New endowed professorship to advance scholarship and research in the areas of health care management and health care leadership

Ann Arbor, Mich. March 22, 2018 – Andrew Ryan has been named the first UnitedHealthcare Professor of Health Care Management at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. UnitedHealthcare established this $2.5 million endowed professorship to provide critical support to a selected tenured faculty member by funding both salary and a discretionary fund that allows for the pursuit of innovative health policy research.

As associate professor of health management and policy, Ryan’s research focuses primarily on value-based payment models, or payment structures that incentivize health care providers, such as doctors, hospitals, and health systems, to provide high-quality, affordable care. Specifically, his work aims to better understand how well these programs are working, whether there are specific features that are responsible for their successes and failures, and if certain types of clinicians or provider groups are better positioned to thrive or more likely to struggle under these payment models.

“We are grateful to have UnitedHealthcare as a strong partner and for their investment in this professorship,” said Cathleen Connell, interim dean of Michigan Public Health. “Those who invest with us understand the long view and the echo effect of their gift. By providing funding, UnitedHealthcare is not only creating immediate impact—they are helping build the future of public health.”

“UnitedHealthcare is honored to make a strategic investment in healthcare research and training with a world class institution,” said UnitedHealthcare CEO Steve Nelson, who earned master’s degrees in Business Administration and Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan. “I applaud Professor Ryan on being the first individual to hold this endowed professorship and look forward to his research.”

“Through his work, Ryan embodies the mission of UnitedHealthcare—to help people live healthier lives and to help make the health system work better for everyone,” Connell said.

Ryan is also the co-director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy at the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation and is associate director of the institute’s Data and Methods Hub.

Ryan has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Boston University and a PhD in social policy from Brandeis University.

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About University of Michigan School of Public Health

Ranked among the top public health schools in the country, the University of Michigan School of Public Health educates and trains more than 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students each year, with more than 170 faculty and researchers across six academic departments and numerous collaborative centers and institutes. The school’s interdisciplinary strength lays the groundwork for innovative solutions to complex health challenges, including chronic and infectious diseases, obesity and food insecurity, health care quality and costs, climate change and environmental factors, and socioeconomic inequalities and their impact on health. Compassion, innovation, and inclusion drive Michigan Public Health faculty, staff, students, and alumni to pursue positive change and lasting impact on the health of the world. Learn more at

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at or follow @UHC on Twitter.

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