Care about health in communities? Interested in learning how to engage communities in changing human behavior for a healthier world?
Take part in a new experiential training program to learn and practice the science and skills of preventing chronic disease!
Stanford Health 4 All (H4A, previously Stanford Health 4 America) Fellows Program, designed and delivered by the Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University School of Medicine, is a 9-month, fee-based program focused on the prevention of chronic diseases. The program includes courses taught by Stanford faculty and unpaid Service Learning Internships with our community partners. 10-20 fellows per cohort.
2015-2016 Program Details
Now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 cohort! The application due date is May 1, 2016 and classes begin September 29, 2016.
It is not possible to save your application and return later to complete and submit it. Click here for a pdf of the 2016 application.
For details about the program, please go to the Fellows page.
To get a glimpse of the diverse group of our current fellows, check their profiles here.
50% of fellows have received fee reductions based on need. Click here for information about how to apply for financial assistance.
Visa holders: Are you a foreign citizen with a valid dependent visa (i.e., the spouse of a F1 or J2 visa holder)? You may be eligible to apply for the program under the avocational course exception if your visa will be current for the time of the program. Supporting document due dates will be extended for these applicants if necessary- apply now! B-1 and B-2 tourist visa holders are not eligible for H4A. All visa holders are responsible for legally obtaining their visas and maintaining their eligibility for the program. Stanford H4A does not issue visas. In their application, foreign nationals must must include documentation of their visa and permits which show their eligibility to study in the H4A program.
H4A Poster Abstracts
Each H4A Fellow completes a scientific poster for his/her community partnership or research project. Topics have varied varied widely, ranging from culturally tailored food tastings as part of a diabetes prevention program for Latinos to quitting smoking with Twitter. Click here to read the abstracts for the 2015 cohort's projects. Click here for a selection of the 2014 cohort's abstracts.
Interested in a Master's degree program in Community Health and Prevention Research?
Stanford Prevention Research Center in the Stanford School of Medicine offers a one-year master of science degree program in Community Health and Prevention Research (CHPR). For information on degree requirements, courses offered, and how to apply, please visit the CHPR website.
H4A In The News
Congratulations to our 2015 cohort of H4A Fellows! The fellows completed the H4A program in August 2015 and presented research posters of their project journeys at the certificate ceremony.
The H4A journey and many of the projects from our first cohort in 2014 were featured in Inside Stanford Medicine and in the Stanford Medicine Scopeblog. Congrats to Stanford H4A Fellows 2014 and thanks to all who supported the creation and delivery of H4A!
Congratulations to Stanford H4A faculty member Assistant Professor Sanjay Basu, MD, PhD, who has received a New Innovator Award from the NIH for high-risk, high-return research. Dr Basu specializes in the development of mathematical models that help improve disease-prevention programs, in part by predicting unexpected or adverse health consequences of public health, fiscal and regulatory policies. He investigates how such programs can help prevent chronic diseases, especially obesity and Type 2 diabetes, that disproportionately affect low-income populations around the world. Read the article here.
Dr. Basu is lead author of a recent study which found that banning the purchase of sugar-sweetened beverages with food stamps could reduce obesity and type-2 diabetes. H4A faculty member Professor Christopher Gardner, PhD co-authored the study, which used computer simulations to estimate the ban's effect. The study was published in the June issue of Health Affairs. Read about the study here.
Dr. Basu also was named a "2013 Global Thinker" by Foreign Policy magazine. Dr. Basu received the recognition for his recent book, written with David Stuckler of Oxford University, The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills, which analyzed huge sets of data on the effects that economic stringency has had on public health in recent history. Read the article here.
From Our Fellows
"Health 4 All fosters an invigorating and inspiring environment in which individuals from all types of personal and professional backgrounds present their best selves in order to solve problems and enrich the communities they care for most. I feel so lucky to be a part of the H4A community and wish all academic spaces could provide the inspiration, support, and opportunity this program does.”
Sacha McBain, Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology
"The best professional decision I've made in years -- this fellowship reconnected me with the reasons why I became a physician."
Charles Bowden, MD
"My name is Diana Delgadillo and I am proud to be part of the first fellows cohort of Stanford H4A. My goal is to narrow the gap in health disparities amongst the Hispanic population. Growing up in Bakersfield allowed me to see the hardships Hispanic immigrant farmworkers face. As a first generation Mexican daughter from an immigrant farm-working family, being a fellow is teaching me knowledge and techniques on how to have an impact on the health of Hispanics. Stanford H4A is a well organized program and is executed by very driven individuals. Besides interacting with some extraordinarily brilliant classmates, the courses are mentally challenging, allowing us to express our creativity and passion on a specific topic. We all share a “fire in our bellies” in distinct interests to ameliorate the health of our nation one person at a time."
Diana Delgadillo, Student & Community Activist
"A great supplement to my current practice in Ayurveda and Yoga, especially for designing community based participatory research projects and affecting behavior change!"
Sumita Vasudeva, Wellness Counselor
"Stanford H4A trains you in the skills to separate science and solid research from pseudo-science. It equips you with knowledge on health and behavior change, immediately empowering you and your community. However, H4A is more than just an academic program. It bolsters your strengths and encouraging you to confront your weaknesses, it cultivates you into a better version of yourself. H4A fosters a deep sense of meaning by positioning you to serve in a community you feel connected to. I am confident that I will graduate the program with a refined ability to create positive changes, and the humility to tackle obstacles with gratitude and resiliency."
Jenna Kim, BeWell Advisor
"I am blown away by the opportunities offered through Stanford H4A. I expected to learn about prevention and health in the program, but I never expected I would learn so much about myself. The unique design of the program gives participants the opportunity to pursue and develop passions while learning from an incredibly dynamic group of peers and professors."
Nicole Jeffery, future health professional
"This program delivers the educational trinity: a high quality academic experience from groundbreaking thought-leaders, a pragmatic problem-solving approach to real-world problems, and a diverse group of bright, talented people with far-flung life experiences. Mix, match, mingle, magic! So grateful to be here. I truly believe this is the future of medicine, and hopefully, medical education."
Drea Burbank, MD