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Established in 2014, the Division of Health Policy engages teams of highly collaborative scholars and physicians who are leaders in their respective fields, enabling research that is innovative across a broad range of health policy areas. The Division’s interdisciplinary faculty are experts in fields as wide-ranging as behavioral economics, food policy, health economics, and the use of advanced health data analytics to improve health care delivery. Many faculty members serve as advisors to federal, state, and international organizations. 

The Division of Health Policy is globally distinguished by both the expertise of its faculty and its innovative academic programs. The world-renowned Penn Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) has its home within the division, conducting groundbreaking research in the application of behavioral economics to health care. Leveraging unparalleled expertise in this area, CHIBE faculty design, implement, and evaluate behavioral economic interventions to improve patient health behaviors, chronic disease management, and physician payment models.

The Division contains a mixture of faculty from the Perelman School of Medicine and from across the University of Pennsylvania. These faculty create a unique interdisciplinary research environment and  are supporting the first online Master’s program at the University of Pennsylvania.  The Masters of Health Care Innovation is part of a full complement of online educational offerings within the Division, allowing health care professionals from across the globe to engage with internationally-recognized faculty to lead high-impact health care innovation.

Accomplishments of our Division

•             The Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics in the Division of Health Policy is arguably the premier research center on behavioral economics in health care worldwide and has generated population health solutions now in wide-scale deployment by entities such as CVS, General Electric, Hawaii Medical Services Association, and Humana. 

•             With support from the National Institutes of Health, affiliated faculty developed Way to Health, an extensively tested, customizable, and secure software platform for conducting behavioral intervention studies that have now involved participants in 45 states.

•             Faculty in the Division have successfully competed for more than $50 million in funding for innovative research and conducted studies in a wide variety of clinical, employer, and health plan contexts involving millions of patients nationally.