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Boston University School of Public Health students are an integral part of Public Health Post, the online population health magazine with more than 325,000 page views, 7,500+ social media followers and a weekly newsletter that reaches 15,000+ people. Learn more about PHP in this one-minute video.

About two-thirds of PHP’s content is written by paid student writing fellows. Each year a handful of standout MPH students are selected to spend a year cultivating the craft of public health writing under the direction of editors Jennifer Beard, Michael Stein, and Mallory Bersi.

2022 fellows, from left to right: Hannah Tremont, Abby Outterson, Bethany Hallenborg, Connor McCombs, Barbara Espinosa

Weekly writing workshops and editorial meetings, monthly individual check-ins, and group social opportunities form the basis for the fellowship’s supportive and collaborative culture. Fellows pitch research and databyte post ideas based on journal articles. They interview public health leaders to create fascinating profiles, and explore their own ideas in viewpoints.

PHP fellows don’t need a writing background, just a desire to establish a regular writing practice, willingness to learn PHP’s unique style, and ambition to grow as a public health communicator.

2023 Fellowship

The 2023 fellowship runs from February 1, 2023 until January 31, 2024.

Applications for the paid yearlong writing apprenticeship are closed. Candidates submit a personal statement, resume, and respond to several writing prompts.

Deadline: Oct. 20, 2022, 11:59 p.m.

Eligibility: 2023 fellowship candidates are MPH students at the Boston University School of Public Health, and must not graduate before January 2024. Candidates are usually first-year MPH students.

Typically four fellows are selected, and will be notified in early December.

Information sessions

2021 fellows, from left to right: Maya Thirkill, Devin O’Donnell, Sara Mar, Rubina Veerakone

Three info sessions were held for this fellowship application cycle – one in person and two virtual. Applicants are not required to attend an info session to apply.


Fellows receive a $12,000 stipend, distributed weekly during the fellowship. They work approximately 15 hours weekly. Work includes researching new ideas, pitching posts, writing, editing, rewriting, posting to social media, attending (and eventually facilitating!) weekly writing workshops, participating in editorial meetings, and other fellowship duties.


Read more about the 2022 fellows on our About Us page. Past fellows have gone on to roles in policy, research, health communication, higher education, and more.