The research program in the Department of Health Policy and Management takes a multidisciplinary approach to studying important and complex issues in health policy and service delivery. By applying innovative quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches, researchers aim to improve the availability, quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care services and reduce health disparities at the local, national, and international levels. In addition to publishing numerous articles, books, and book chapters, faculty testify before Congress, serve on commissions, and provide consultation to various health care organizations and government agencies.
World Health and Population
This on-line, peer review, interdisciplinary journal, sponsored by the department, is devoted to policy and management issues in health and population fields in developing countries. It primarily publishes articles based on empirical research. Its overall character is marked by serious, responsible and readable scholarship of interest to academicians, policy makers, program managers and donors. To visit this journal go to http://www.longwoods.com/publications/world-health-population.
Triangle Health Economics
The Triangle Health Economics site provides a convenient listing of online sources to Triangle health economics researchers, centers, and institutes, and includes the schedule for the Triangle Health Economics Workshop, which is held approximately bi-weekly during the academic year to bring together health economists from across the Triangle to discuss current research by invited speakers.
Program on Health Outcomes
The health care industry faces growing imperatives to improve the quality, effectiveness, and value of care. These imperatives drive our need to measure and improve health outcomes, and to demonstrate the improvements to consumers, providers, and policymakers. In September 1998, we created the Program on Health Outcomes (PHO) at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to meet that need in partnership with other organizations and individuals in the health care industry.
The PHO is a resource within UNC where government and private health organizations can obtain expertise in health outcomes for a wide range of applications. The PHO capitalizes on the critical mass of skills and resources in outcomes research across UNC, the UNC Health Care System, and outside partners.
The Cancer Care Quality Training Program
Mounting evidence indicates that the quality of cancer care is not what it could be. Improving cancer care quality will require clinician and non-clinician scientists to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary research teams that span the fields of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, information science, public health, and social work. The Cancer Care Quality Training Program (CCQTP) recruits 2 pre-doctoral and 2 post-doctoral candidates per year, offers them a specialized curriculum that fosters a multidisciplinary understanding of cancer care quality, provides them mentored research experience in multidisciplinary teams, and prepares them for careers in cancer care quality research. The CCQTP draws on the mentoring, teaching, and research expertise of more than 20 faculty members from 10 departments and divisions within the Schools of Public Health, Medicine, Nursing, and Library and Information Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Comparative Effectiveness Research K12 Program
Comparative effectiveness research (CER) is critical in the U.S. today because it is viewed as central to health care reform. Meeting the current and future demands of CER requires well-trained investigators who possess the methodological skills and substantive knowledge to conduct innovative studies that inform diverse stakeholders (e.g., federal and state government agencies, payers, employers, and citizens) who use CER to make decisions.
Our CER K12 Program, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, seeks to provide protected time, train, and mentor promising, broadly-diverse junior faculty with the potential to conduct innovative CER. To that end, we will facilitate the mentored career development of a cohort of CER Scholars by providing them with training in methodologies and cross-cutting skills that are central to CER.
Through mentored, interdisciplinary training, CER Scholars will participate in a curriculum that uses didactic and experiential learning to provide CER Scholars with the training, experience, and mentoring required to become independent investigators who conduct CER that improves the health of our citizens. We currently have four Scholars funded by the CER K12 Program:
|Last updated July 16, 2013|