Robert McGrath II

Phone: (603) 862-5047
Office: Health Management & Policy, Hewitt Hall Rm 323, Durham, NH 03824
Pronouns: He/him/his
Robert McGrath

Dr. McGrath is the Everett B. Sackett Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy in the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire. There he directs the Graduate Program in Heath Data Science and teaches courses in US Health Care Systems, Strategic Management, Ethics for Data Science and Applied Data Science Practice.

His academic focus surrounds health data and information issues for health care practice and policy. From 2013 to 2019 he served as the Director of Graduate Programs in Analytics and Data Science at UNH. Prior to that time he served as the executive director of the NH Health Information Center at UNH. He has directed a number of health IT programs including, NH Connects for Health, the NH Health Care Interoperability Project, the Health Information Security and Privacy Project and helped guide the first Health Information Exchange Strategic Plan for New Hampshire. His concurrent research focuses on health disparities for families with children with genetically derived and chronic health conditions. He also served as an assistant health policy advisor for former Governor Jeanne Shaheen.

Dr. McGrath is also immensely involved with UNH and is a past President of the UNH Alumni Association Board of Directors.


  • Ph.D., Social Sciences, Brandeis University
  • M.A., Social Sciences, Brandeis University
  • M.S., Health&MedicalAdminServices, Harvard University
  • B.S., Health&MedicalAdminServices, University of New Hampshire

Research Interests

  • Child Health
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Emotional/Mental Health
  • Healing, health care and social welfare
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Care Reform
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Planning/Policy

Courses Taught

  • 711: Health Systems Research I
  • 712: Health Analytics
  • 742: Strat Mgt Hlth Care Organiztns
  • DATA 896: Analytics Lab I
  • DATA 897: Self-Designed Analytics Lab II
  • DATA 911: Analytics Practicum I
  • DATA 912: Analytics Practicum II
  • HMP 711: Health Systems Research I
  • HMP 742: Strat Mgt Hlth Care Organiztns

Selected Publications

Priestley, J., & Mcgrath, R. J. (2019). The Evolution of Data Science: A New Mode of Knowledge Production. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT, 15(2), 97-109. doi:10.4018/IJKM.2019040106

McGrath, R. J., Priestley, J. L., Zhou, Y., & Culligan, P. J. (2018). The Validity of Online Patient Ratings of Physicians: Analysis of Physician Peer Reviews and Patient Ratings. INTERACTIVE JOURNAL OF MEDICAL RESEARCH, 7(1). doi:10.2196/ijmr.9350

Stransky, M. L., McGrath, R., Reichard, A., McClain, M., Phillips, K. G., Houtenville, A., & Drum, C. E. (2016). Asthma and asthma-related health care utilization among people without disabilities and people with physical disabilities. DISABILITY AND HEALTH JOURNAL, 9(4), 646-654. doi:10.1016/j.dhjo.2016.05.003

Samuels, J. G., McGrath, R. J., Fetzer, S. J., Mittal, P., & Bourgoine, D. (2015). Using the Electronic Health Record in Nursing Research: Challenges and Opportunities. WESTERN JOURNAL OF NURSING RESEARCH, 37(10), 1284-1294. doi:10.1177/0193945915576778

McClain, M. R., McGrath, R. J., Stransky, M. L., & Benkendorf, J. L. (2015). National Survey of Providers Treating Patients With Metabolic Disorders Identified by Newborn Screening Demonstrates Challenges Faced by Clinical Care Systems. CLINICAL PEDIATRICS, 54(8), 759-764. doi:10.1177/0009922814561352

McGrath, R. J., Stransky, M. L., Cooley, W. C., & Moeschler, J. B. (2011). National Profile of Children with Down Syndrome: Disease Burden, Access to Care, and Family Impact. JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS, 159(4), 535-540. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2011.04.019

McGrath, R. J., Stransky, M. L., & Seavey, J. W. (2011). The Impact of Socioeconomic Factors on Asthma Hospitalization Rates by Rural Classification. JOURNAL OF COMMUNITY HEALTH, 36(3), 495-503. doi:10.1007/s10900-010-9333-7

The Relationship between Resilience and Body Image in College Women (2010). The Internet Journal of Health, 10(2). doi:10.5580/b81

McGrath, R. J., Laflamme, D. J., Schwartz, A. P., Stransky, M., & Moeschler, J. B. (2009). Access to genetic counseling for children with autism, Down syndrome, and intellectual disabilities.. Pediatrics, 124 Suppl 4, S443-S449. doi:10.1542/peds.2009-1255Q

MCGRATH, R. J. (2009). Implementation Theory Revisited . . . Again: Lessons from the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Politics &amp Policy, 37(2), 309-336. doi:10.1111/j.1747-1346.2009.00174.x

Most Cited Publications