Milken Institute School of Public Health
Meet the Lead Researchers
The Mullan Institute consists of researchers from the Milken Institute School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, School of Business, Graduate School of Education & Human Development, and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. The group represents an array of disciplines, including economics; anthropology; health services research; and education; as well as the professional perspectives of medicine; nursing; physician assistants; and pharmacists.
Patricia (Polly) Pittman, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University. Dr. Pittman holds a secondary appointment in the School of Nursing. She is the director of the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity, the Health Workforce Policy Research Center, and the Equity in Health Professions Education Research Center. Dr. Pittman teaches and focuses her research on health workforce policy. Her recent focus is on workforce innovations in the context of system change. She has provided research support for the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing and with support from the MacArthur Foundation, has led a series of studies examining the recruitment of foreign-educated health professionals to the U.S.