through medical school organizations and activities, or through prior work/life experience.

The emphasis of the concentration is the methodology of health economics including theoretical models of patient, physician and health care organization behavior and the empirical examination of model predictions. This concentration was designed specifically for this scholarship track, and the course requirements have been chosen to optimize the time spent in the classroom as it applies to health care practice.

Collaborating Institutions:

Through collaboration with the Harris School for Public Policy at the University of Chicago we are thrilled to provide our Public Policy scholar with access to one of the premier programs in Public Policy in the nation. Track participants will have the opportunity to complete an Associate Masters in Public Policy. Scholars will be the only residents in a program whose cohort will include fellows and faculty in a variety of specialties, as well as non-medical participants. 

Through collaboration our Health Studies Department, we are excited to provide our Health Economics scholar with access to some of the University leaders in economics and it application to health care. As noted, this concentration within the Heatlh Studies Department was created specifically for our Track scholars, though it is now offered to general applicants, giving our residents an opportunity to work with a cohort of degree applicants from diverse backgrounds.

Application Process:

Interested students will apply to both the University of Chicago Pediatric Residency Public Policy Track through ERAS, as well as the appropriate Master's program. 

Residency applications must be submitted through ERAS by 11/01/2017, and Master's applications must be submitted in full one week before their scholarship track residency interview is scheduled. 

PLEASE NOTE: If the Public Policy/Health Economics program has not received an application by one week prior to the residency interview, and we cannot work with the applicant to get it completed, the track interview will be cancelled, and we will reschedule the applicant to interview for the categorical track on another day.

We recommend that applicants address their interest in public policy/health economics somewhere in their ERAS personal statement. The residency application letters can include a letter that addresses their qualifications for the Public Policy track, but it is not required.

For Application Requirements please visit the specific program pages.

Contact the Pediatric Medical Education Office for waiver code when applying (as applicable).


Those invited to interview will be scheduled on a specific Track interview date (Friday, November 10, 2017 or December 8, 2017). On this date, applicants will have the standard residency interview, as well as with Health Services faculty.

This interview will also count as the applicant’s interview for the categorical program.

Track Schedule:

All track scholars will complete their intern clinical work without any modification in their schedule. They will be required to join other scholars in a ongoing curriculum series that focuses on general leadership skills, exposure to the basics of all tracks, and an introduction to the scholars programs.

Starting in the 2nd year, the Health Services scholar will begin coursework onsite at the Harris School/Department of Health Studies. The scholar will be expected to take their core courses and electives during one quarter each year, scheduling them as needed to complete them during years 2-4. During these times, the scholar will not be on any clinical rotations, allowing them ample opportunity to focus on the coursework.

During their 4th year, they will be expected to complete their masters thesis with the guidance of their thesis committee, with representatives from the Harris School and the residency program. Their thesis will count as their required research project. This year will also be utilized to complete the clinical time that they deferred during coursework in the 2nd and 3rd years.

Current Health Services Track Residents:

Nathaniel Jones, MD
Pediatric Resident - Health Services Scholarship Track - 4th Year
Medical School:  UMDNJ - R.W. Johnson

Joseph Lee, MD
Pediatric Resident - Health Services Scholarship Track - 3rd Year
Medical School:  Rush Medical College

Walter Palmer III, MD
Pediatric Resident - Health Services Scholarship Track - 2nd Year
Medical School:  University of Massachusetts

Hasanga Samaraweera, MD

Pediatric Resident - Health Services Scholarship Track - 1st Year
Medical School:  University of North Dakota