Mueller to deliver CPH Distinguished Faculty Lecture Aug. 27

UI College of Public Health 2015 Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Health Services Research Meets Policy and Practice to Benefit Rural People

Keith MuellerKeith Mueller, PhD
Gerhard Hartman Professor and Head, Department of Health Management and Policy
College of Public Health, The University of Iowa

Thursday, August 27
3:30 p.m.
Callaghan Auditorium
N110 College of Public Health Building

A reception will follow in the CPHB atrium.

Over the past 30 years, health services researchers have helped shape policy to strengthen health care delivery systems in rural America. Today, with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. faces transformational changes in health care organization, delivery, and finance.

To help rural people, providers, and places with this transformation, health services researchers and analysts must know as much as possible about those changes, how organizations can use the changes as opportunities, and what to expect as organizations adapt. In this presentation, Keith Mueller will discuss the tools, resources, and knowledge that researchers and analysts have to help make this transformation positive for rural and underserved populations.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the College of Public Health in advance at 319-384-1500.

Center for Health Policy and Research issues annual report

Cover of the Center for Health Policy and Research 2014 annual report

The Center for Health Policy and Research is the research arm of the Department of Health Management and Policy and is a university-wide interdisciplinary research facility. The center recently released its 2014 annual report that summarizes research projects, publications, and presentations.

Some report highlights include:

  • 26 total research projects
  • $12,625,808 total direct funding by research
  • 17 center associates


On average, 25-30 research projects are funded through the center at any given time. Faculty members from the UI Colleges of Public Health, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Business, and Liberal Arts and Sciences serve as investigators in a variety of studies. Staff plus doctoral students, master’s degree students, and undergraduates assist with ongoing research projects. The center houses numerous projects led by center associates.

Remarkably, the center houses this level of activity without any source of core funding to offset its operation. Primary project funding comes from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the State of Iowa, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Patient -Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), foundations, and private organizations.

Educational Activities

The center sponsors a number of educational activities. Its Friday Seminar Series showcases research updates from members of the department, those around the university, as well as special visitors. Faculty are able to share their cutting-edge research with their departmental and college colleagues, and doctoral students may present in order to have the opportunity to receive helpful critique and suggestions regarding their work.

Visiting Scholars and Collaboration

The Visiting Scholar Series was established to bring leaders in health policy and research to the center to present lectures and meet with faculty and students, as well as to foster dialogue among and interact with the College of Public Health and greater University of Iowa community. Guest scholars of national and international repute discuss timely and timeless subjects.

The center also promotes collaboration among health organizations through frequent exchanges with professional and provider associations, policy and planning groups, insurance organizations, health delivery institutions, and other members of the health services research and policy community.