Elizabeth Mertz, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences
School of Dentistry & Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Nursing
+1 415 502-7934

Elizabeth Mertz is an assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco, with a joint appointment in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, School of Dentistry and in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Nursing. She is affiliated with the UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CANDO) and is research faculty at the Center for the Health Professions where she has worked since 1997. Beth has researched, published and lectured on a broad range of health professions workforce policy and analysis issues including; supply and demand of providers, health care regulation, state and federal workforce policy, access to care, and evolving professional practice models. She has served on a number of advisory and planning committees for organizations such as the Health Resources and Services Administration, the California HealthCare Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, the Pacific Center for Special Care and the Institute of Medicine. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry and as the public member of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.

Dr. Mertz is currently the principal investigator on a number of projects including a labor market study of dental hygienists, a survey of alternative practice hygiene, a study of the potential of collaborative practice models in dentistry, and an evaluation of the elimination of adult dental coverage in the California Medicaid program. In addition, she manages an evaluation of the Pharmacy Leadership Institute, and teaches in a number of leadership training and development courses for health care professionals. She holds a BA from the University of Southern California, a MA from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a PhD in medical sociology from the University of California, San Francisco.