Marcia Ward


Marcia Ward

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

Marcia M. Ward, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. Dr. Ward is Director of the Center for Health Policy and Research at the University of Iowa. She also directs the HRSA-funded Rural Telehealth Research Center. Her 35 years of research experience focus on health services research, rural healthcare delivery, and health outcomes. Dr. Ward has been the PI of numerous grants funded by AHRQ, HRSA, NIH, the State of California, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is the author of over 100 peer review publications and 40 technical reports and has been funded on over 70 grants and contracts during her research career. 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