Historic Foundations

IHPI’s goals and priorities and its future as an institute are founded upon the substantial accomplishments in health services research and health policy that have distinguished the University of Michigan’s history over the last two centuries. 

While health services research itself has only relatively recently been recognized as a distinct discipline, U-M has been making landmark contributions in scholarship and training that have had a profound impact on how healthcare is organized, managed, financed, and delivered, long before the term "HSR," came into prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Likewise, the majority of U-M’s most significant contributions toward advancing this field predate — and profoundly influence — the work of our institute. 

Discover more in this interactive timeline of important milestones in health services research, health policy, and health professional education compiled from across the university and IHPI’s local partners.