Joanne Spetz, PhD

Healthforce Center at UCSF
Dr. Joanne Spetz

Joanne Spetz, PhD, is faculty at Healthforce Center at UCSF. In addition, Dr. Spetz is director and Brenda and Jeffrey L. Kang Presidential Chair in Healthcare Finance at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS), and professor with the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and the School of Nursing at UCSF. Dr. Spetz’s research focuses on the economics of the health care workforce.

She directs the federally funded UCSF Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care, which generates evidence to ensure an adequate workforce to provide patient-centered care to individuals with long-term care needs across the lifespan. She is an internationally known expert on the nursing workforce, leading studies of nurse supply, demand, education, earnings, and contributions to the quality of care across health care settings.

Dr. Spetz has been a member of the Institute of Medicine Standing Committee on Credentialing Research in Nursing, a consultant to the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Future of Nursing, and a member of the National Commission on VA Nursing. She is an honorary fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She frequently provides testimony and technical assistance to state and federal agencies and policymakers. Her teaching is in the areas of health economics, quantitative research methods, health care financial management, and health economics. In addition to teaching in the Master’s of Science in Health Administration and Interprofessional Leadership and Master’s in Translational Medicine programs, advising graduate students, and lecturing at UCSF and UC Berkeley, she has been involved in the Global Health Workforce Economics Network providing instruction in health workforce economics in international courses.

Dr. Spetz received her doctorate in economics from Stanford University after studying economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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