Health Policy

Peter Damiano

  • Director and Distinguished Research Fellow in Residence
  • Director, Health Policy Research Program
  • Bernstein Professor, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry


Peter Damiano is the director of the University of Iowa Public Policy Center and is a Bernstein professor in the UI Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry. He is a 1986 graduate of the UI College of Dentistry and received his MPH from UCLA while participating in the Robert Wood Johnson Dental Health Services Research Scholars Program. He is a health services researcher studying access to and quality of primary care services, including dental care. He is conducting funded studies in the areas of health care reform, health insurance coverage, health disparities and health care for underserved populations. He is the author of more than 200 journal articles and research monographs and has been principal investigator on more than 75 funded research studies. Through the Public Policy Center he regularly shares research findings with policymakers and the public through talks and symposia to help them understand the nuances of challenging policy issues. He continues to be clinically active, providing dental services to patients in the UI's Faculty Group Practice.

Research Interests

  • Quality of care and performance measurement/assessment of health plans
  • Medicaid, SCHIP and Medicare programs
  • Access to primary care (dental and medical)
  • Maternal and child health issues
  • Dental health services research

Educational Background

  • Certificate, Public Health Service/AHCPR Primary Care Policy Fellowship, 1993
  • Certificate, Robert Wood Johnson Dental Health Services Research Scholar Program, 1990
  • M.P.H., University of California, Los Angeles, 1990
  • D.D.S, University of Iowa, 1986
  • B.S., University of Iowa, 1982