Dr. Erin Fraher

Erin P. Fraher

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
Associate Professor
Department of Family Medicine, UNC School of Social Medicine
Research Associate Professor
Department of Surgery, UNC School of Medine
Deputy Director
Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
Director, Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy
Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research


Erin P. Fraher, PhD, MPP, is an associate professor (with tenure) in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine. Dr. Fraher directs the HRSA-funded Carolina Health Workforce Research Center. The Center’s mission is to provide the evidence needed to redesign health workforce training, deployment and regulation in a rapidly changing health care system. Dr. Fraher is internationally recognized for her efforts to improve workforce projection methodologies and investigate ways that states and the federal government can better use graduate medical education funding to drive workforce outcomes, foster transparency and increase accountability. Her recent work focuses on understanding the workforce implications of new care delivery and payment models. Dr. Fraher’s research is interprofessional, spanning medicine, nursing, social work, pharmacy, dentistry, mental health, allied health and the direct care workforce. She is Chair of the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) which is charged with advising the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Congress on workforce trends, training issues and financing. While Dr. Fraher has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, her ability to produce policy briefs, fact sheets and interactive data visualizations have enabled her work to have broad impact. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Spanish from Wellesley College, a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the University of California at Berkeley and a PhD in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Research Activities

  • Health workforce
  • Health policy
  • State and federal policy


  • BA, Economics and Spanish, Wellesley College, 1988
  • MPP, Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, 1993
  • PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009