Community and Societal Pediatrics Fellowship

Fellows are engaged in rigorous didactic and service-learning curricula that:

  • Prepare them as master educators and competent researchers
  • Provide the breadth and depth of knowledge related to social epidemiology, life course sciences, health equity and child rights, community pediatrics, public health and child and legislative advocacy
  • Provide the national and international clinical and community-based experiences required to translate didactic knowledge into practice in the venues of education, clinical pediatrics, child advocacy and research
  • Offer relevant international experiences mentored by faculty skilled in social pediatrics, health equity and child rights.

Fellows are exposed to several education modalities and technologies that include individualized sessions with faculty on campus (in the US and abroad), distance learning, web-based curricula, mentored research and mentored educational sessions. Fellows are trained in each of these education modalities as part of their preparation as master educators.


  • Develop knowledge and expertise in the science and principles of community and societal pediatrics, child rights, health equity, social epidemiology and the life-course sciences
  • Develop knowledge, expertise and skills in:
    • Child advocacy in the venues of clinical medicine and community development
    • The generation of evidence-based public policies
  • Utilize the skills and tools required to translate the principles and science of social epidemiology, life course sciences and child advocacy into the emerging practice of community and societal pediatrics
  • Develop knowledge and skills as master educators, with the capacities required to prepare undergraduate, graduate and post graduate learners in the practice of community and societal pediatric.
  • Develop knowledge and skills in rights and equity-based research and evaluation
  • Develop the personal and professional abilities required to sustain a professional career serving marginalized children and families


Fellows work in a variety of locations that relate to their particular clinical, advocacy and research interests. Clinical care is provided at one of several pediatric practices that are jointly managed by the local health department and the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville division of community and societal pediatrics. Clinical skills in the care of chronically ill children are developed through several special population programs that include children and youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, in palliative and hospice care, in rehabilitation, transitioning into adult care and/or in the behavioral health systems. Advocacy objectives will be accomplished locally, in Tallahassee and/or Washington, D.C. and/or internationally, depending on the issues being addressed. Opportunities to work with faculty and mentors abroad will be individualized to the interests and skills of learners.


This fellowship prepares learners to matriculate into academic centers and programs with the basic skills required to initiate a research agenda. As such, fellows will be engaged in a didactic curriculum in research run by the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville Office of Research Affairs and will be expected to design and implement a research project. Faculty and staff from CHEQR will provide mentorship and support. Fellows are expected to present their work at one of a number of national meetings and prepare a manuscript for publication. They are invited to participate in ongoing faculty inquiry as well. An international network of researchers participating in International Research in Child Health (INRICH) is available to provide mentorship and support as well.

This is a new fellowship program. See examples of faculty publications .pdf (Adobe PDF Document) related to community and societal pediatrics.