Health management and policy research analyzes the many factors that comprise public health. Always, at the heart of this research is the individual and the desire for better health not only for an individual but for whole populations of people. That means of course looking at systems. Research in the department concerns populations; health care systems and related financial systems; program evaluation; policy development; and then state, regional, national, and, in certain instances, international analyses of these subjects. This research informs policies at many levels. Here is a more specific list of departmental research interests:


  • Demography
  • Adolescent health
  • Children with special health care needs and genetic disorders
  • Reproductive health
  • Tobacco use and prevention
  • Epidemiology
  • Primary and preventive care for children and adolescents
  • Emergency services for children in managed care
  • Youth-led substance abuse prevention in underserved communities
  • Nutrition education in public schools
  • Socio-economic factors determining the medical outcomes of kidney transplants
  • The value of improved air quality and weather forecast information to the power and health care industries in New England
  • Building Healthy Communities
  • Health Care Workforce
  • Strategic development for health care organizations
  • Accounting and finance of health care organizations
  • Reimbursement/insurance
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Cost-effectiveness evaluation
  • Managed care
  • Health care delivery systems
  • Rural health care delivery: focus on hospitals and the development of integrated service delivery systems

Policy and Program Evaluation

  • State-level health issues: health politics and policy and program implementation
  • Program evaluation (five-years) of welfare reform in New Hampshire
  • Program evaluation (three-years) of the Robert Wood Johnson-funded project on end of life care planning conducted by the New Hampshire Foundation for Healthy Communities
  • Public health policy and practice
  • Ethical issues in health care
  • Health Impact Assessment