Marcia Ward


Marcia Ward

Title(s): Distinguished Research Professor
Department: Health Management and Policy
Office: N236 CPHB
Phone: (319) 384-3815

Marcia M. Ward, PhD, is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. Her research focuses on telehealth, health services research, and rural healthcare delivery. Dr. Ward is Deputy Director of the HRSA-funded Rural Telehealth Research Center (RTRC) which is a consortium of researchers at the University of Iowa, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, and University of Southern Maine. She recently co-chaired the National Quality Forum (NQF) Committee on the Framework for Telehealth Measures and the NQF Committee on the Rural Telehealth and Healthcare System Readiness Measurement Framework. Prior to joining the University of Iowa in 1997, Dr. Ward co-led the Health Outcomes Program at SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute) where she served as the Associate Director of the Center for Health Sciences. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the Ohio State University and is a fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Courses Taught

  • Primary Data and Mixed Methods
  • Seminar in Contemporary Health Issues
  • Seminar in Instruction and Professional Development

Research Interests

  • Rural healthcare delivery
  • Telehealth/Telemedicine
  • Healthcare quality and performance
  • Implementation science evaluation