Ellen Kurtzman is a professor 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 (GW) with appointments in the Schools of Nursing, Public Health, and Public Policy. Dr. Kurtzman teaches health systems, health policy, population health, 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. Her most recent work focuses on the influence of states’ changing cannabis policies on health care delivery.
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.
- 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.
- Health policy and political processes