Public & Population Health Informatics (PHI) Fellowships

Public & Population Health Informatics (PHI) Fellowships

Would you like to:

  • improve the health and wellness of hundreds, thousands and, potentially, millions of patients using advanced analytics?
  • combat significant public health problems, such as the opioid, obesity or diabetes epidemics, using information technologies?
  • support the implementation of accountable care approaches that help coordinate healthcare delivery for large patient populations?

If the answer is yes to any of these, our public and population health informatics (PHI) fellowship might be right for you! We are actively recruiting pre- and post-doctoral trainees for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Why you should be in this program

Public & Population Health Informatics …

  • applies the science of informatics to the growing needs of health systems and public health agencies to rapidly detect and study emergent phenomena;
  • identifies potential interventions to address health system challenges;
  • measures effectiveness of interventions designed to address those challenges; and
  • translates proven interventions into practice across health systems.

What you will learn

Building on your existing skills and knowledge, you will learn things like:

  • managing and analyzing large datasets in healthcare or public health organizations;
  • developing and using analytical methods to address population health challenges;
  • translating basic and clinical research findings into operational population-based settings;
  • designing, developing and evaluating health IT programs and tools in PHI; and
  • using social and/or behavioral science disciplines (e.g., economics, sociology, psychology) and applying concepts and methods from these disciplines and their applied counterparts (e.g., organizational behavior, human-computer interaction) to solve PHI problems.

Ready to meet your future colleagues?

The leadership team of the program includes:


Brian E. Dixon, MPA, PhD, FHIMSS

Public health informatics leader, health information exchange enthusiast, book editor, Cub scout leader.


Titus K. Schleyer, DMD, PhD

Biomedical informatician, learning health system enthusiast, gardener, kenshi.

Ready to join us?

If a career in PHI research and development sounds exciting to you, please consider applying for a fellowship in one of two tracks:

  • Pre-doctoral
    • PhD in Epidemiology: doctoral degree in Epidemiology from the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health with a focus on PHI
    • PhD in Health Policy & Management (HPM): doctoral degree in HPM from the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health with a focus on PHI
    • Trainees in either track will conduct active PHI research with IU and Regenstrief Institute faculty in conjunction with health systems, local, state, and federal public health agencies.
    • Our National Library of Medicine grant covers tuition, health insurance, books, and travel expenses as well as provides a monthly stipend of $2,000 for living expenses.
    • For more information on the pre-doctoral program:
      • Questions about the Epidemiology degree: Dr. Brian Dixon, Co-Director of fellowship program at
      • Questions about the HPM degree: Dr. Christopher Harle, Associate Director for Curriculum at
  • Post-doctoral
    • If you already have a doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, DrPH, MD) in information science, computer science, or health science field, consider the Postdoctoral Fellowship in PHI! You will complete a customized plan of study in PHI while conducting PHI research with faculty mentors at Indiana University and the Regenstrief Institute. Training will include grant writing, teaching, and PHI service to prepare individuals for research-oriented careers.
    • To apply for a postdoctoral fellowship, please visit our opportunities here.
    • How much will you be paid? See NIH guidelines here.

Fellows must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents per NIH policy.

Questions about the PHI Fellowships? Contact Jarod Baker at, or call 317-274-9274.

The PHI fellowships are offered by the Regenstrief Institute Center for Biomedical Informatics in partnership with the Indiana University (IU) Fairbanks School of Public Health and the IU School of Medicine. Funding is generously provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) training program.

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