About RAND Health Care

RAND researchers Sangeeta Ahluwalia and Sarah MacCarthy participate in a panel for RAND's Summer Associate Program.

RAND researchers Sangeeta Ahluwalia and Sarah MacCarthy participate in a panel for RAND's Summer Associate Program.

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Who We Are

RAND Health Care is a research division of the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis.

Our Mission

RAND Health Care promotes healthier societies by improving health care systems in the United States and other countries. We provide health care decisionmakers, practitioners, and the public with actionable, rigorous, objective evidence to support their most complex decisions.

Our Capabilities

RAND Health Care possesses broad, deep, and longstanding expertise in health policy areas and key methodologies.

Key policy areas include:

  • Health insurance costs and coverage
  • Health care prices
  • The opioid epidemic
  • Infectious disease, with a recent focus on the COVID-19 epidemic
  • Women’s and children’s health
  • Mental health care
  • Health care delivery, including the recent surge in telemedicine
  • The U.S. caregiving system
  • Quality of care: measurement and improvement

Areas of methodological research include quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods, such as:

  • Microsimulation modeling
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Policy and program evaluation
  • Survey and focus group research
  • Conducting and evaluating clinical trials

Our Clients

RAND Health Care helps local, state, and national governments throughout the world identify health system policy challenges, develop and evaluate options to address them, implement needed change, and evaluate their effects. We also conduct research for foundations, nongovernmental organizations, private businesses, professional associations, and community groups. We work collaboratively with clients and research partners to enhance their capabilities and decisionmaking capacity. Support from generous donors allows RAND Health Care to pursue innovative research on issues that reach beyond the boundaries of traditional client funding.

RAND Health Advisory Board

The RAND Health board consists of distinguished experts with varied backgrounds. Members include clinicians, health system managers, health care financing specialists, health communication experts, CEOs of nonprofit health organizations, health policy scholars, and others. For 30 years, the board has advised RAND Health Care leadership on the conduct of health research: helping to set the research agenda, identify key policy areas for greater investment, and offering guidance on how best to disseminate RAND health work and assess its impact.

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Our Staff


Our Experts

Complex health care policy questions must be tackled from multiple perspectives. We draw on the expertise of our interdisciplinary teams, who integrate their diverse skills to focus on critical health care policy issues. Our staff includes more than 200 experts from more than a dozen disciplines. We attract the best in their professions—physicians, economists, psychologists, mathematicians, organizational analysts, political scientists, psychometricians, medical sociologists, policy analysts, and statisticians.

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