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The Health Policy and Administration (HPA) Division consistently contributes to the public health dialogue; serving as advisors to, or principal investigators on projects that serve population health locally, nationally, and globally. The relevant and high quality research conducted by our faculty reflects their diverse background. Major research areas include the AIDS epidemic in developing countries; health disparities among underserved and minority populations in Chicago; the impact of health insurance provision; and policies to address the obesity epidemic.

Featured News on Faculty Researchers

Lisa Powell, Division Director and Professor, is the principle investigator of the Illinois Prevention Research Center (PRC). The Illinois PRC is supported by the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Illinois PRC conducts research to promote health, especially behaviors that improve physical activity and nutrition or reduce tobacco use. They work with communities to increase physical activity by improving access to the built environment and use of neighborhood parks; and collaborate in national networks to identify gaps in research and develop innovative approaches to improving public health that can be shared broadly with public health partners.

Dr. Powell presented recently to Prime Minister Browne of Antigua and Barbuda and his Cabinet on fiscal policy options to reduce sugary drink consumption during a recent visit.

Jamie Chriqui, Professor and MPH Program Co-Director, was recently named the UIC Distinguished Researcher of the Year Award. The purpose of the Researcher and Scholar of the Year Award is to recognize and celebrate the efforts and commitment of those individuals who are advancing knowledge in their area of research and scholarship.  These individuals inspire and promote continued excellence at UIC. The Distinguished Researcher award is given to a UIC researcher who has demonstrated outstanding research achievements in their field of expertise. Read more about this honor here: tp:// 

In the last year, Professor Chriqui appointed to the Community Preventive Services Task Force by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This task force was established in 1996 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to identify population health interventions that are scientifically proven to save lives, increase lifespans, and improve quality of life. She was also featured in an article about her vision to bridge practices of Urban Planning and Public Health on a project funded by the National Cancer Institute. Read about it here: 

Anthony Lo Sasso, Professor and PhD Program Director, was interviewed by Chicago Tonight regarding the proposed American Health Care Act and the implications it will have to states regarding Medicaid cuts.
"States will have the ability to come up with creative ways to best engineer insurance programs for their low-income populations..." CHICAGO TONIGHT: Cook County Warns About Obamacare Repeal:  


Jun Ma, Professor, has been elected to the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. The Academy is the honorary senior scientist society for those whose research exists at the interface of behavior and medicine. Election to this society is reserved for those with national and international behavioral medicine research excellence, and Dr. Ma joins the other eminent senior investigators in this field, all of whom have been elected to membership through a highly selective process. 

Frank Chaloupka , Research Faculty and Director of UIC Health Policy Center, is the Principal Investigator on an $8 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. The award is to accelerate the development of effective tobacco tax systems in low- and middle-income countries. As a new core partner, UIC joins six other global health organizations in the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, a nearly $1 billion program to reduce the worldwide demand for tobacco through comprehensive, evidence-based policy reform and public awareness campaigns. This announcement was broke by Crain's Chicago. More information about this grant and Professor Chaloupka's initiatives can be found here: and


Pierre Leger, Associate Professor,  presented his current research on “Geographic Variations in Medical Care” (co-author: Robert Town, UT Austin), at the IO Fest Conference co-hosted by University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin at Madison and Northwestern University, University of Chicago on November 12, 2016. Dr. Leger's presented his work on “Physician Practice Style and Healthcare Costs: Evidence from Emergency Department” (co-authors, Gautam Gowrisankaran and Keith Joiner, University of Arizona), at the Health Economics Workshop (HEW), Harris School, University of Chicago, February 24, 2017 and at the Economics Seminar, Center for Business and Public Policy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March 14, 2017.

Edward Mensah, Associate Professor and PHI Program Director/Founder, presented last week at the CDC Center for Global Health Guyana I-LEAD visit. Professor Mensah was acknowledged for his leadership and strategic vision that will potentially change how national-level health information systems are going to be funded and maintained more sustainably in Guyana.

Kee Chan, Clinical Assistant Professor and Online MPH Co-Director, has been selected as a Spring 2017 Teaching Scholar by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching-Learning Communities (TLC).  The vision of the TLC is to promote and develop the growth of faculty as teachers of UIC’s diverse student body, strengthening UIC’s culture of faculty commitment to student success. Professor Chan is the second HPA faculty member to join this prestigious community.  Professor Jamie Chriqui joined the UIC TLC Scholars in Spring 2016. Learn more about this community here:








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