Ira Moscovice, PhD

Mayo Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management

Ira Moscovice

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-8618

Office Address:
15-221 Phillips-Wangensteen Building

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

PhD, Administrative Sciences, Yale University, 1976

MS, Operations Research, Columbia University, 1971

BSEE, Electrical Engineering, City College of New York, 1969


My recent research focuses on how health policy and management has an effect on rural and disadvantaged populations. Recent research projects include assessments of the quality of care provided by rural health professionals and institutions, an analysis of technology diffusion in rural areas, and evaluation of the impact of social determinants of health on the access, cost and quality of rural health.


Rural health, quality of care, hospitals

Awards & Recognition

  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health


Research Funding Grants

  • 2016-2020, US Dept. of Health & Human Services HRSA, “Rural Health Research Grant Program Cooperative Agreement,” Principal Investigator
  • 2015-2018, US Dept. of Health & Human Services HRSA, “Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Evaluation,” Principal Investigator
  • 2015-2018, National Opinion Research Center, “Rural Health Outreach Pilot Tracking and Evaluation,” Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2021, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, "Interdisciplinary Research Leaders," Senior Adviser


Selected Publications

  • Moscovice I, Johnson K, Burstin H. “Performance Measurement in Rural Communities: The Low-volume, Large Measurement Challenge,” The Joint Commission Journal of Quality and Patient Safety
  • Kozhimannil KB, Hung P, Casey MM, Henning-Smith C, Prasad S, Moscovice IS. "Relationship between Hospital Policies for Labor Induction and Cesarean Delivery and Perinatal Care Quality among Rural U.S. Hospitals," Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Nov 2016
  • Hung P, Kozhimannil KB, Casey MM, Moscovice IS. "Why are Obstetric Units in Rural Hospitals Closing Their Doors?" Health Services Research, Jan 2016
  • Kozhimannil KB, Casey MM, Hung P, Prasad S, Moscovice IS. "Location of childbirth for rural women: implications for maternal levels of care," American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, May 2016
  • Casey MM, Moscovice I, Holmes GM, Pink GH, Hung P. "Minimum-distance requirements could harm high-performing critical-access hospitals and rural communities," Health Affairs, April 2015