The Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS) at The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration has been a leader for over 75 years in research and education in health policy and services. CHAS engages an interdisciplinary and international group of health policy and services researchers on topics of health policy innovation and reform, health and social service integration, health access, cost and quality, behavioral health, global health, and preventive intervention. We are the experts in health policy and service effectiveness for the disadvantaged.
An intentionally interdisciplinary center located in a graduate school of social work is a unique institutional form that both exploits and enriches the values and orientation of the University of Chicago. CHAS has explored new questions, identified knowledge gaps, sought to enhance the translation of research-to-practice, and identified opportunities for collaborations within and outside the University of Chicago. Our programs support faculty research, research dissemination and translation, student learning, and engage researchers, scholars, policy makers, and practitioners.
“Building on the rich tradition of policy and services that contribute to major initiatives to improve health care for the disadvantaged – including the Affordable Care Act – CHAS continues to explore new questions, identify knowledge gaps and promote the translation of research to policy and practice to the end of promoting health care for all.”
Jeanne C. Marsh, CHAS Director
Previous studies have shown a positive correlation between consulting relationships and utilization of various medical technology products. Such data has led many to believe that financial conflicts of interest lead to bias in utilization by physicians. Nevertheless,...
The Smart Decarceration Initiative (SDI) is a collaborative effort to end mass incarceration, co-directed by CHAS Fellow Matthew Epperson and Washington University in St. Louis's Carrie Pettus-Davis. Specifically SDI works at: advancing innovations in policy and...
As it stands, Catholic hospitals make up a growing share of health service providers in the United States. While professional ethics guidelines encourage timely referrals for services that may be denied by a provider for religious reasons, referral practices in...