Office Closure due to COVID-19

To help limit the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), our office will remain closed, but our terrific staff are still working remotely and can be reached during work hours by email or by contacting our main office at
Cancellation Updates:
  • We have cancelled our CHPR Wednesday Seminar Series at 12 noon from now through June.
  • We will no longer be offering the Principles and Methods of CER course (CLH 210Y) this spring. 

Our staff will continue to work on projects and submit new grant proposals. Virtual project meetings will be held as needed. 

We appreciate your understanding during this very challenging time and hope that you and your loved ones stay healthy.

The Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR) is a UC Davis funded Center that facilitates research, promotes education, and informs policy about health and healthcare through interdisciplinary and collaborative research and training. Our faculty members represent a broad spectrum of disciplines from UC Davis and other public and private organizations.

Designated as an organized research unit by the University of California’s Board of Regents in 1994, we support investigators pursuing original research and translating findings to support evidence-based policy making.

Under the leadership of Joy Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H., we support innovative research and education in comparative effectiveness, health disparities, and cost and quality of care.  Our work informs health policy in local, state, federal, and international policy arenas as well as the UC Davis community.

Our primary objectives are to:

  1. Develop and support interdisciplinary and collaborative research projects related to our mission;
  2. Promote education and career development for scholars with interest in health services and health policy research
  3. Engage in the synthesis, interpretation, and dissemination of research findings that assist healthcare policy formulation and improve health services and outcomes.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to facilitate research, promote education, and inform policy about health and healthcare.

The goals of this mission are to improve the health of the public by contributing new knowledge about access, delivery, cost, quality, and outcomes related to healthcare.

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Facilitate Research

We support and facilitate interdisciplinary research collaborations to improve healthcare and public health.

Promote Education

We provide training and career development for scholars interested in health outcomes and health policy research.

Inform Policy

We synthesize, interpret, and disseminate research findings that inform health policies and improve delivery of health services.

Our Services

We are a valuable resource to researchers who need assistance in grant development, project implementation and management, or financial administration.
Our members work with our experienced teams to move research projects through all phases, from proposal to final reporting, and everything in-between.

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Grants Development

Our team is familiar with public and private funding agency requirements, and can navigate the maze of paperwork and online submission materials that typically accompany calls for proposals.

Public Deliberation

Our research activities inform policy by integrating evidence-based information into state and federal policy discussions and guidelines.

Project and Financial Management

Our project and financial managers are familiar with the requirements of health services related research and work with investigators and stakeholders to oversee skilled teams of research staff to keep projects on track and on budget.