Our 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. 

Long before the term "health services research," came into prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s, U-M was making landmark contributions in healthcare research, education and training, policy, and practice that have had a profound impact on how healthcare is organized, managed, financed, and delivered. Likewise, the majority of U-M’s most significant achievements in advancing this field predate — and profoundly influence — the work of our institute. 

In May 2011, the U-M Board of Regents approved the creation of IHPI, recognizing the tremendous potential behind assembling the long-standing health services research and health policy expertise across U-M’s highly-ranked schools and colleges, departments, and centers together into one institute.

In 2012, IHPI established its headquarters at U-M's North Campus Research Complex and moved several hundred researchers and staff to the premises. John Z. Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P., was appointed IHPI’s first director in November 2012. In November 2013, Director Ayanian named the members of the first Leadership Team to help guide IHPI’s goals and priorities.

Learn more about IHPI's history and the long tradition it builds upon through our interactive timeline of important milestones in health services research and policy compiled from across the university and IHPI’s local partners going back to U-M's founding in 1817.