Ellen Kurtzman, Ph.D., MPH, RN, FAAN

Executive Director, Master of Health Administration Program


  • Room 249, Civic Square Building
  • (848) 932-1214 
  • ellen.kurtzman [at] rutgers.edu
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Research Interests
  • impact of federal, state, and institutional policies on health care delivery
  • cannabis use and cannabis policy
  • role of the health care workforce in achieving higher value care
  • team-based care
  • quality of care and the services delivered by nurse practitioners and physician assistants
  • the influence of performance-based payment programs on practitioner behavior.

Ellen Kurtzman is a professor and the Executive Director of Health Administration in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Prior to her arrival at Bloustein, Dr. Kurtzman spent 15 years at The George Washington University with appointments in the Schools of Nursing, Public Health, and Public Policy. Dr. Kurtzman teaches health policy, research, and statistics. Her investigator-initiated research explores the impact of federal, state, and institutional policies on health care delivery and the role of the health care workforce in achieving higher value care.

From 2018-2019, Dr. Kurtzman served as one of eight Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows and worked in the Office of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Office of the Surgeon General. From 2014-2016, Dr. Kurtzman served as the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellow, which placed her “in residence” at NCHS to collaborate with federal researchers. From 2011 to 2012, was an affiliate scholar at the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center and from 2007-2011, she collaborated with scholars at the University of Pennsylvania to build policy support for a model of care for chronically ill elderly, referred to as the Transitional Care Model.

Before joining academia, Dr. Kurtzman served in senior capacities for large health services organizations including the American Red Cross, National Quality Forum (NQF), American Health Care Association, and the National PACE Association.

She received her PhD in public policy and administration from GW’s Trachtenberg School, her MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her BSN from the University of Pennsylvania.

Complete Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

  • Health policy and political processes

  • Health policy

  • Research methods

  • Statistics

Selected Publications

  • Kurtzman, E. T., Ghazal, L. V., Girouard, S., Ma, C., Martin, B., McGee, B. T., Pogue, C. A., Riman, K. A., Root, M. C., Schlak, A. E., Smith, J., Stolldorf, D. P., Townley, J. N., Turi, E., Germack, H. Nursing workforce challenges in the post-pandemic world. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 13(2), 49-60. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2155-8256(22)00061-8
  • Kurtzman, E. T., Greene, J., Begley, R., & Drenkard, K. N. Nurse leaders’ attitudes towards and experiences with medical cannabis. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 13(2), 10-24. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2155-8256(22)00063-1
  • Kurtzman, E. T., & Greene, J. (2021). Is adversity in childhood linked to marijuana use in adulthood?: Findings from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Substance Use and Misuse, 57(2), 273-286. https://doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2021.2002905
  • Kurtzman, E. T., & Young-Wolff, K. C. (2021). Why do Americans use marijuana? Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 226, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108439
  • Kurtzman, E. T., & Barnow, B. S. (2021). Do teams improve the quality of ambulatory care? The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, 44(2), 89–100. https://doi.org/10.1097/JAC.0000000000000372
  • Kurtzman, E. T., & Barnow, B. S. (2017). A comparison of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and primary care physicians’ patterns of practice and quality of care in health centers. Medical Care, 55(6), 615-622. https://doi.org/10.1097/MLR.0000000000000689
  • Kurtzman, E. T., Barnow, B. S., Johnson, J. E., Simmens, S. J., Infeld, D. L., & Mullan, F. (2017). Does the regulatory environment affect nurse practitioners’ patterns of practice or quality of care in health centers? Health Services Research, 52(1pt2), 437-458. https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6773.12643
  • Kurtzman, E. T., & Greene, J. (2016). Effective presentation of health care performance information for consumer decision making: A systematic review. Patient Education and Counseling, 99(1), 36-43. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2015.07.030
  • Greene, J., Kurtzman, E. T., Hibbard, J. H., & Overton, V. (2015). Working under a clinic-level quality incentive: Primary care clinicians’ perceptions. Annals of Family Medicine, 13(3), 235-241. https://doi.org/10.1370/afm.1779
  • Naylor, M. D., Kurtzman, E. T., Grabowski, D. C., Harrington, C., McClellan, M., & Reinhard, S. C. (2012). Unintended consequences of steps to cut readmissions and reform payment may threaten care of vulnerable older adults. Health Affairs, 10-1377. https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2012.0110
  • Naylor, M. D., Aiken, L. H., Kurtzman, E. T., Olds, D. M., & Hirschman, K. B. (2011). The importance of transitional care in achieving health reform. Health Affairs, 30(4), 746-754. https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2011.0041
  • Kurtzman, E. T., O’Leary, D., Sheingold, B. H., Devers, K. J., Dawson, E. M., & Johnson, J. E. (2011). Performance-based payment incentives increase burden and blame for hospital nurses. Health Affairs, 30(2), 211-218. https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2010.0573
  • Needleman, J., Kurtzman, E. T., & Kizer, K. W. (2007). Performance measurement of nursing care: State of the science and the current consensus. Medical Care Research and Review, 64(2 suppl), 10S-43S. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077558707299260

Areas of Expertise: Health Care Quality, Health Care Workforce, Cannabis Use, Health Policy