Yale School of Management

Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership at Yale University

The Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership at Yale University is a 22-month, fully funded degree-granting program that gives healthcare practitioners the leadership skills and the deep understanding of teams, markets, and organizations necessary to tackle major inequities in the U.S. healthcare system.

Fellows attend the MBA for Executives program with a focus on healthcare while also receiving specialized training and mentoring from experts in healthcare disparities from across the university and beyond. The fellowship is open to health practitioners committed to improving healthcare access and outcomes for minorities, socio-economically disadvantaged groups, and other vulnerable populations.

About the Fellowship

Fellows earn an MBA over 22 months, completing Yale SOM’s integrated MBA core curriculum, participating in colloquia with other healthcare leaders, and taking advanced courses in management and healthcare. The executive MBA format, which includes classes every other weekend and four residence weeks, including one Global Network Week abroad, allows them to continue in their current roles while building business acumen and gaining valuable leadership capabilities. In addition, Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellows benefit from mentoring, domestic policy immersion trips, and hands-on project opportunities centered on health equity issues.

The Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship was endowed by a generous gift from Robert C. Pozen, a member of the Yale Law School Class of 1972. 

Yale School of Management Pozen-Commonwealth Fellows with Mr. Pozen and Alumni panel.
Yale School of Management Pozen-Commonwealth Fellows with Mr. Pozen and Alumni panel

Leadership

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, associate professor of medicine and of epidemiology at the Yale School of Medicine and associate professor of management at the Yale School of Management, is director of the Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship. 

Dr. Howard P. Forman, professor of radiology, economics, public health, and management, is the director of the MBA for Executives healthcare curriculum and special advisor to the Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship.  

Advisory Committees

The Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship benefits from the involvement of two committees whose members help guide the program and serve as mentors to the fellows. The National Advisory Committee is comprised of senior leaders in the healthcare field with a diversity of geography, careers, and backgrounds, while the Institutional Advisory Committee is made up of senior leaders across Yale University whose work intersects with the goals of the fellowship.

Advisory Committees Members

Mary-Ann Etiebet, MD
Lead and Executive Director, Merck for Mothers

Jesse James, MD, MBA
Chief Medical Officer, CHESS

Clarion E. Johnson, MD
Former Global Medical Director, ExxonMobil

Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., MD, MPH, MBA
Senior Associate Vice President, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement; Executive Director, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health; Clinical Professor, Steve Hicks School of Social Work; Professor of Psychiatry, Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin

Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH
Associate Dean for Health Equity; Associate Professor, Department of Population Health and Courtesy; Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas at Austin

Gloria C. Ramsey, JD, RN
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Pamela Riley, MD, MPH
Medical Director, District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance

Admissions

The Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship is open to health practitioners, including nurses, physicians, and physician assistants, who are committed to improving healthcare access and outcomes for minorities, socio-economically disadvantaged groups, and other vulnerable populations. 

Pre-Assessment

Prospective students are encouraged to register for a pre-assessment. Get personalized feedback from an EMBA admissions counselor and learn whether the MBA for Executives program and the Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship is right for you.

Application

To apply to the fellowship, complete the application for the MBA for Executives program and select the healthcare area of focus. When prompted, confirm you are applying to the Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship and complete the corresponding essay. The application to the fellowship is open to all rounds, but with maximum consideration for those applying in Round 1 and Round 2. Please see the deadlines below.

Round 1:  October 26, 2020
Round 2:  January 28, 2021
Round 3:  March 29, 2021

Contact

Contact the MBA for Executives program at emba.admissions@yale.edu with questions about the the Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship and the EMBA program.

The Commonwealth Fund

The Commonwealth Fund logo The mission of The Commonwealth Fund is to promote a high-performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, and people of color.