Katy Kozhimannil
Office Address:
D374 Mayo
Mailing Address:

420 Delaware St SE
MMC 729 Mayo
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Katy B. Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA

Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Division of Health Policy & Management


Director, Rural Health Research Center
Director, Rural Health Program


PhD, Health Policy, Harvard University, 2009
MPA, Policy and Administration, Princeton University, 2003
BA, Spanish and International Relations, University of Minnesota, 1999


Dr. Kozhimannil conducts research to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policy that impacts health care delivery, quality, and outcomes during critical times in the lifecourse, including pregnancy and childbirth. The goal of her scholarly work is to contribute to the evidence base for clinical and policy strategies to advance racial, gender, and geographic equity and to collaborate with stakeholders in making policy change to address social determinants and structural injustice in order to facilitate improved health and well-being.

Dr. Kozhimannil’s research, published in major journals such as Science, the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Health Affairs, American Journal of Public Health, Medical Care, and the American Journal of Managed Care, has been widely cited. Media coverage of her research, including feature stories by the New York Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, and the Huffington Post, has generated dialogue, interest and policy action at local, state, and national levels. In addition to conducting research, Dr. Kozhimannil teaches courses that build skills for effective engagement in the policy process, and works extensively with community organizations and state and federal policy makers on efforts to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities, starting at birth.


Health care policy, maternal and child health, rural health, health care quality, policy evaluation, health equity.

Awards and Recognition

  • Outstanding Service Award, National Indian Health Board (2023)
  • Aaka Pande and Sumit Majumdar Memorial Award, Harvard University Department of Population Medicine (2022)
  • Outstanding Educator Award, National Rural Health Association (2022)
  • Thank a Teacher Award, University of Minnesota Center for Educational Innovation (2021)
  • Heinz Award for Public Policy, Heinz Family Foundation (2020)
  • Carol Weisman and Gary Chase Gender Based Award for top abstract in Women’s Health at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (2018)
  • 2016 HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year Award, from AHRQ and AcademyHealth (2017)
  • Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award, AcademyHeatlh, 2016
  • Labelle Lectureship in Health Services Research, international recognition of an emerging health services researcher with an inter-disciplinary approach to research, McMaster University, 2015
  • Public Health Impact Award, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, 2015
  • Health Affairs Top 15 Most-Read Articles in 2013 “Cesarean Delivery Rates Vary 10-fold Among US Hospitals; Reducing Variation May Address Quality and Cost Issues,” 2014
  • Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, 2013
  • University of Minnesota Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advocacy Multicultural Research Award, 2011

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