Alan B. Cohen, Sc.D. is Professor of Health Policy and Management in the School of Management, and national program director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program. At BU since 1994, he directed the School of Management’s Health Care MBA Program for nine years (1994-2003), and the Boston University Health Policy Institute for ten years (2003-2013). His current research interests include: evaluation of quality improvement initiatives; comparative health care systems, and evaluation of healthcare informatics tools and information systems. Earlier in his career, Dr. Cohen held faculty positions at Johns Hopkins University and Brandeis University, and spent eight years at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, serving as Vice President for Research and Evaluation for five years. He is principal author of Technology in American Health Care: Policy Directions for Effective Evaluation and Management (2004), and co-editor of Medicare and Medicaid at 50: America's Entitlement Programs in the Age of Affordable Care (2015). Dr. Cohen is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and an editorial board member of Inquiry and the Journal of Health Organization and Management. He currently serves as a member of the Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). He received his B.A. in psychology from the University of Rochester, and his M.S. and Sc.D. in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
ScD, Harvard University, Health Services Administration, 1983.
MS, Harvard University, Health Policy and Management, 1975.
BA, University of Rochester, Psychology, 1973.
SMG PL425 A1
Introduction to the Health Sector (pilot)
SMG PL430 A1
The U.S. Healthcare System in Transition
RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research Program and RWJF Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (September 1, 2014 - August 31, 2015).
RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research Program and RWJF Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (September 1, 2013 - August 31, 2014).
RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research Program and RWJF Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (September 1, 2012 - August 31, 2013).
Evaluation of Boston Medical Center’s Performance Dashboard, Boston Medical Center. (2010 - December 2012).
RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (September 2011 - August 2012).
Complexity Science and Health Care, BU-Warwick Strategic Funding Initiative. (2010 - 2012).
RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (2010 - 2011).
Examining the Quality and Efficiency of Care in U.S. Safety Net Hospitals, Commonwealth Fund. (2009 - 2010).
Examining Quality, Efficiency and Patient Experience in U.S. Hospitals, Phase 2, Commonwealth Fund. (2007 - 2009).
Health Information Technology and Quality of Care, Commonwealth Fund. (2007 - 2007).
Survey to Assess the Current State and Impact of Quality Improvement Activities in U.S. Hospitals, Commonwealth Fund. (2005 - 2007).
Evaluation of the RWJF Pursuing Perfection Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (2002 - 2006).
Secondary Faculty Lead for new undergraduate concentration in Health & Life Sciences
Attend Steering Committee meetings; advise VP for Research of the University
Screen nominees for election to National Academy and make recommendations to the Board of Directors
Co-chaired 3 meetings of the Strategic Planning Committee of the National Academy in Washington, DC; drafted and edited planning document.
Academic, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. (May 1, 2014 - May 15, 2014).
Review of a joint proposal from UCSF and UC Hastings College of Law to establish a Master of Science Degree in Health Policy and Law
Work with the Center for Organization, Leadership & Management Research of the VA Boston Healthcare System
Assisted in the review of two candidates for professorial rank position in economics within the medical school.
Consultant to the DUQuE (Deepening Our Understanding of Quality Improvement in Europe) Study
Cohen, A., Journal of Public Health, Invited Manuscript Reviewer, International, Academic. (November 24, 2014 - November 24, 2014).
Reviewer for manuscript
Review manuscripts; advise editor
Review manuscripts; advise editor
Member, External Scientific Advisory Group, Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (for West Midlands Region, United Kingdom). (December 1, 2013 - Present).
Member, Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. (April 13, 2013 - Present).
National Program Director, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program. (2013 - Present).
Direct national program office that awards research grants to health policy researchers
Have taught courses on the American healthcare system, technology management in health care, and cross-national comparisons of healthcare systems. In 2014, will teach courses in health sector management and U.S. health care system reform. Also have served on the FPC (5 years) and SMG Management Committee. Member of Markets, Public Policy and Law Department.
Direct national program office for a postdoctoral program that trains economists, political scientists and sociologists in health policy research.
Oversight of HPI activities and projects, including grant proposal writing and research.
Responsibilities included: student recruitment, admissions, retention and advising; curriculum development; course instruction; program planning and management.
Conducted research on the feasibility of setting national healthcare expenditure limits
Directed 15-member staff unit responsible for evaluating the Foundation's national programs and major research projects.
Luminary, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Service, Professional. (October 24, 2012).
Named one of 40 Luminaries in the history of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
A three-week visiting fellowship to lecture to business and medical students, and to conduct research with Otago faculty
Organize and conduct cross-disciplinary faculty retreats on healthcare-related topics, and serve as a member of the BU - Warwick Collaboration Steering Committee
Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary Society (inducted as a faculty member, Boston University chapter, 1998)
Elected a Fellow of the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy (now AcademyHealth)
Who's Who in America, 47th Edition (1992-1993)
First Award, Editorial or Column in a Scholarly Journal, Society of National Association Publications, for "The Emperor's New Clothes: Unraveling the Myths About Rationing" (with Jeffrey C. Merrill), Inquiry (Summer 1987)
Charles F. Wilinsky Award (best dissertation in health services administration), Harvard School of Public Health (1979)
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Fellowship in Health Policy and Management (1973-1974)
National Program Director, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program (1992-present)
National Program Director, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program (2012-present)