The Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR) accomplishes its mission to facilitate research, promote education, and inform policy about health and healthcare through interdisciplinary and collaborative research and training. Our faculty members represent a broad spectrum of disciplines from UC Davis and other public and private organizations.

Designated as an organized research unit by the University of California’s Board of Regents in 1992, CHPR supports investigators pursuing original research and translating findings to support evidence-based policy making.

Under the leadership of Joy Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H., CHPR supports innovative research and education in comparative effectiveness, health disparities, and cost and quality of care.  CHPR’s work informs health policy in local, state, federal, and international policy arenas as well as the UC Davis community.


The primary objectives of CHPR are to:

  1. Develop and support interdisciplinary and collaborative research projects related to our mission;
  2. Promote education and career development for scholars with interest in health services and health policy research; and
  3. Engage in the synthesis, interpretation, and dissemination of research findings that assist healthcare policy formulation and improve health services and outcomes.



Center for Healthcare
Policy and Research

2103 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA, 95817 | Get Directions


Phone: 916-734-2818