Bryan Dowd, PhD

Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management

Bryan Dowd

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-5468

Office Address:
15-215 Phillips-Wangensteen Building

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St SE
MMC 729 Mayo
Minneapolis, MN 55455

PhD, Public Policy Analysis, University of Pennsylvania, 1982

MS, Urban Administration, Georgia State University, 1976

BA, Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1972


I specialize in economic and statistical modeling, and data analysis. My research focuses on the financing and delivery of health insurance, and health care services. 


Management & economics, methods, health policy analysis, health economics 

Awards & Recognition

  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health


Research Funding Grants

  • 2016–2017, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, "Assist the State of Minnesota with Analysis of a Tiered Clinic Cost-sharing Health Insurance Benefit Design," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2017, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, "MASTER: Advisory and Assistance Services in the Areas of Health Care Financing and Medicare," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2017, National Opinion Research Center, "Next Generation ACO Model Evaluation," Principal Investigator
  • 2015–2018, US Dept of Health and Human Services AHRQ, "UMN National Research Service Award in Health Services Research," Principal Investigator
  • 2012–2018, Medica Research Institute, "The Development of a Collaborative Health Insurance Research Program," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2017, NIH NHLBI, "Diffusion of Clinical Evidence into Practice: Physician Networks, Delivery Organizations, and Markets," Co-Investigator
  • 2016–2017, CDC Nat'l Inst for Occup Safety & Health, "Midwest Center for Occupational Health & Safety Training Grant," Co-Investigator


See a full list of publications on PubMed

Selected Recent Publications

  • Jutkowitz E, Kuntz KM, Dowd B, Gaugler JE, MacLehose RF, Kane RL. "Effects of cognition, function, and behavioral and psychological symptoms on out-of-pocket medical and nursing home expenditures and time spent caregiving for persons with dementia," Alzheimer's & Dementia, Feb 2017
  • Zink T, Kralewski J, Dowd B. "The Transition of Primary Care Group Practices to Next Generation Models: Satisfaction of Staff, Clinicians, and Patients," The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 2017
  • Carlin CS, Fertig AR, Dowd BE. "Affordable Care Act's Mandate Eliminating Contraceptive Cost Sharing Influenced Choices Of Women With Employer Coverage," Health Affairs, Sept 2016
  • Garrido MM, Dowd B, Hebert PL, Maciejewski ML. "Understanding Treatment Effect Terminology in Pain and Symptom Management Research," Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Sept 2016
  • Dowd BE, Swenson T, Parashuram S, Coulam R, Kane R. "PQRS Participation, Inappropriate Utilization of Health Care Services, and Medicare Expenditures," Medical Care Research and Review, Feb 2016


Teaching Areas

I teach health services research methods, health policy, and writing for research within the Division of Health Policy and Management. 


  • PubH 8801, Health Policy
  • PubH 8811, Advanced Research Methods
  • PubH 8830, Writing for Research 


In The News

SPH News

In the Media

  • Readers Write: Health Insurance (Star Tribune)
  • Talk about privilege is best focused on policy (Star Tribune)
  • How a republican idea for reducing Medicare costs could affect you (New York Times)