About RAND Health

RAND Health is a major research division within the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit institution headquartered in Santa Monica, California. RAND Health's mission is to serve as the world's most trusted source of objective analysis and effective solutions for improving health. We are dedicated to reducing the cost of healthcare while improving the health of individuals, communities, and populations in the U.S. and worldwide.

Our Beginnings

In 1969, RAND used $25,000 of its own funds to establish a Health Sciences Program at a time when policymakers were engaged in a vigorous debate about how health care should be financed. RAND’s early landmark study, the Health Insurance Experiment, remains the largest health policy study in U.S. history, and its central findings remain relevant to current discussions about U.S. health care policy. Today, RAND Health is the largest research division at RAND.

RAND Health Today

RAND Health includes more than 280 experts. We attract the best in their professions—physicians, economists, psychologists, mathematicians, organizational analysts, political scientists, psychometricians, medical sociologists, policy analysts, and statisticians. We also draw on the expertise of the entire RAND staff, who work in areas ranging from international policy and national security to civil justice, public safety, education, and child policy.

Our capabilities are broadened by collaborative relationships with other organizations, including UCLA, the University of Pittsburgh, the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, USC, Tufts University, and Tulane University. About 70 percent of RAND Health research is supported by grants and contracts from the federal government. The remainder comes from professional associations; universities; international, state, and local governments; the private sector; and foundations. Philanthropic donations enable RAND Health to tackle issues at the forefront of the health policy debate.

RAND Health is directed by Jeffrey Wasserman, who in addition to serving as a vice president of RAND and the unit director for Health, leads numerous projects related to national health security, public health entrepreneurship, and the relationship between law and public health emergency preparedness.

More than 270 research studies are currently under way in RAND Health, addressing policy concerns in several areas as well as the scientific basis for improving service delivery, system performance, and organizational effectiveness. Studies are coordinated through three programs and three strategic initiatives.

Many of our projects address current policy concerns, but we also work extensively on the scientific basis for improving service delivery, system performance, and organizational effectiveness. Sponsors of RAND Health's research and technical assistance include government agencies, foundations, and private-sector organizations. RAND Health's advisory board enriches our research agenda by adding their experience, perspective, and expertise. We disseminate our research findings broadly.

RAND Health Centers & Projects

RAND Health has developed specialized research centers, many in partnership with other institutions. One example is the Drug Policy Research Center, a joint endeavor with RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment.

In addition to our specialized research centers, many RAND Health projects also have web pages. These projects are also often in partnership with other institutions.

RAND Health's Commitment to Diversity

At the RAND Corporation, diversity is expressed through our research agenda and activities, our global reach, and in the perspectives and backgrounds of our staff. We believe a broad spectrum of backgrounds and perspectives provides creativity, imagination, and innovative thinking. RAND Health's commitment to diversity includes engaging in research activities that address important social and economic issues affecting health care today.