Our faculty lead a $29 million dollar portfolio of high quality, high impact, and frequently interdisciplinary research projects. Among the many ongoing projects are randomized control trials to evaluate cognitive training interventions among the elderly, studies of best practices to improve hospital quality and efficiency, evaluations of recent changes introduced by health care reform, studies integrating social science and genetic data and designs to understand causal effects of behaviors on health and healthcare utilization, and evaluations of innovations in health service delivery and payment. Our faculty publish in top health services research journals such as Health Services Research, Medical Care, Health Affairs, and the American Journal of Public Health, and in leading journals in related fields including economics, policy studies, organization and management, and gerontology.
Students are highly involved in faculty research and contribute closely to the various research components including literature review, data handling, analysis, and manuscript writing. Many of our students have several publications before graduation from these research collaborations. Students are also expected to conduct their own independent research and write a publishable paper from that work paper as part of their training in the program, independently from the dissertation expectation.