Scholars Programs

Kern Health Care Delivery Scholars Program

Established in 2010, and sponsored by center benefactors Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern, the Kern Health Care Delivery Scholars Program is training and mentoring the next generation of clinically trained doctoral-level fellows and junior faculty in health services research.

There is a critical need for a workforce of highly motivated, exceptionally trained, practicing clinicians within Mayo Clinic with the necessary research skills, protected time and scholarly track record to undertake high-quality practice-based health services research that can improve the delivery of health care. Mayo Clinic is dedicated to developing the needed workforce, and established the Kern Health Care Delivery Scholars Program with the goal of transforming health care delivery for improved, patient-centered outcomes.

Providing evidence-informed and patient-centered health care requires assessing existing health care delivery systems, rigorously testing different care models and applying best practices to improve those systems. Health services research harnesses the disciplines of the social sciences, including epidemiology, statistics and sociology, to achieve these objectives.

The Kern Health Care Delivery Scholars Program furthers Mayo Clinic's strategic goals — to transform the health care delivery process by using our knowledge and information to provide solutions, to remain trusted and affordable to patients, and to sustain a scholarly workforce relevant to recent health care reform legislation.

Kern Health Care Delivery Scholars are not only building their own knowledge, but enabling others to improve the delivery of health care wherever they are.

Population Health Scholars Program

Established in 2014, the Population Health Scholars Program is advancing population health science through the translation of research into real-world solutions and policies to improve population health. The program is an effort to cultivate research in population health and build an evidence base to inform efforts to protect and promote community health. It's grounded in the premise that healthy communities create healthy people.

There is a critical need for a workforce of practicing primary care clinicians within Mayo Clinic with the necessary research skills, protected time and scholarly track record to undertake high-quality practice-based health services research that can improve health of human populations and individuals. The three-year Population Health Science Scholars Program provides training and mentoring for community and population health research at Mayo Clinic.

The program contributes to ongoing efforts at Mayo Clinic to:

  • Develop and identify population health indicators, including patient-reported outcomes
  • Evaluate the quality and value of care
  • Facilitate adoption and integration of best practices in population health in diverse clinical and community environments

The program expands Mayo Clinic's research agenda in the area of high-impact, high-value, evidenced-based, community interventions. It serves as a laboratory for developing a cohort of expertise and a program of research in population health.

Population Health Research Program scholars have already begun to build the evidence base and advance understanding in a number of areas.