The Michigan State University Institute for Health Policy is a unit within the College of Human Medicine (MSU CHM), Division of Public Health. The Institute serves a unique role facilitating and supporting collaborative relationships among CHM faculty and researchers throughout campus. These collaborative activities inform policymakers, state agencies and others with a goal of improving health care delivery in Michigan.

The mission of the Institute for Health Policy is to improve the health status of Michigan residents through health services research, policy analysis, education and outreach and support of quality improvement activities.


  • Kathleen Oberst, RN, PhD is the Acting Director and leads the Health Services Research unit
  • Dennis Paradis, MPH provides leadership for the Health Policy unit
  • Debra Darling, RN, BSN serves as Interim Director of the QI area



  • Works closely with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Michigan Medicaid managed care plans, professional organizations, and community-based agencies on collaborative projects to improve health care delivery in Michigan;
  • Supports and conducts health research and analysis by MSU faculty on issues of quality of care, access to care, health disparities, and other topics impacting Medicaid, the underserved, and other populations;
  • Conducts health policy analyses to assist decision makers at state, local, and national levels;
  • Provides quality improvement technical assistance and support to Michigan Medicaid managed care plans and the Michigan Medicaid program; and
  • Offers workshops, educational seminars, and web-based education for various audiences and participates in educational functions offered by other MSU colleges and organizations.


  • November 15th, 2018
    Delta Dental
    4100 Okemos Rd
    Okemos, Mi 48864

  • February 21st, 2019
    MSU Federal Credit Union Community Room
    4825 Mt Hope Road
    East Lansing MI 48823

  • May 9th, 2019
    The Samaritan Center
    555 Conner St #2210
    Detroit, MI 48213

  • August 15th, 2019
    Albert & Woods Professional Development and Business Center
    1 Germania Platz
    Saginaw, MI 48602