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Applied Public Policy Graduate Fellow - Hybrid (New England based)

University of Massachusetts Medical School
333 South St

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Under the direction of the assigned manager, the Applied Public Policy Graduate Fellow (APP Graduate Fellow) will provide currently enrolled graduate students and recent masters and doctoral graduates with an exceptional hands-on experience in managing health and health care policy, financing, research, and service delivery systems, working in the effective and efficient administration of Massachusetts state-level health and human services programs. These tasks may be administrative or research oriented, depending on the department. Assigned projects will require advanced analytical and communications skills. For research-based departments, the Graduate Fellow will be responsible for complex laboratory tasks. Primary communications will be in a team environment within assigned department and will be focused on collecting the appropriate input for the assigned projects. As part of the educational component, participants will meet to make basic presentations highlighting the policy choices, challenges, and decision options that they discover regarding the work in which they are engaged. Specific job responsibilities will vary by department but may include information gathering, analysis, writing, editing and/or laboratory work. 


The Fellows would be working in one of these MassHealth (MH) areas:


Office of Payment and Care Delivery Innovation would contribute to strengthening the integration of social services for individuals receiving health insurance coverage through MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program agency.


Office of Long Term Services and Supports would contribute to managing a robust system of supports for members of all ages who need services to enable them to live with independence and dignity in their daily lives, participate in their communities, and increase their overall quality of life.


Office of Behavioral Health would contribute to managing a robust system of all major types of behavioral health services for members of all ages, including mental health and substance use disorders.


Finance/Operations would contribute to the management of various policies, strategies and procedures including pricing, MH Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Eligibility, CMS regulations/policies, etc.


Note: Must be authorized to work in the US for two years from the date of starting the fellowship. Work authorization in the U.S. must be for an employer other than your host institution where you are pursuing a degree.



Administrative• Perform complex and varied executive/administrative tasks which require a high degree of independent action and the setting of priorities and procedures.• Conduct advanced research to assist other team members.• Create reports and perform in-depth data analysis.• Implement and manage tasks in accordance with departmental objectives.• Create and deliver basic presentations highlighting policy choices, challenges, and decision options that they discover regarding the work in which they are engaged• Perform assigned project tasks within specified timeframes.• Perform other duties as required • Meet and Report weekly to an assigned professional Mentor.

Research• Perform complex experiments according to written protocols.• Perform advanced statistical analysis of data, genetic analysis and/or clinical studies.• Perform advanced library searches, reading and copying relevant materials.• Perform complex laboratory maintenance tasks.• Operate research equipment (i.e. scintillation counters, microscopes, centrifuges, balances) and record results.• Prepare laboratory media and solutions.


REQUIRED EDUCATIONMaster’s Degree (or Master’s Degree Candidate with 21+ Credits earned) Applicants must have completed their master’s degree, or may be a currently enrolled graduate student with at least 21 earned credits. REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCEAdvanced analytical and communication skills Attention to detail with the ability to collect and record information from a wide variety of sources Ability to use standard office tools and software (MS-Office) Must be reliable and able to set consistent work hours PREFERRED EDUCATIONEarned Doctorate, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies Applicants may have completed their master’s degree, or doctoral coursework, Certificate of Advanced Graduates Studies (CAGS), or doctoral degree, or be in the final semester of their master’s or CAGS, or in the final year of their doctoral or other advanced degree coursework.


Ideally, this individual would have experience working at the intersection of health care and social services, be familiar with the Massachusetts health care and/or social services sector, and have policy design and/or project implementation experience


Additional Information



Please send cover letter (specifying area of interest), Resume or CV, unofficial transcripts and contact information of three references to:


Jeremiah P. Riordon, Ed.D.

Executive Director, Training & Workforce Development

UMass Chan Medical School-Commonwealth Medicine via email to


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