Research Themes

  • Health Systems Reform

    The U.S. health care system accounts for over 17 percent of the GNP, yet by virtually every metric of system performance, American health care is in the middle or bottom of the pack compared to countries with similar levels of economic development.
  • Quality, Efficiency and Equity of Healthcare

    As metrics for health system performance have become more extensive and nuanced, shortfalls in quality, disparities in health care access, treatment, and outcomes, and inconsistencies in health system performance have been more fully identified
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health

    The opioid crisis has captured much recent public attention in the U.S., but the abuse of substances (licit and illicit) and broader manifestations of mental health have long been central to health policy and to research within HPM.
  • Modeling: Policy, Operations and Disease

    Mathematical and simulation modeling plays a growing role in studying the health and financial outcomes of public health policies. 

  • Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Medical Devices

    Medical products—pharmaceuticals, biologics, vaccines and devices—are essential tools in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. As their role in health and health care grows, so too does the complexity of their development, regulation, promotion and pricing, among other topics.
  • Health and Wellbeing

    The scope of effective health policy necessarily extends beyond encounters with the health care system or the treatment and recovery from illness.
  • Global Health

    HPM researchers conduct and disseminate research to improve health systems, generating scientific evidence that can be translated into improved health policies and practices for primary care delivery, HIV/AIDS, addiction, social and climate issues and more.