The research program in the Department of Health Policy and Management takes a multidisciplinary approach to studying important and complex issues in health policy and service delivery. By applying innovative quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches, researchers aim to improve the availability, quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care services and reduce health disparities at the local, national, and international levels. In addition to publishing numerous articles, books, and book chapters, faculty testify before Congress, serve on commissions, and provide consultation to various health care organizations and government agencies.

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Triangle Health Economics

The Triangle Health Economics site provides a convenient listing of online sources to Triangle health economics researchers, centers, and institutes, and includes the schedule for the Triangle Health Economics Workshop, which is held approximately bi-weekly during the academic year to bring together health economists from across the Triangle to discuss current research by invited speakers.

The Cancer Care Quality Training Program

Mounting evidence indicates that the quality of cancer care is not what it could be. Improving cancer care quality will require clinician and non-clinician scientists to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary research teams that span the fields of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, information science, public health, and social work. The Cancer Care Quality Training Program (CCQTP) recruits 2 pre-doctoral and 2 post-doctoral candidates per year, offers them a specialized curriculum that fosters a multidisciplinary understanding of cancer care quality, provides them mentored research experience in multidisciplinary teams, and prepares them for careers in cancer care quality research. The CCQTP draws on the mentoring, teaching, and research expertise of more than 30 faculty members from 11 departments and divisions within the Schools of Public Health, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, and Library and Information Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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The Department of Health Policy and Management has a very active and well-funded research program addressed to a wide range of contemporary healthcare issues. The research interests of the HPM faculty are listed alphabetically by name below. Click the link to the faculty member’s name for contact information.

Antonia Bennett, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Implementation of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and other forms of patient-generated health data (PGHD) in oncology practice, clinical trials, and comparative effectiveness research
  • Evaluation of long-term symptom reporting with clinician notification to improve functional outcomes following sphincter-preserving surgery for colorectal cancer
  • Longitudinal registry study of pain in metastatic prostate cancer
  • Survey methodology; and strategies for electronic administration of PROs
  • Analysis of longitudinal PRO data
  • Qualitative research and psychometrics for the validation of PROs
  • Outcomes assessment in palliative care populations

Sarah Birken, PhD
  • Health care organization and delivery
  • Dissemination and implementation of innovations
  • Quality improvement
  • Organizational behavior
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Qualitative methods
  • Mixed methods
  • Survey research

Alyssa Mansfield Damon

REACH NC Research Profile

  • Integrating individual- and systems-level predictors of healthcare access, utilization, and outcomes for population health management;
  • Modeling approaches to maximizing efficient care delivery;
  • Using large administrative databases to improve healthcare value;
  • Healthcare epidemiology; operations research and analytics;
  • SAS and database management
  • Veteran and Military populations

Marisa Domino, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile


  • Health Economics
  • Medicaid Policy
  • Mental Health Economics and Policy

Bruce Fried, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile


  • Health Services Management Education
  • Mental Health and Mental Health Services
  • Global Health Systems and International Health
  • Human Resources Management in Healthcare

Leah Frerichs, PhD
  • Integration of engaged and participatory research with systems thinking and systems science
  • Social and physical environment influences on obesity and obesity-related health behaviors
  • System influences on health and wellness in underserved communities
  • American Indian cancer disparities
  • Simulation modeling and network analysis
  • Technology-based research and intervention

Bill Gentry, MPA
  • Health administration
  • Health policy
  • Public health leadership
  • Public Health Preparedness
  • Disaster Management

Sandra B Greene, DrPH

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Healthcare Utilization and Cost Trends
  • Physician Profiling
  • Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need
  • Health Insurance and Managed Care
  • Healthcare Policy Issues in North Carolina

Mark Holmes, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Rural healthcare
  • Patient-centered outcomes research
  • Policy implementation and policy development
  • Workforce

Sheila Leatherman, MSW

REACH NC Research Profile
  • International Health Policy
  • Health Systems Performance
  • Micro-financing

Jessica Y. Lee, DDS, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Evidence-based Practice of Dentistry
  • Dental Public Health

Valerie Lewis, PhD

Kristen Hassmiller Lich, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Tobacco Policy
  • Econometrics in Healthcare
  • Operations Research Application in Complex Systems
  • Infectious Disease Modeling
  • Tuberculosis Control

Jonathan B. Oberlander, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Healthcare Reform
  • Medicaid
  • Health Politics and Policy
  • Aging and Public Policy
  • Medicare
  • American Politics and Public Policy

George H Pink, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Health Care Finance
  • Hospital Financial Performance

Byron J. Powell

REACH NC Research Profile

  • Implementation Research
  • Quality Improvement
  • Organizational Change
  • Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research
  • Systems Science
  • Behavioral Health
  • Child Welfare

Kristin L. Reiter, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Hospital Pay for Performance
  • Healthcare Financial Management
  • Healthcare Accounting

Cleo Samuel, PhD
  • Cancer care
  • Diffusion of innovations
  • Disparities
  • GIS methods
  • Health information technology (IT)
  • Program implementation and evaluation
  • Quality measurement and improvement
  • Social determinants of health
  • Veterans and military health

Christopher M. Shea, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Adoption and Implementation of Innovations
  • Health Informatics
  • Organizational Behavior and Change
  • Quality Improvement
  • Health Care Organization and Delivery
  • Business Writing

Pam Silberman, JD, DrPH

REACH NC Research Profile

  • Medicaid
  • The Uninsured
  • State Child Health Insurance Program
  • State Health Policy
  • Rural Health

Rebecca Slifkin

REACH NC Research Profile

  • 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
  • Medicare reimbursement issues
  • Impact of ACA implementation

Steven Sloate

REACH NC Research Profile

  • Strategy
  • Governance
  • Marketing and Business Development
  • Public/Private Partnerships
  • Population Health Management
  • Implementation Sciences

Paula Song, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Health care financial management
  • Not-for-profit hospital investment decisions and strategies
  • Business case evaluation
  • Community benefit
  • Patient Centered Outcomes Research
  • Accountable Care Organizations

Sally Stearns, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Cost-effectiveness Analysis
  • Health Service Reimbursement Systems
  • Use of Health Services at the End of Life
  • Applied Statistical Methods

 Angela Stover, PhD


  • Patient-reported outcomes (PROs)/health-related quality of life
  • Psychometrics
  • Questionnaire design
  • Cancer outcomes and care delivery
  • Clinical benefits of using PRO measures (e.g., symptom questionnaires) during routine care delivery
  • Quality measurement and improvement
  • Implementation science
  • Practice facilitation to help community practices implement PROs into routine care
  • Cancer in older adults

Sean Sylvia, PhD
  • Health Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Impact Evaluation
  • Cost Effectiveness Analysis
  • Performance-based Contracts
  • Quality of Care
  • Nutrition
  • Early Childhood Development

Justin Trogdon, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Health economics
  • Cancer outcomes research
  • Econometrics
  • Cost of illness
  • Cost effectiveness analysis

Karl Umble, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Evidence-based public health
  • Public health leadership
  • Public health practice

Morris Weinberger, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Pharmaceutical Care
  • Quality of Care
  • Health Services Research
  • Patient-centered Outcomes Research

Stephanie B. Wheeler, PhD

REACH NC Research Profile
  • Use of mathematical modeling and systems thinking to address complex health services questions
  • Cost-effectiveness in evidence-based medicine
  • Comparative effectiveness research
  • Cancer
  • Sexual/reproductive health
  • Women’s health
  • Elimination of health disparities, both internationally and domestically
  • Social epidemiology
  • Health outcomes measurement
  • Medical decision making

B. Alex White, DDS, DrPH
  • Dental Public Health
  • Access to Dental Care for Children

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