Rachel Werner and Judy Shea Named MSHP Co-Directors

Rachel Werner and Judy Shea Named MSHP Co-Directors

Two-Year Penn Research Program Trains Clinical Scholars

Rachel Werner and Judy Shea have been named co-directors of the University of Pennsylvania's Masters of Science in Health Policy Research (MSHP) Program, according to an announcement by Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) Executive Director Dan Polsky who chaired the search committee.

Werner and Shea, both faculty members at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, assume the position vacated earlier this month when Judith Long, MSHP Program Director since 2010, stepped down to become the Chief of Perelman's General Internal Medicine Division (DGIM) in the Department of Medicine.

Multidisciplinary focus
The MSHP program is based in Perelman in close collaboration with both LDI and the Department of Health Care Management at the Wharton School. The program is also closely affiliated with the Annenberg School for Communication, and the Penn Schools of Policy and Practice, Arts and Sciences, Nursing and Law.

The two-year training program leads to a Master of Science degree in health policy research, the discipline that studies the organization, management, financing, and delivery of health care and the social forces that shape health in the US and the world.

Clinical scholars' curriculum
Health policy researchers are intrinsically multidisciplinary, using tools from a wide range of scientific disciplines to gain insight into complex health care challenges. Typical applicants will be physicians completing residency or fellowship training who are interested in applying methods in health policy and health services research in academic, government, community, and industry settings.

Werner, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief for Research in the Perelman School's Division of General Internal Medicine; an Associate Professor of Health Care Management in the Wharton School; an LDI Senior Fellow; Core Investigator with the Veterans Administration Health Services Research and Development Service's (HSR&D) Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP); and an internal medicine physician at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

Shea, PhD, is a Professor of Medicine in DGIM; an LDI Senior Fellow; and from 2013 to 2015 served as DGIM's Interim Chief, Associate Dean of Medical Education Research and Director of the Office of Evaluation and Assessment in the Academic Programs Office.