Department of Health Services, UW School of Public Health
The Department of Health Services at the University of Washington seeks to fill one full-time faculty position in Health Economics as an Associate Professor (WOT* or Tenured) on a-12 month service period, with an anticipated start date in Fall 2019.
The successful candidate will be expected to:
lead and obtain funding for an independent, methodologically rigorous research program that complements Department and University research initiatives
collaborate with scholars across disciplines, outside institutions, and government, healthcare, and community stakeholders
continue to excel in publishing and dissemination, including authoring and co-authoring peer-reviewed journal articles, gray literature, government reports, and/or conference presentations
mentor diverse undergraduate, masters and PhD students in both faculty-directed and student-initiated research projects,
demonstrate high quality teaching in 1-3 courses per year related to health economics in the Department's educational programs (particularly the PhD and MHA programs),
help create and promote a diverse and inclusive environment that contributes to the success of our students, staff, and faculty
serve as a mentor in the Department's junior-faculty development program.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Department of Health Services, and UW School of Public Health, are committed to a diverse academic community. We view diversity, equity and inclusion as essential to our mission, and we welcome applications from faculty who have demonstrated research, training and service experience in this area. For more information, please see the following website: http://www.washington.edu/diversity.
The Department of Health Services (http://depts.washington.edu/hserv/) is a large department (60 faculty and 280 adjunct, affiliate and clinical faculty) with diverse faculty expertise in health promotion, social determinants of health, health economics and policy, health care systems and management, and health informatics. This translates into a broader range of degree offerings and students, as the Department includes professional programs, terminal masters, and a doctoral program. For faculty in health economics especially, the presence of a strong MHA program in the Department in addition to the MPH, PhD, and other degree programs broadens both teaching and research opportunities.
Overall, the School of Public Health is ranked 6th nationally by US News & World Report, our MHA program is ranked 10th nationally, and many of our faculty take advantage of close ties to our outstanding School of Medicine, which is ranked 12th overall and 1st for primary care, and the 4th ranked Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. To highlight a few of the Departmental resources especially key for a successful health economist, the Department has its own high performance computing cluster for data research, access to a range of proven databases, the weekly PHEnOM health economics and outcomes methodology seminar, an in-demand Health Economics concentration within our Health Services PhD program, and strong opportunities for collaboration with colleagues engaged in health economics research, both within the Department and across the School and University. Overall, the UW is ranked 5th nationally among public universities for NIH funding, and much of this involves meaningful collaborations across departments and schools within the university.
The Healthier Washington Initiative and the Medicaid Transformation Demonstration (both led by the Washington State Health Care Authority and funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) offer unique opportunities for policy-relevant research in the domains of provider payment reform, population health improvement, and innovation in health services delivery, management, and organization. The Department has a strong record of success in securing grant and contract funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Institutes of Health, the Patient- Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Commonwealth Fund, the Veterans Health Administration, and other diverse sources of support.
The UW President has also launched the Population Health Initiative to bring faculty across disciplines together to address challenges in human health, social and economic equity and environmental resilience. Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to be affiliated with one or more centers in the Department, including the newly launched Center for Health Innovation and Policy Science, the Latino Center for Health, Health Promotion Research Center, and the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. Significant health economics research also occurs in collaboration with the School of Pharmacy through their Comparative Health Outcomes, Policy and Economics (CHOICE) Institute (formerly the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy program), the School of Medicine's Center for Health Workforce Studies, the Department of Economics, and the university's interdisciplinary West Coast Poverty Center and Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology. Depending on interests and qualifications of the successful candidate, an adjunct appointment may be considered with other UW departments or affiliate institutions.
*WOT denotes positions that do not confer tenure automatically upon appointment to the faculty. WOT faculty members have the same rights, responsibilities, and obligations as tenure-track and tenured faculty members at those ranks. Such a faculty member holds his or her appointment on a continuing basis. WOT faculty are eligible for consideration of tenure contingent upon meeting the department's criteria for tenure, as well as the availability of resources. Tenure in the department is at 50% for a 12 month position.
University of Washington faculty members engage in teaching, research and service. This position is contingent on available funding.
We are seeking individuals with a PhD degree or equivalent terminal degree in health economics or a related discipline, including but not limited to economics, health administration, health services, and operations research. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success in developing an independent, externally funded research program in health economics and a strong track record of peer-reviewed publication. This position offers an exceptional opportunity for candidates with experience and interest in the intersection of health economics with health policy and/or healthcare delivery science, including the effects of policies, programs and interventions (at the federal, state, local, institutional, and payer level) on access to health care and insurance coverage, health outcomes, costs and quality of care. The Department is strongly committed to health equity and welcomes applications from candidates with interests in improving the health of racial and ethnic minorities, immigrant populations, persons with lower socioeconomic status, rural communities, or sexual minorities in the United States, and who can demonstrate a commitment to promoting health equity and the ability to establish and maintain research ties to underserved communities.
Review of applications will begin December 15, 2018. The position is open until filled.
How to Apply
To be considered for this position, please submit the following:
A letter of interest describing your research interests and teaching experience
A one-page diversity statement that describes your potential to contribute to the inclusive excellence and diversity mission of the Department and University in teaching, research, and service
A list of references
If you have any questions please contact:
Holly Bergstrom, Manager of Faculty Human Resources – firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Health Services, University of Washington
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