Alan B. Cohen

Director, Health Care Management Program
Professor of Health Policy and Management

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B.A. University of Rochester
M.S. and Sc.D., Harvard School of Public Health.

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Dr. Cohen is Executive Director of HPI and Professor of Health Policy and Management in the BU School of Management. He also directs the national program office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program. Dr. Cohen has 35 years of experience in health policy, health services research, and program evaluation. His current research interests include evaluation of quality improvement initiatives, cross-national comparisons of health care systems, and evaluation of healthcare informatics tools and information systems.

Dr. Cohen came to HPI in 2003, after serving nine years as Faculty Director of the School of Management’s Health Care MBA Program, where he taught courses in American health policy, technology management, and comparative healthcare systems. Prior to joining BU, he was Research Professor and University Lecturer in the Institute for Health Policy of the Florence Heller Graduate School at Brandeis University, where his research focused on assessing the feasibility of setting national health care expenditure limits. Before that, he served as Vice President for Research and Evaluation at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where he directed staff operations overseeing the design of national program evaluations and several major surveys. He also had management responsibility for programs in the areas of health care financing, state health policy, quality of care, and medical malpractice reform. Previously, he was Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Hospital Finance and Management, and Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. His earlier work as a senior analyst for Urban Systems Research & Engineering, Inc., in Cambridge, MA, involved evaluation studies of federal and state health programs in the areas of health statistics, health planning, Certificate of Need regulation, and health professions training.

Dr. Cohen currently serves on the editorial board of Inquiry; is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance; and in 2010 was the William Evans Visiting Fellow at the University of Otago in New Zealand. He is the principal author of Technology in American Health Care: Policy Directions for Effective Evaluation and Management (University of Michigan Press, 2004)

 

    Dr. Cohen is Executive Director of HPI and Professor of Health Policy and Management in the BU School of Management. He also directs the national program office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program. Dr. Cohen has 35 years of experience in health policy, health services research, and program evaluation. His current research interests include evaluation of quality improvement initiatives, cross-national comparisons of health care systems, and evaluation of healthcare informatics tools and information systems.

    Dr. Cohen came to HPI in 2003, after serving nine years as Faculty Director of the School of Management’s Health Care MBA Program, where he taught courses in American health policy, technology management, and comparative healthcare systems. Prior to joining BU, he was Research Professor and University Lecturer in the Institute for Health Policy of the Florence Heller Graduate School at Brandeis University, where his research focused on assessing the feasibility of setting national health care expenditure limits. Before that, he served as Vice President for Research and Evaluation at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where he directed staff operations overseeing the design of national program evaluations and several major surveys. He also had management responsibility for programs in the areas of health care financing, state health policy, quality of care, and medical malpractice reform. Previously, he was Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Hospital Finance and Management, and Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. His earlier work as a senior analyst for Urban Systems Research & Engineering, Inc., in Cambridge, MA, involved evaluation studies of federal and state health programs in the areas of health statistics, health planning, Certificate of Need regulation, and health professions training.

    Dr. Cohen currently serves on the editorial board of Inquiry; is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance; and in 2010 was the William Evans Visiting Fellow at the University of Otago in New Zealand. He is the principal author of Technology in American Health Care: Policy Directions for Effective Evaluation and Management (University of Michigan Press, 2004)