The Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research is a hub for multidisciplinary and translational research focused on improving population health.
Since its 1985 founding by Dr. David Mechanic, the Institute has become nationally renowned for meaningful and impactful work in this essential area of research. Under the leadership of Director Dr. Tobias Gerhard, the Institute continues to build on this legacy while preserving the multidisciplinary structure and dynamic that makes it truly unique.
The Institute fosters rigorous theory-based research and innovative training, and supports collaborative opportunities for investigators across New Jersey and beyond. The Institute is focused on advancing the translation of knowledge to impact policy and practice, with an emphasis on sustainable engagement and reciprocal relationships with community partners in order to better understand the ubiquitous issues that affect health outcomes.
Looking to the future with a new five-year strategic plan beginning in 2020, the Institute is embracing population health more comprehensively, actively addressing salient and timely challenges in the areas of health equity, healthy aging, behavioral health, pharmacoepidemiology, health services and health policy research.
Ignite reciprocal and sustainable partnerships with diverse communities to serve as the platform for synergistic collaboration by establishing a strong infrastructure and foundation.
Build on the strengths of Rutgers University to conduct rigorous scientific research to improve population health by focusing on interconnected and cutting-edge sciences.
Translate knowledge to support health care systems in serving the needs of diverse populations regionally and beyond by informing linguistically and culturally appropriate evidence-based clinical care and community services.
Educate and disseminate novel resources to patients, families, communities, and policy makers to improve health and well-being of diverse populations.
Catalyze synergy in rigorous and interdisciplinary collaborative research to expand state, federal and philanthropic funding on population health sciences.
Foster innovative training and development programs for Rutgers students, staff, and faculty who are interested in population health issues, and prepare the next generation of leaders to shape our world.