Elizabeth Mertz, PhD

Associate Director of Research
Healthforce Center at UCSF
Dr. Elizabeth Mertz

Dr. Elizabeth Mertz is Faculty at Healthforce Center at the University of California, San Francisco, where she has worked since 1997. Her primary appointment is as Assistant Professor at the UCSF School of Dentistry with a joint appointment in the School of Nursing. She is affiliated with the UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CANDO) and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies.

Dr. Mertz’s work covers a broad range of health professions workforce issues, primarily focused on dental care, including supply and demand of providers; health care regulation; state and federal workforce policy; delivery system design and finance; access to care; and evolving professional practice models. She has served on numerous advisory and planning committees for federal and state agencies, as well as nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. 

Dr. Mertz holds a BA from the University of Southern California, an MA from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in medical sociology from the University of California, San Francisco.

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