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Boston University Research Fellow, Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management, School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts

The Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management at Boston University School of Public Health is seeking a full-time (40 hours/week) Research Fellow to support multifaceted analytic research activities focused on Medicaid policy, care delivery models, and equity of care. The position will be supervised by Dr. Megan Cole.

Time will be divided primarily between three research directions. The first will use All Payer Claims Data (APCD) and Electronic Health Record (EHR) data to study how the statewide Massachusetts Medicaid Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model affects quality of care and addresses unmet social needs of patients (e.g., food insecurity, housing insecurity); this focuses on maternal health, mental health, and chronic disease populations. The second uses national data on Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to understand policy-level and organizational drivers of quality of care, access to care, and racial equity of care. The third will use Medicaid claims data, EHR data, and patient survey data to evaluate how an equity-focused telehealth delivery model affects quality of care, utilization of services, patient experience, and equity of care for Medicaid patients served by FQHCs during COVID-19. There will also be opportunity to become a member of the BU Medicaid Policy Lab (MPL), including collaboration on research activities and participation MPL meetings. Finally, there will be dedicated time for the candidate to participate in professional development and mentoring activities that best support the career goals of the candidate.

The primary responsibilities will include statistical programming and analytic data set creation (50%), implementing statistical analyses (15%), supporting manuscript writing and preparation of presentations (20%), supporting project coordination activities (10%), and participating in other research and professional development activities that otherwise advances the candidate’s career (5%).


To apply:

To apply, please email a (1) cover letter and (2) resume or CV. All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Position is availability immediately.

Required Skills

  • Experience working with large health care data sets, including claims data

  • Advanced statistical software and programming skills (Stata or SAS)

  • Experience with regression modeling

  • Strong writing skills

  • Highly organized and detail oriented

  • Self-motivated and able to work well independently, while also working well with teams

  • Ability to balance multiple tasks and efficiently manage time

  • Masters degree (MPH, MS, or equivalent) in health policy, health services research, health economics, epidemiology, biostatistics, statistics, or a related field

Preferred skills:

  • 2-5 years of professional experience in data analysis, data management, statistical programming, or evaluation

  • Interest in Medicaid policy, quality of care, equity of care, and/or safety-net providers

  • Familiarity with diagnostic codes, procedure codes, and/or HEDIS measures

  • Experience with causal inference and/or econometric methods

There is currently a minimum of 12 months of grant funding for this position.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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