Health Policy

Peter Damiano

  • Director, Public Policy Center
  • Director, Health Policy Research Program
  • Professor, Preventive and Community Dentistry


Peter Damiano is the Director of the Public Policy Center (PPC) and Professor, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry at the University of Iowa. He started the health policy research program at the PPC in 1990 and has been Director of the Center since July 2007. He is a health services researcher who investigates issues relating to access to care, quality, cost and outcomes of care. Dr. Damiano has authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and research monographs and has been the principal investigator on over 50 research studies funded by federal, state and Foundation sources. He is a former staff intern in the US Senate, a Robert Wood Johnson Dental Health Services Research Scholar and HRSA Primary Care Policy Fellow. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry (DDS) and UCLA School of Public Health (MPH).

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