Center for Health Policy Shifts to Duke Global Health Institute

A new chapter opened in the life of the Center for Health Policy this year as the research center began its transition to a new home within in the Duke Global Health Institute. The change was initiated by the Provost’s office, as part of Duke’s increasing commitment to encouraging interdisciplinary collaborations. A task force identified existing centers, such as CHP, that could become university-wide centers. The Global Health Institute and CHP were a natural match.

“The Center will now be an organization that goes across schools,” said CHP Director Kathyrn Whetten, associate professor of PPS. “Collaborations across disciplines will be easier.”

For PPS students, the change will have little immediate impact. Faculty whose primary appointments are in the public policy department will remain in their offices and continue to teach and oversee student research. Research staff members are moving into Trent Hall near the Medical Center, where the Global Health Institute is located, as space becomes available.

“PPS students can still earn the specialized certificates,” noted CHP Assistant Director Frank Lombard. The Health Policy Certificate with keep it’s focus on domestic and local policy, while Global Health Certificate students will benefit from a broader range of international partnerships.

Frank Sloan launched the Center for Health Policy in 1998 as the Center for Health Policy, Law and Management. Sloan, the McMahon Professor of Health Policy and Management and professor of economics, directed the center through 2004.