Health and Health Care Policy Research

Pardee RAND students contribute to RAND’s portfolio of research on health and health care in the U.S. and around the globe. Recent topics include responding to and mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic, allocating limited health care resources, reducing hospital spending, and evaluating health care reform options and payment systems. Students work in areas such as public health, disability, aging, and mental and behavioral health, and many also develop expertise in health economics and outcomes research.

Student-Faculty Research Collaborations

Through project-based research and other experiential learning opportunities, students work with faculty mentors to obtain professional skills and tacit knowledge that courses alone cannot convey. Here are a few recent projects and their resulting research.

Government health workers administering blood tests for the Ebola virus in Kenema, Sierra Leone, June 2014

Ebola Outbreak Spurs Student-Faculty Research

Bill Gelfeld, Yemi Okunogbe, Shira Efron, and Meg Chamberlin worked with professor Melinda Moore on a series of papers on mitigating the impact of Ebola in potential hot zones, assessing public health options, and applying lessons learned in public health emergencies.

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Primary care physician talking to a patient

Assessing Options for Care in Rural Washington

Simon Hollands and Xiaoyu Nie worked with professors Grant Martsolf, Chapin White, and Hao Yu to examine the potential workforce effects of several policy options to address a perceived shortage of primary care physicians in rural Washington State.

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Soldier reunited with his daughter on a sunny day

Assessing the Needs of Massachusetts' Veterans

As part of the overarching Massachusetts Veterans project, student Erin Duffy (cohort '15) worked with professor Terri Tanielian and other researchers to assess the needs of the state's veterans to help inform investments in health care services and guide efforts to remedy barriers to access.

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Faculty Mentors

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