Joanne Spetz, PhD

Institute for Health Policy Studies
School of Medicine
+1 415 502-4443

Joanne Spetz’s research focuses on the economics of health care, with an emphasis on the health care workforce. She has led national and state surveys of registered nurses and nursing schools, evaluations of programs to expand the supply of nurses, research on the effects of health information technologies in hospitals, studies of the relationship between nursing and patient outcomes, analysis of hospital services and organization, and assessments of the effects of minimum nurse staffing regulations on patients and hospitals.

Dr. Spetz served as a consultant to the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Future of Nursing and is a member of the National Commission on VA Nursing. She frequently provides testimony and technical assistance to state and federal agencies and policymakers. Dr. Spetz has taught quantitative research methods for doctoral students and financial management and health economics for master’s students in nursing administration and public health. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University after studying economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.