Roth Fellowship

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Develop a deep understanding of the relationship between behavioral health (mental health, substance use) and physical health while completing your concentration field placement with the largest healthcare provider in the region.


Application Deadline:  March 1st

Application Link

Recommendation Link

Program Benefits

Training Stipend:  $6,000

Field Placement Options    

The Roth Fellow will complete a specialization field placement at the UPMC Health Plan in one of two teams:

  1. The UPMC Health Plan Community Team: This field placement offers students a variety of clinical experiences to functioning as a social worker care manager on an integrated care team (with social workers, nurses and community health workers). The Community Team conducts a comprehensive assessment of member needs with consideration of the social determinants of health and exploring The Eight Dimensions of Health (SAMSHA).

Care Management interventions may include:

  1. Linkage with a PCP, specialists and/or behavioral health provider, medication management, referral for in home supports, housing, transportation (MATP).
  2. Linkage with community resources.
  3. Addressing end of life issues (Advanced Directives, Hospice, Palliative Care).


  1. Community Care Behavioral Health Organization: This field placement offers students a variety of clinical experiences at a nonprofit, recovery-oriented, behavioral health managed care organization contracted by the UPMC Health Plan.

Care Management interventions may include:

  1. Attending case conferences, inter-agency and provider treatment planning meetings for assigned members.
  2. Collaborating with providers and others to obtain initial assessment, treatment planning and aftercare planning for members.
  3. Conducting clinical reviews, service authorization and care coordination (or oversight and supervision) for all assigned members receiving behavioral health services.
  4. Developing specific outreach plans for assigned members who do not maintain regular contact with their behavioral health provider as recommended contributing to frequent crises, recidivism, and interfering with maximum benefit from available care.
  5. Facilitating linkages for members and families between primary care and behavioral health providers and other social service or provider agencies as needed to develop and coordinate service plans.

Program Learning Objectives

  • Spend two semesters at the UPMC Health Plan, one of the largest providers of healthcare-related employment in the region.
  • Gain experience working in interdisciplinary teams addressing the social determinants of health that impede many Health Plan members’ ability to engage in treatment such as poverty, social support, neighborhood conditions, and access to health education.

Participation Commitments

Students are required to:

  • Complete 720 hours of field work at the UPMC Health Plan and/or partner agencies.
  • Complete all paperwork, clearances, and trainings required by the Health Plan.
  • Participate in evaluations and reports for the Roth fellowship and the UPMC Health Plan.


  • Second year or advanced standing, full-time students
  • Demonstrated strong academic performance
  • Priority will be given to students with a focus on healthcare and/or gerontology
  • Travel is required. Students must have access to a vehicle

Application Requirements

  1. Updated resume
  2. Statement of interest
    1. In no more than 5 paragraphs, please discuss why you would like to participate in this fellowship experience.  What attracts you to this project? What strengths do you bring that can be engaged in this learning experience? What do you hope to gain from the experience?  How will it contribute to your achieving your career goals?
  3. Unofficial transcript
  4. Letter of recommendation (can be professional or academic).

Please email this link to your recommender (professional recommendation from a work or internship supervisor is suggested). Letter of Recommendation forms can be found here.

Selection Process

  • Number of positions:  5
  • Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of 2 Pitt SSW faculty members and 1 staff member. Selected applications will be sent to the UPMC Health Plan for consideration. Health Plan staff will select applicants they wish to interview.
  • All applicants will be notified of their status (accepted, wait-listed, denied) by April 3rd.


Application Deadline:                                    March 1

Interview and Review:                                  March 2-15

Notification:                                                   March 16

Candidate Acceptance Deadline:               March 20

If there are unfilled positions, rolling applications will be accepted and reviewed:  April – July

Rolling application and wait list notification:  August 15th

Waitlist Policy

Once a student formally accepts a fellowship appointment, they will be removed from any other training program wait list. 

Contact Information

Program Administrator: Melissa Brusoski, MPH                                 

Phone:  412-624-1344