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  • Health Economist/Senior Health Economist

    Economics is one of the most important “basic sciences” for the development and evaluation of health and healthcare delivery innovation and policy. The Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, a unit of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), invites applications for a mid-career or senior Health Economist to lead the development of its program in health economics.

    Within the broad framework of the strategic plans of RBHS and the Institute for Health, the successful candidate will be free to develop a program of research in any of a number of possible fields of interest including, but not limited to, behavioral economics, economic and social determinants of health, analyses of provider behavior and healthcare markets, healthcare financing, predictive modeling, comparative effectiveness research, and evaluation of health policy and delivery system initiatives.

    The Institute for Health, RBHS, and Rutgers University overall offer a rich collaborative environment for conducting health economics research. Drawing on faculty in economics, other social sciences, health policy, public health, and related fields, Rutgers has exceptional capacity to address the most pressing health and healthcare challenges. Rutgers has considerable strength in the analysis of large, integrated health-related administrative and clinical datasets, national surveys such as the Medicaid Expenditure Panel Survey, and other data. In particular, investigators within the Institute have great depth of expertise and experience in the analysis of Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance data and the application of social science theory and advanced statistical techniques in large data sets. The New Jersey governor recently signed legislation creating the Integrated Population Health Data (iPHD) Project setting the stage for rich new opportunities for analysis of statewide, linked data across multiple health and social services sectors. The Institute is a hub within the University for collaboration in translational policy and comparative effectiveness research.

    RBHS is also home to Rutgers Health Group, New Jersey’s largest multi-specialty medical group that includes the state’s only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, a large behavioral health delivery system, and Robert Wood Johnson Partners, a commercial and Medicare ACO. RBHS also partners with RWJBarnabas Health, the state’s largest healthcare delivery system. Data integration among these units will expand considerably opportunities for advanced health economics studies.

    The incumbent of this position must have advanced training at the doctoral level and experience in health economics with strong theoretical grounding and empirical skills to support the development of a rigorous program of research. A demonstrated record of successfully competing for research grants is essential. The successful candidate will be jointly appointed in the Institute for Health with tenure-track or tenured appointment within an appropriate Rutgers school or department where they will teach and/or mentor students. Salary and rank will be commensurate with academic achievements including funded research and scholarly publication records, as well as other relevant professional experience. Initial support for establishing a strong program of research will be provided with the expectation that the research program will be increasingly supported by extramural funds over time.

    Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research

    Located on the Rutgers campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the Institute for Health was founded in 1985 and is a vibrant, multidisciplinary unit dedicated to scholarly collaboration and research that focuses on critical questions related to healthcare services and policy, population health, aging, and health and mental healthcare. Its core and associate members include 74 outstanding faculty who have generated award-winning scholarship that has influenced fields including medical sociology, economics, health psychology, history of medicine, nursing, public health, psychiatry, global health, social gerontology, health services, medicine, social work, pharmacy, medical ethics, and health policy. Several research centers exist within the Institute including the Center for State Health Policy; Center for the Study of Health Beliefs and Behavior; Center for Health Services Research on Pharmacotherapy, Chronic Disease Management and Outcomes; and Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Treatment Science. Faculty members have held research and training grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other major funding organizations. The Institute for Health has served as home to six faculty elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Faculty are actively involved in mentoring future scholars at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The Institute is housed in a 57,000 square foot state-of-the-art, custom-built academic and research facility located in the heart of New Brunswick, an ethnically diverse and lively city with easy access to public transportation to New York City and Philadelphia.

    Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)

    In July 2013, Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey were integrated into a single consolidated university creating enhanced possibilities for innovative, integrative, interdisciplinary research on biomedical and socio-behavioral health and healthcare. The Institute is formally part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) which is headed by a chancellor reporting directly to the President of Rutgers. In addition to the Institute, RBHS is comprised of the following schools, centers, and institutes: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Jersey Medical School, School of Dental Medicine, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, School of Public Health, School of Health Professions, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Brain Health Institute, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, Institute for Translational Medicine and Science, Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and University Behavioral Health Care. The Institute for Health serves as a central bridge among scholars pursuing health-related social science, humanities, and policy research in the arts and sciences within departments and schools of the greater Rutgers University and with biomedical scientists and practitioners in RBHS units.

    Rutgers University

    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive public research universities. Rutgers’ social sciences, humanities, health professions and life sciences programs are widely recognized for their excellence. The integration of Rutgers and UMDNJ has provided new opportunities for collaborative socio-medical research and translational medicine across and beyond RBHS. The University is home to nationally recognized professional schools including the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy; School of Social Work; School of Public Affairs and Administration; Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, and law schools on the Newark and Camden campuses. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; conducting cutting-edge research that contributes to the social, medical, environmental, and cultural well-being of the state and nation, as well as aiding the economy and the state’s businesses and industries; and performing public service in support of the citizens of the state and solutions for local, national, and global communities. Rutgers’ student body is among the most racially and ethnically diverse in the nation, and the University has a strong and demonstrated commitment to maintaining and increasing diversity within its community of students, faculty, and staff. Rutgers faculty are well represented among the nation’s most prestigious scholarly societies including the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Medicine, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The University is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and Big Ten.

    Application Process

    The Search Committee invites letters of nomination and applications (letter of interest, full curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least five professional references) to be submitted to: R. Alesha Vega, Institute for Health Departmental Administrator at aleshav@ifh.rutgers.edu. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.

    Rutgers University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    Approved June 7, 2017

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