About us

The Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (PRL-IHPS) contributes to the solution of complex and challenging health policy problems through leadership in research, training, technical assistance, and public service. Our special competence lies in translating research across disciplines and fields to inform health policy. We undertake this work with a commitment to improve health and health care within local, state, national, and international communities and with a focus on improving the health of vulnerable populations.

PRL-IHPS is the first interdisciplinary health policy research group to be part of a major health sciences campus. Established in 1972 as the Health Policy Program

Philip R. Lee
Philip R. Lee, MD

by Philip R. Lee, MD, with a small group of faculty members whose backgrounds were in medicine, pharmacology, ethics, and law, the Program grew rapidly. In 1981, the Board of Regents of the University of California established the Institute for Health Policy Studies as an organized research unit within the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

The Institute’s Directors have been: Philip R. Lee (1972-1993); Harold Luft, PhD (1993-2008); Claire Brindis, DrPH (2008 – 2020) Joanne Spetz (2020 - present)


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