Timothy Beebe, PhD

Interim Dean and Mayo Professor, School of Public Health

Timothy Beebe

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-625-6949

Office Address:
Mayo Building, A302

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

PhD, Sociology, University of Minnesota

MA, Applied Social Research, University of Michigan

BA, Psychology and Biology, Bemidji State University


My primary expertise is in the field of survey methodology, where I have a 30-year track record of testing new data collection methods in both general population and physician samples. My other research interests focus on patient-reported outcomes measurement, developing and testing health measures, health care policy, health care access for vulnerable populations, and learning health systems research, a form of health services research that is defined by its embeddedness in health systems.

Prior to joining SPH, I was the chair of the Division of Health Care Policy & Research and Director of the Survey Research Center within the Department of Health Sciences Research at Mayo Clinic as well as the deputy director of research for the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.

I became interim dean of the School of Public Health on February 1, 2022.


Equity, mental health, methods, survey methods, patient reported outcome measurement, health measurement, health care access for vulnerable populations, adolescent health, behavioral health, health insurance

Awards & Recognition

Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health

Professional Associations

  • American Association for Public Opinion Research
  • AcademyHealth


Research Funding Grants

  • "Center for Chronic Disease Reduction and Equity Promotion Across Minnesota (C2DREAM)," NIH/NIMHD, Co-Investigator
  • "Minnesota SARS-CoV-2 Serology Studies," Minnesota Department of Health, Principal Investigator
  • "Unintended Prolonged Opioid Use," NIH/NCATS, Co-Investigator
  • "Clinical and Translational Science Award at the University of Minnesota," NIH/NCATS, Co-Investigator and Co-Director, Community Collaboration Program
  • "Interdisciplinary Population Health Science Training: Linking Multilevel Forces Across Time," NIH/NICHD, Co-Investigator
  • "Minnesota Learning Health System Mentored Career Development Program," AHRQ/PCORI, Principal Investigator
  • "Nursing Facility Rates and Policy," Minnesota Department of Human Services, Principal Investigator


See a full list of my publications (Requires Scopus login)

Key Publications

  • Beebe TJ, Locke GR 3rd, Barnes SA, Davern ME, Anderson KJ. Mixing web and mail methods in a survey of physicians. Health Serv Res. 2007 Jun; 42(3 Pt 1):1219-34. PMID:17489911.
  • James KM, Ziegenfuss JY, Tilburt JC, Harris AM, Beebe TJ. Getting physicians to respond: the impact of incentive type and timing on physician survey response rates. Health Serv Res. 2011 Feb; 46: 232-42. PMID:20880042. PMCID: PMC3034272.
  • Beebe TJ, Ziegenfuss JY, St Sauver JL, Jenkins SM, Haas L, Davern ME, Talley NJ. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) authorization and survey nonresponse bias. Med Care. 2011 Apr; 49(4):365-70. PMID:21368682. PMCID: PMC3179247.
  • Beebe TJ, McAlpine DD, Ziegenfuss JY, Jenkins S, Haas L, Davern ME. Deployment of a mixed-mode data collection strategy does not reduce nonresponse bias in a general population health survey. Health Serv Res. 2012 Aug; 47(4):1739-54.PMID:22250782. PMCID: PMC3330173.
  • Cook DA, Wittich CM, Daniels WL, West CP, Harris AM, Beebe TJ. Incentive and Reminder Strategies to Improve Response Rate for Internet-Based Physician Surveys: A Randomized Experiment. J Med Internet Res 2016;18(9):e244.PMID: 27637296


Academic Interests and Focus

My teaching focuses on survey methods and measurement. In my career, I have been invited to oversee workshops on health survey methods for AcademyHealth, the Society of General Internal Medicine, and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

Teaching Areas

I teach students in the following programs:

  • Health Services Research, Policy, and Administration (PhD and MS)
  • Public Health Administration and Policy


  • PubH 6806, Principles of Public Health Research

Community Engagement

Professional Highlights

  • Member, Social Sciences and Population Studies Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 2017 - present
  • Member, Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016-present
  • Member, Methods Council, AcademyHealth, 2015-present
  • Editor, Study Design Section, BMC Medical Research Methodology, 2011-2018
  • Adjunct Professor of Health Services Research, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, 2016-present
  • Research Affiliate, Department of Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic