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The Mullan Institute is committed to building the research and policy base for more effective and accountable governance of the health workforce. Our central focus is federal and international health workforce issues, in particular the quality of workforce data, and the effectiveness of public and private policies that determine health care education and delivery system practices. These topics include questions about interdisciplinary team composition and roles; the impact of new technologies on the organization of work; the use of provider incentives as a strategy for modifying professional practice; the cost effectiveness of different graduate education models; and the social and geographic inequities in the distribution of the health workforce.
Core Research Projects
The Mullan Institute is home to two of eight HRSA-funded centers that collects, analyzes, and reports data on the health workforce. The Centers’ aim is to produce policy-oriented research that will help inform public policy making at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as at the health system level. Our centers are focused on: 1) equity in health workforce education and training (Equity) and 2) emerging health workforce issues (Policy).
The Mullan Institute contracts with health professions associations to conduct research on specific issues of concern to their membership. To date, studies have been conducted in the areas of social work, hematology, psychology, osteopathic medicine, emergency medicine and palliative care.
The Mullan Institute is engaged in a multi-year study assessing the social mission in nursing education. For the current phase of the study, we will look deeper into nursing education to identify programs and people who have played prominent roles in promoting social mission values.
View a list of completed health workforce related projects led by Institute researchers. Articles and reports associated with the project are included.