2025-2026 Administrative Fellowship

The DVACO Administrative Fellowship is a 1-year program designed for recent graduates of MHA, MBA, MPH, MS-POPH, or similar healthcare programs to build a foundation for a career in population health. The position emphasizes skills related to population health management, healthcare business planning, and leadership. Based on interests, the program may include rotations through various DVACO departments including Care Coordination, Practice Transformation, Data Analytics, Post-Acute Care and Clinical Quality, and the opportunity to become acquainted with each of our member hospitals.

In addition to these rotations, the Fellow can tailor their experience through various projects in quality oversight, data reporting, performance improvement, physician engagement, informatics, network development, and contract/payer relations. This design gives the Fellow the opportunity to build fundamental communication, analytic, and problem-solving skills as well as an understanding of the ACO environment and population health strategies. To complement on-the-job training, fellows are involved in Board and other administrative meetings. Fellows report directly to Joel Port, SVP, Business and Network Development.

Meet our past and present fellows.

Sample Projects:

  • Analyze quality metrics linked to ACO financial performance and present findings to the Board
  • Lead strategic planning efforts to develop a specialist network within the ACO
  • Develop a health equity strategy to update existing value-based contracting principles
  • Design a social determinant of health (SDOH) flag in the EMR
  • Assess behavioral health integration readiness of ACO physician practices
  • Lead the design of a new employee ACO Product
  • Create financial models for new payor contracts
  • Manage the implementation of care coordination IT software among post-acute facilities
  • Develop contracts for the enhanced track Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP)
  • Design a strategy for the care coordination team to identify high risk patients
  • Communicate with physician practices about their performance in DVACO initiatives
  • Analyze administrative costs on a per member per month (PMPM) basis and develop a proforma
  • Lead the development and implementation of a quality benchmarking system

Complete application and submit materials here.

Required Qualifications

  • Graduate as of Spring 2025 of MHA/MPH/MBA/MS-POPH Accredited, or similar, degree program (for programs requiring a third year “residency” before granting a degree, completion of all academic course work is required)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in a remote work environment
  • Highly motivated, and a self-starter

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate as of Spring 2025 of a Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) program
  • Strong interest in Population Health and/or Value-Based Care
  • History of strong academic achievement

Application Materials

To be considered for the 2025-2026 Administrative Fellowship, the following items must be attached to your application:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Current Resume
  3. Three letters of Recommendation
    1. At least one letter must be from a graduate professor
    2. At least one letter must be from a current or former employer
  4. Personal Statement
    1. 1-2 pages addressing personal career goals and your view on the importance of population health management
  5. Official Graduate Transcript


Informational Webinars – Register for our webinars.

Upcoming Webinar Dates:

  • Monday, July 29th, 2024 at 9 AM EST
  • Wednesday, August 14th, 2024 at 1 PM EST
  • Tuesday, August 27th, 2024 at 5 PM EST

Application Due Date: Sunday, September 22nd, 2024 at 11:59pm EST

Phone interviews: Late September

Finalists interview (Virtual, full-day interview format): Early October

Please contact Krista Osterhout, current fellow, at KOsterhout@dvaco.org with any questions.

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