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Program in Health Economics, Management, and Policy
Director and Professor Emeritus of Economics: Richard J. Arnould

The Program in Health Economics, Management, and Policy (PHEMP) was organized to respond to issues and problems facing one of the largest, most complex, and most controversial sectors in the United States: the health care and health-related industries. PHEMP's mission is to foster the development of interdisciplinary research, teaching, and service programs related to health economics and finance, health care management, and health care policy formulation and evaluation.

  • Teaching. The PHEMP teaching program mobilizes health-related, expertise of faculty from units across campus to provide comprehensive training in health economics and health care management, financing, and policy.
  • Research. The PHEMP research program is designed to contribute to the development and analysis of health care policy. Current research is concentrated in the areas of incentives for delivery and consumption of health care services, structure of health care providers, and access to health care in rural areas.
  • Service. PHEMP disseminates the results of applied research through publications, a working paper series, and through conferences and symposia involving industry representatives and policy makers.


PHEMP is the coordinating unit for a campuswide effort to develop and implement an interdisciplinary research and training program focusing on health care delivery and financing. The Campus Health Initiative provides the infrastructure necessary to support cooperative, in-depth research and teaching on a broad array of health care-related management, policy, and financing issues. The initiative builds on the existing resources, interests, and expertise of the cooperating units, including ongoing teaching and research programs in such areas as insurance reform, health care financing, environmental health, maternal and child health, health management, women's health, rural health care delivery, and the role of technology in medicine, as well as clinical programs in medicine and nursing. A major objective of the initiative is to focus on issues of interest to the government, business community, and citizens of the state of Illinois.

Five broad topic areas have been identified to serve as the basis for the teaching and research agenda of the Campus Health Initiative.

  • Federalism, including policy/political, fiscal, and constitutional dimensions
  • Health Care Financing and the Organization of Health Care Delivery Systems
  • Long Term Care for the Elderly and Medicaid
  • Law and Health Policy
  • Evaluation and Outcomes

Campus Health Initiative Cooperating Units

  • College of Business
  • School of Social Work
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Applied Life Studies and Department of Community Health
  • Medical Scholars Program
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Law
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of Medicine
  • Institute of Government and Public Affairs

For more information about the Program in Health Economics, Management, and Policy and the Campus Health Initiative, contact the director at the address below:

Richard J. Arnould, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Director
College of Business
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
317A David Kinley Hall
1206 South Sixth Street
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Phone: 217/244-6437
Fax: 217/333-7410
E-mail: rarnould@illinois.edu

This page last updated 10-22-08
Questions? Contact Linda Kelley
College of Business, Office of Research
430 Wohlers Hall
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1206 South Sixth Street
Champaign, IL 61820