University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center

Division of Health Policy and Management
420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 729
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0392
Phone: 612.624.6151
Fax: 612.624.2196
Website: View center's website

Director: Ira Moscovice, PhD
Deputy Director: Michelle Casey, MS

The University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center has extensive experience conducting policy-relevant rural health research and disseminating research findings to federal and state policymakers. The Center is part of the Division of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.

The Center's mission is to conduct high quality, empirically driven, policy-relevant research that can be disseminated in an effective and timely manner to help shape the delivery and financing of rural health services. Its research projects address key forces that are shaping quality of care and quality improvement in rural areas, including:

  • the use of technology and health professional staffing to improve quality of care and patient safety;
  • quality measurement and public reporting as tools for improving quality;
  • and the provision of financial incentives for improving care.

The Center's research has informed the development of national rural health policy on several major aspects of quality.