Joanne Spetz, PhD

Director, Institute for Health Policy Studies
School of Medicine
490 Illinois Street, #73G
San Francisco, CA 94158
Joanne Spetz
Education and Training

Massachusetts Institute of Technology,Cambridge, MA, S.B. - 1990 Economics

Stanford University,Stanford, CA, M.A. - 1993 Economics

Stanford University,Stanford, CA, Ph.D. - 1996 Economics

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,Princeton, NJ 2011 Strategic Communications

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,Online 2013 Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA) training

U.S. Bureau of the Census,Online 2019 Special Sworn Status

University of California,San Francisco, CA 2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

Awards and Honors

Honorary Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2011

Best Abstract Award, Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues, AcademyHealth, 2013

Excellence in Education Writing Award, Nursing Outlook, 2016

Mentorship Award, Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues, AcademyHealth, 2016

Best of Annual Research Meeting, AcademyHealth, 2017

Excellent in Nursing Education Award, Nursing Outlook, 2020

Outstanding Journal Reviewer, Health Services Research (HSR), 2020

Outstanding Journal Reviewer, Health Services Research (HSR), 2021
Joanne Spetz is Director and Brenda and Jeffrey L. Kang Presidential Chair in Health Care Financing at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS), University of California San Francisco. IHPS is a 50-year-old organization that conducts innovative research to support, guide, and enable policymakers, communities, and clinicians in making evidence-informed decisions that improve health and health care for individuals and families.

Dr. Spetz’s research focuses on the economics of the health care workforce, organization of health care services, and quality of health care. She directs the federally funded UCSF Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care, which generates evidence to ensure an adequate workforce to provide patient-centered care to individuals with long-term care needs across the lifespan. She is an internationally known expert on the nursing workforce, leading studies of nurse supply, demand, education, earnings, and contributions to the quality of care across healthcare settings. Her current research includes serving as the co-Principal Investigator for the National Dementia Workforce Study, and leading a study of the nurse practitioners and midwives in California.

Dr. Spetz has expertise in the analysis of large secondary datasets, mixed-methods evaluation research, survey research, and econometric analysis. She teaches health economics and finance in the UCSF-UC Berkeley Master’s in Translational Medicine program and developed courses as a founding faculty member of the UCSF-UC Hastings Master’s in Health Policy and Law and the UCSF Master’s in Health Administration and Interprofessional Leadership (MS-HAIL) programs.

Dr. Spetz is an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She received a Mentorship Award from the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues of AcademyHealth. She was a member of the National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine Committee on Consideration of Generational Issues in Workforce Management and Employment Practices and the Institute of Medicine Standing Committee on Credentialing Research in Nursing. She frequently provides testimony and technical assistance to state and federal agencies and policymakers. In her down time, she enjoys outdoor activities, knitting, travel, and spending time with her family (including three cats).