Institute for Health System Evaluation

Welcome to the Institute for Health System Evaluation (IHSE) 

The Institute for Health System Evaluation (IHSE) advances the University at Albany’s mission for increased community engagement. The new Institute is designed to conduct objective research and analysis to help improve policy and decision making concerning the United States health system and to study various international models. The IHSE focuses on the issues that matter most to Americans and beyond, focusing on public health and the improvement of the health care system, the largest sector of the U.S. economy. The IHSE is a new consortium that creates a natural laboratory for research and evaluation of health system developments in partnership with colleges and universities, regional business, and national and international partners. This novel formal collaboration between academics and business enterprise in the regional health economy will allow for the IHSE and its partners to be more nimble in applying for increasingly competitive grants and contracts from public and private sources, since natural synergies exist between the members of the unit, as well as the fact that established teams are already connected for the translation of research into practice. The IHSE expects to turn a substantial net cash flow from the engagement in serving the needs of industry and population health.

The IHSE is active in research, teaching and service. Activities include: research in the production of scholarly output funded by grants and contracts at the state and federal levels as well as through industrial contracts; education in conducting short courses and serving as an internship and post-doctoral training ground for both practice and academic rotations and in developing programmatic offerings through the School of Public Health at the graduate level; and service in industry consultations and evaluations of system and firm level advances in health care in the northeastern region and beyond, and providing a venue for industry and academia to come together for discussions of current and future health care issues as they relate to the improvement of population health.

The IHSE provides knowledge to the health economy, and through comparative research, for the nation at large and internationally. It will disseminate its research findings as widely as possible to benefit the public good through scholarly output, policy briefings for state and local constituents, and numerous conference and outreach events that will serve scholars, practitioners and the community at large. Currently, the IHSE has grants and contracts from the New York State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and SUNY System Administration.

About the Director, Diane Dewar, PhD

Diane DewarDr. Diane Dewar, IHSE Director, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior, School of Public Health, and the Department of Economics at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Dr. Dewar received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University at Albany, with concentrations in health economics and econometrics. She is a recipient of the William Waters Research Award from the Association of Social Economists, the Aetna Susan B. Anthony Award for Research on Older Women from the Gerontological Section of the American Public Health Association, and is the past president of the Public Health Honor Society, Delta Omega, Alpha Gamma Chapter. She has been a Principal Investigator or co-Investigator on grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her research focuses primarily on how public policy shapes the organization and financing of health services, and how the decisions by persons and providers about health service utilization are then influenced by these policy changes. She has had numerous grants and publications, notably publishing the first undergraduate text in Health Economics for non-economics majors, Essentials of Health Economics, which is now in production in its second edition. She also has another book in press, The Economics of Reform: US and Comparative Perspectives, Routlefge Publishers.


For additional information, please contact Dr. Diane Dewar at or 518-951-5249