Rebecca Slifkin

Rebecca Slifkin, PhD

Department of Health Policy and Management
1101C McGavran-Greenberg Hall
CB #7411
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7411


Rebecca Slifkin, MHA, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM). Prior to joining HPM she directed the Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  She served as HRSA’s policy lead on Affordable Care Act implementation and was also responsible for performance measurement activities, GAO engagements, intergovernmental affairs, trans-HRSA research and evaluation, agency-wide policy analysis, and liaison with other HHS operating divisions.

From 2000-2010 Dr. Slifkin directed the North Carolina Rural Health Research & Policy Analysis Center at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focused on a broad array of subjects, including critical access hospitals, pharmacy and Medicare Part D, the 340B program, Medicaid managed care, public health departments, access to care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and Medicare reimbursement issues, including analysis of the wage index and the occupation mix. She has substantial experience leading quick turnaround projects aimed at a policy audience, and she has consulted with agency and congressional staff numerous times on the potential impact of legislative policies. From 2000-2010, Dr. Slifkin was a member of the Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel, a national panel committed to producing objective analyses of the impacts of public policy on rural people and places. 


  • MA, Art, American University, 1978
  • MHA, Health Care Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991
  • PhD, Health Policy and Administration (Health Economics minor), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1994