Health Policy

Brad Wright

  • Associate Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, UI College of Public Health
  • Researcher, Health Policy Research Program


Brad Wright joined the Department of Health Management and Policy in the University of Iowa College of Public Health in 2012. He holds a Ph.D. in health policy and management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.S. in health policy from George Washington University, and a B.S. in biology from the University of Georgia. He also completed an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded postdoctoral fellowship in health services research at Brown University. His research interests include access to care for vulnerable populations, the health care delivery system, and health politics and policy. Within those broad areas, he focuses on safety-net and primary care providers, health reform, and patient participation in health care.

Wright has studied the nation’s federally-qualified health centers extensively. His current work, funded by the Retirement Research Foundation, explores whether receiving care at a federally-qualified health center reduces ambulatory care sensitive hospitalizations and emergency department visits among Medicaid-Medicare dual eligibles. He is also the principal investigator of studies to assess the capacity of Iowa’s health centers and rural health clinics, and determine how health centers and local health departments can collaborate more effectively to improve population health. A separate line of research examines Medicare beneficiaries’ use of hospital-based observation care.

Wright’s research has been published in Health Affairs, Medical Care, Health Services Research, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, the Journal of Rural Health, and the American Journal of Public Health.

Research Interests

  • Health and health care disparities
  • Politics and policy
  • Federally-qualified health centers
  • Underserved populations
  • Primary care
  • Observation and emergency medicine
  • Outcomes research
  • Public involvement in health care

Educational Background

  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Brown University, 2012
  • Ph.D., Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
  • M.S., Health Policy, George Washington University, 2006
  • B.S., Biology, University of Georgia, 2003