Faculty Highlight – Jim P. Stimpson, PhD, is the founding director of the UNMC Center for Health Policy, a tenured associate professor, and Graduate Program director in the Department of Health Services Research and Administration at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
His disciplinary background is sociology, with specific training and expertise in health policy analysis and evaluation, advanced statistical analyses, and translating empirical research results to stakeholders. The focus of his research is on social influences of population health and inequalities, and he conducts research, primarily, by creatively identifying, linking, and analyzing large, population-based databases. Dr. Stimpson’s research has been funded by numerous organizations, including the National Cancer Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He has published more than 50 journal articles and policy reports, which have appeared in leading journals such as Health Affairs and the American Journal of Public Health. These publications have generated $1 million in media value from over 450 media placements across the country.
Dr. Stimpson currently teaches graduate courses on health policy. Over the years, he has taught 447 students in 26 courses. While at UNMC, he has created several educational programs, including a new concentration in health policy for the Masters in Public Health program and dual degree programs in partnership with UNO (MBA/MPH) and with UNL (JD/MPH). He has acquired several educational grants, the largest related to the Nebraska Health Policy Academy, which aims to help train health departments to better utilize health policy as a public health intervention. With regard to his teaching philosophy, Dr. Stimpson said “Central to my mission as a teacher is that I want students to walk away from my class better able to link personal troubles to public issues using empirical evidence and critical thinking.”
Jim Stimpson, PhD, is an associate professor in the UNMC COPH Department of Health Services Research and Administration and the director of the UNMC COPH Center for Health Policy.