Collaborating Centers and Programs

The Institute is built upon a rich history of health services research, exemplified in dozens of pre-existing and emerging University of Michigan centers and programs working toward the common goal of tackling today's most challenging healthcare topics. IHPI provides the venue and convening resources to bring these groups together to accelerate knowledge and improvements in the quality, safety, equity and affordability of healthcare.     


Acute Care Research Unit (ACRU)  

A group of investigators based at the University of Michigan and at a number of other institutions researching ways to improve Access, Costs, Utilization, Transitions and Effectiveness through multidisciplinary health services research across the acute care continuum.   

Cancer Surveillance & Outcomes Research Team (CANSORT)  

An interdisciplinary group of investigators based at the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor VA Center for Clinical Management Research studying the quality of cancer care across the continuum of care from prevention to survivorship.   

Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM)   

The center aims to be the premier intellectual gathering place of clinicians, social scientists, bioethicists, and all others interested in using empirical social science methods to improve individual and societal health.    

Center for Evaluating Health Reform (CEHR)

The Center for Evaluating Health Reform is charged with advancing our knowledge of health system reform through improving the process of academic research. 

Center for Clinical Outcomes Development and Application (CODA)   

Housed within the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, CODA experts offer consultation to evaluate and develop new health outcomes measures using state-of-the-art methods, and inform the creation and refinement of interventions to improve the health-related quality of life.   

Center for Eye Policy & Innovation (CEPI)   

The work at the University of Michigan Center for Eye Policy and Innovation spans many areas of health services research in ophthalmology. They work with collaborators from across the U-M and beyond, using an interdisciplinary approach to address some of the most pressing issues facing patients and the delivery of eye care. 

Center for Health Communications Research (CHCR)   

CHCR integrates behavioral science, technology, and art to create and research health interventions that inspire informed health decisions, broaden access to health information, and advance the field of health communications. 

Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety (CHEPS)   

Established within the College of Engineering and incorporating health services researchers from engineering, medicine, nursing, public health and other U-M schools and colleges, the mission of CHEPS is to improve the safety and quality of healthcare delivery through a multi-disciplinary, systems engineering-based approach.  

Center for Healthcare Outcomes & Policy (CHOP)  

A consortium of more than 100 faculty and staff, including clinician scientists, economists, biostatisticians, epidemiologists and other social scientists from the U-M Medical School and School of Public Health aiming to improve the efficiency of healthcare in the United States, by optimizing clinical practice and informing health policy.   

Center for Improving Patient and Population Health (CIPPH)   

The center works to address the most vexing problems faced by patients and vulnerable populations including cancer care, critical care, and chronic conditions. Projects at CIPPH use a nursing lens to help transform health outcomes for individual patients and populations through discovery, intervention development, and implementation studies.

Center for Managing Chronic Disease (CMCD)

The center comprises the work of a large, diverse, multidisciplinary group of researchers and program specialists who study chronic disease prevention and management, and disseminate proven interventions to help change policy and practice.    

Center for Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID) 

Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID) is built on the principle of lowering or removing financial barriers to essential, high-value clinical services.  This center promotes the development, implementation, and evaluation of insurance benefit programs that incorporate value-based insurance design principles.   

Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Center  

A multidisciplinary health services research unit, based in the Division of General Pediatrics, that brings together faculty from multiple pediatric subspecialty disciplines, other departments from the school of medicine and across the University of Michigan to address the most pressing child health issues of the day.  

Dow Division for Urologic Health Services Research  

A division of the Department of Urology at the University of Michigan training leaders in the field through a federally funded fellowship program—the first of its kind in urology—to tackle the spectrum of challenges facing patients with urological diseases in the 21st century.   

Injury Prevention Center  

One of nine Injury Control Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Faculty across many disciplines, with regional education and public health partners, and in close coordination with the CDC, generate and share new findings to prevent injury through innovative research, translating research into practice, and providing support for developing injury policy. 

Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (KECC) 

KECC promotes health, improves clinical practice and patient outcomes, optimizes resource utilization, and informs public policy regarding organ failure and organ transplantation through high quality research, advances in biostatistics, and post-graduate education and training.  

Michigan Comprehensive Hand Center for Innovation Research (M-CHOIR)

The Michigan Center for Hand Outcomes and Innovation Research (M-CHOIR) is the research arm of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Hand and Upper Extremity Center. M-CHOIR performs a wide array of clinical and health services research. Primary methodologies include decision analyses, large database studies, and clinical trials.

Mental Health Innovation, Services and Outcomes Program (MHISO)  

The Program for Mental Health Innovation, Services and Outcomes (MHISO) at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry is composed of a collaborative team of faculty members conducting high-impact health services research. MHISO’s mission is to optimize the care and outcomes of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions by identifying and promoting successful practices within health systems, developing and testing innovative health services interventions, and informing policy relevant to implementing evidence-based practices.  MHISO operates in close partnership with the VA Center for Clinical Management Research (CCMR) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and many MHISO faculty also have appointments with VA CCMR.  

Michigan Integrated Center for Health Analytics and Medical Prediction  (MiCHAMP)  

MiCHAMP is a multidisciplinary research collaborative harnessing existing national, regional and local healthcare data to develop medical prediction models that address complex clinical problems. Through rich interactions with data science methodologists, informaticians, and clinical researchers, investigative teams aim to transform patient care to improve quality and decrease healthcare costs. 

Multicenter Perioperative Outcomes Group (MPOG)   

Based at the University of Michigan, MPOG is a non-profit academic consortium of more than 50 medical centers aggregating large volumes of inpatient electronic health record (EHR) data, patient reported outcomes, and long term administrative outcomes to improve patient care by developing the necessary policies, procedures, and technical infrastructure required for multicenter perioperative outcomes research. 

Patient Safety Enhancement Program (PSEP)   

This Ann Arbor VA Medical Center/University of Michigan program aims to improve the quality of patient care by conducting research that focuses on methods of avoiding or preventing adverse patient outcomes or injuries that stem from the processes of healthcare.  

Program on Women's Healthcare Effectiveness Research (PWHER)   

Faculty members working in this Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology program conduct diverse health services research and mentor junior faculty, fellows, residents and medical students to evaluate quality, access, and cost of reproductive healthcare.  

Quality Improvement for Complex Chronic Conditions (QUICCC) 

QUICCC researchers develop and evaluate new interventions that improve care for chronically ill patients with an emphasis on identifying services that support effective primary care and patient self-management.