Research Programs

Other Penn Centers of Healthcare-Related Research

Research Centers

LDI Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (LDI CHIBE)

CHIBE, the largest research center of its kind in the US, provides an academic home for basic and applied research in behavioral economics. CHIBE applies behavioral economic principles to a broad array of health-related contexts, including health benefits design, patients’ and physicians’ decisions to use medical technologies and medications, the  prevention and management of chronic illnesses, and end-of-life care choices. CHIBE regularly partners with a mix of private and public sector entities to influence improvements in health policy and the delivery of health care. 

Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) 

CPHI is a university-wide center founded in 2007. The Center’s mission is to improve health and quality of life by expanding and strengthening public health education, research, and practice; fostering cross-disciplinary collaborations; and promoting meaningful community/academic partnerships. CPHI is the organizational home and academic base for Penn’s multi-disciplinary, inter-school Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program, one of the first accredited, multi-school MPH programs in the US. 

School of Medicine

Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB)

Since 1993, CCEB has linked clinical epidemiologists and biostatisticians across Penn’s health system. It provides consultation on issues of study design and statistical analysis, facilitates collaborative research involving clinicians, biostatisticians, and non-clinician epidemiologists, and provides training in biostatistics and epidemiology. It houses the Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) program, which has produced more than 550 clinicians trained to conduct formal epidemiologic studies and has prepared them for academic research careers.

Center for Healthcare Improvement & Patient Safety (CHIPS)

CHIPS works closely with leadership within Penn’s health system to design and evaluate interventions targeting quality improvement and patient safety.  CHIPS also supports training pathways for medical residents and fellows, linking them with structured curriculum in the science of quality improvement and mentors in quality improvement and patient safety.

Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research (CMHPSR)

CMHPSR consists of a multidisciplinary group of faculty and staff who research the organization, financing, and delivery of mental health care and provides consultation and technical support to government and provider agencies that formulate relevant policy or deliver care. It is designed to link research and evaluation findings to policy decisions, and to the delivery and implementation of services.

Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy

The Department houses the Penn Master of Bioethics (MBE) program, one of the leading graduate programs in bioethics in the world. It also hosts the new Master of Science in Medical Ethics degree, designed to train the next generation of 
bioethics faculty in both conceptual and empirical bioethics research. The Department also participates in a four-year curriculum on ethics and professionalism in the Perelman School of Medicine. Empirical, interdisciplinary research is a mainstay of the Department’s activities.

Division of General Internal Medicine (DGIM)

DGIM faculty have training and research expertise in clinical epidemiology, decision sciences, health services research, biostatistics, and the conduct of multi-center clinical trials. It houses the Health Services Research Unit, a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, economists, and statisticians. The Division, along with the Department of Pediatrics, codirects a HRSA-funded Primary Care Physician-Scientist Fellowship Program. This two-year postdoctoral fellowship produces academic generalist physicians trained in clinical epidemiology or evaluation sciences. Over the past 25 years, the DGIM has provided postdoctoral training to more than 100 physicians, most of whom pursue academic careers.

Master of Science in Health Policy Research

The Master of Science in Health Policy Research program trains investigators in health services and policy research and prepares them for successful careers in academics, government, non-profit, and industry. Health policy research 
investigates the clinical, public health, economic, and societal impact of health care and health policy. Health policy researchers are intrinsically multidisciplinary, using tools from a wide range of scientific disciplines to gain insight into the complex challenges facing health care.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

This program provides training in health policy and community-relevant research to physicians who are committed to improving health and health care in the US. The core of the training experience includes coursework and a thesis leading 
to a Master of Science in Health Policy Research.

National Clinician Scholars Program

The National Clinician Scholars Program offers unique clinical and community-based research training through intensive mentorship for clinicians as change agents driving policy-relevant research and partnerships to improve health and healthcare.

School of Nursing

Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR)

Since 1989, CHOPR has conducted research and offered research training that focuses on the outcomes of health care and health workforce policy. The Center draws together faculty, students, and pre- and post-doctoral fellows from nursing, sociology, demography, medicine, management, economics, and other related disciplines. With collaborators from around the world, Center researchers study domestic and international health system reorganization and policy changes and aim to produce evidence to improve the quality of health care.

Center for Integrative Science in Aging

The Center for Integrative Science in Aging (CISA) was established in 1998 as the Center for Gerontological Nursing Science. Since its inception, the Center has been dedicated to facilitating state-of-the-science aging research, education, and practice. Since 2001 CISA has been partially supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation as a Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence (HCGNE). The overall mission of the Center for Integrative Science in Aging is to build integrative science addressing common and complex problems associated with aging - such as cognitive and functional decline, injury, pain, sleep, and sensory deficits – that hinder older adults from living independently, coping with illness, and maintaining quality of life.

Center for Health Equity Research (CHER)

The Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) supports the belief that everyone should have a fair opportunity to attain her or his full health potential; no one should be at a disadvantage to achieve this potential; and all individuals should have equal access to available care for equal need, equal utilization for equal need, and equal quality of care for all (Whitehead, 1992). The center's focus on health equity is compatible with desire to promote health disparity research. Health disparities are unequal opportunities to be healthy associated with membership in less privileged social groups.

New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health

The mission of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health is to generate, disseminate and translate advances in science related to nursing’s and other health professionals' influence on transitions in health among these individuals and their family caregivers.

Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing

The Barbara Bates Center for The Study of the History of Nursing at Penn Nursing is the preeminent center for scholarship in nursing history. The mission of the Bates Center is to ensure the generation of historical knowledge, scholarship, and research on healthcare and nursing history in the U.S. and across the globe.

Biobehavioral Research Center (BRC)

The mission of the Biobehavioral Research Center (BRC) is to advance knowledge about the interaction of biological and behavioral factors in the promotion of health. To accomplish this mission, we collaborate as a community of interdisciplinary scholars involved in scientific inquiry and professional mentoring.

Center for Global Women's Health

The Center for Global Women's Health (CGWH) is an interdisciplinary collection of faculty and students who collaborate on women’s health scholarship, education, and clinical practice relevant to global issues. Faculty practice and programs of research use a health equity framework with a focus on social justice.

Wharton School

PhD program in Health Care Management and Economics

This program combines intensive training in health care systems and health services research with advanced training in a traditional business discipline. Faculty members engage in a broad range of research related to health care management, economics, and policy. Major areas of research include: the impact of insurance status on medical expenditure and reported health status; potential sources of disparities in cardiovascular care; adoption and diffusion of medical innovations; effects of pharmaceutical safety events on stock prices; programs for reducing losses from natural disasters and providing funds for recovery following catastrophic events; and biopharmaceutical product variety and innovation.

Wharton/Penn Risk and Insurance Program

This program promotes interdisciplinary research on empirical, theoretical, domestic, and global topics in the risk/insurance field. Topics of interest include corporate, government, and household risk management; property/casualty risk and insurance; health and longevity risk management; pensions, life, and health insurance; the management and financing of extreme events, and legal/regulatory aspects of risk and insurance.


This center seeks strategic partnerships with health care companies and offers corporate members access to applied research, customized executive education programs, and assistance with recruiting within the Wharton Health Care MBA program.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP)

CIRP promotes the safety and health of children, adolescents, and young adults through comprehensive research resulting in practical tools to reduce injury and promote recovery. To turn “research into action,” CIRP focuses on several research priorities, including: Child Road Traffic Safety, Young Driver Safety, Pediatric Biomechanics, Strengthening Communities to Prevent Injury and Promote Health, and Post-injury Care and Recovery. It also hosts the Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS), a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. Through CChIPS, researchers from CHOP, Penn and The Ohio State University work with industry members to conduct translational research that is practical to industry. The CChIPS method applies the science of biomechanical epidemiology to the analysis of automotive crash-related data.

Center for Outcomes Research (COR)

COR aims to improve health outcomes for children and adults, using tools from health services research.  COR also teaches and mentors faculty, residents and students interested in health services research.  COR works closely with other researchers and centers at Penn, including the Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Perelman School of Medicine, Departments of Statistics and Health Care Management at the Wharton School, CCEB, and LDI.

The Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness (CPCE)

CPCE’s mission is to discover and spread knowledge about best practices in pediatric disease by facilitating, organizing and centralizing the performance of clinical effectiveness research, the mentoring of fellows and faculty in clinical effectiveness research, and the dissemination and implementation of research findings. CPCE partners with other groups at CHOP to implement best practices to improve the quality of care delivered to children in the Children’s Hospital healthcare network.

PolicyLab: Center to Bridge Research, Practice, and Policy

PolicyLab is committed to transforming “evidence to action,” to achieve optimal child health and well-being. It bridges the gap between academic communities and the real world by engaging in research that is both responsive to community needs and relevant to policy priorities. This approach requires that PolicyLab projects involve investigators, practitioners, policymakers, and families throughout the research process, from design to dissemination.

Veterans Affairs (VA)

VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP)

Since 2001, the VA CHERP has promoted quality and equity in health and health care for veterans and other vulnerable populations. It is a cross-state collaboration between the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, the University of Pittsburgh, the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and Penn. CHERP research contributions include interventions in disparities in joint replacement, diabetes, hypertension control, and mental illness. CHERP investigators also lead national initiatives to improve palliative care in all VA facilities, and to evaluate and improve the VA’s Patient Aligned Care Team model.