Health & 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. Students have contributed to numerous projects on the effects of health care reform, assessing health care quality, and understanding the costs of illness and disability, particularly in the areas of mental health and addiction. RAND also contributes to a growing body of work related to health in military service members and veterans, especially related to post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Pardee RAND students are contributing to an increasing number of projects related to global health and development, complementary and alternative medicine, diet/exercise and obesity, and care for aging populations.

Student-Faculty Research Collaborations

Through project-based research, 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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Examining Potential Reforms to the U.S. Child Welfare System

Ifeanyi Edochie and Lauren Davis, working with professor Jeanne Ringel, showed that the United States could improve long-term outcomes and reduce child welfare system costs by $12.3 billion by striking a better balance between programs to prevent child maltreatment and those that offer services for kids who have already suffered from abuse.

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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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