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Division of Health Services and Behavioral Research

The Health Services Research division consists of faculty members who conduct research on the organization, financing, delivery, and quality of health care services. Current faculty members have particular expertise in the design of health surveys and the analysis of large datasets.
The research conducted by faculty members in this Division currently focuses on such topics as:
  • Access, alternative organizational models, and quality in women’s primary care.
  • Gender and race/ethnic disparities in access to cardiovascular treatments.
  • Race/ethnic and rural-urban disparities in risks for preterm birth and low birth weight.
  • Race/ethnic disparities in quality of care for cervical cancer.
  • Outcomes and costs of services such as hysterectomy, Caesarean section, and pelvic floor repair procedures.
  • Risk factors for uterine fibroids and treatment options.
  • Patient management of health information.

The faculty members in the Health Services Research division are responsible for one core and two elective courses in the Department’s Master of Science (MS) program. The core course is Health Survey Research Methods and the electives are Quality of Care Management and Health Economics and Economic Evaluation.

Division Chief

Douglas Leslie, Ph.D. Professor, Director of Center for Applied Studies in Health Economics, and Vice Chair for Education

Faculty

Sara A. Baker, M.S.W. Senior Instructor

Tareq (Fabian) Camacho, M.S., M.A. Senior Instructor

Catherine Caruso, M.Ed. Instructor

Elana Farace, Ph.D. Associate Professor

Jonathan Foulds, Ph.D. Professor

Thomas Godfrey, M.D. Assistant Professor

Marianne M. Hillemeier, Ph.D. Professor

John Hustad, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

Wenke Hwang, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Director of Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Program

Farah Kauffman, M.P.H. Instructor

Donna K. Kephart, M.H.A. Senior Instructor

Teresa Kern, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

Kristen H. Kjerulff, Ph.D. Professor and Director of Master of Science in Public Health Sciences (M.S. P.H.S.) Program

Michelle LaClair, M.P.H., B.S. Instructor

Eugene J. Lengerich, V.M.D., M.S. Professor

Guodong Liu, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

Jennifer McCall-Hosenfeld, M.D., M.Sc. Assistant Professor

James F. McKenzie, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.C.H.E.S. Professor

Liza S. Rovniak, Ph.D., M.P.H. Assistant Professor

Alexander Siedschlag, Ph.D. Joint Faculty Professor

Diana Velott, M.P.A., M.S. Instructor

Li Wang, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

Carol S. Weisman, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Public Health Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Health Services and Behavioral Research Support Staff

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