Matthew D McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH, RN, CRNP, FAAN
The Rosemarie Greco Term Endowed Associate Professorship in Advocacy; Associate Professor of Nursing; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 379 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 746-0205
Matthew D. McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH, CRNP, RN, FAAN is a nursing outcomes and policy researcher. He is a 2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar and Associate Director of Penn’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. He is also a Fellow in interdisciplinary collaborative research centers at Penn including the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, the Center for Public Health Initiatives, the Institute on Aging, the Institute on Urban Research, and the Population Studies Center. Dr. McHugh is a family nurse practitioner and psychiatric–mental health clinical nurse specialist. He received his his ASN and BSN in nursing from Gwynedd-Mercy College, his MSN and PhD in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, a master of public health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a juris doctor degree from the Northeastern University School of Law. Dr. McHugh was a Fulbright Scholar with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe in Denmark. He completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in nursing outcomes research at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. McHugh teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in health policy and outcomes research. He is the Faculty Director of Penn’s Coordinated Dual-Degree Program in Nursing and Health Care Management in the School of Nursing and the Wharton School. He teaches the capstone course—Nursing 400: Advances in Health Systems Research and Analysis—for dual-degree students. He is the Faculty Advisor for the Health Care Management minor in the School of Nursing. Dr. McHugh also mentors undergraduate and graduate students interested in health outcomes and policy research
The fundamental question underlying Dr. McHugh’s program of research is “How does the organization of nursing influence the achievement of our most important national health policy goals?” Dr. McHugh draws on his expertise in nursing, law, public health, and health services research to conduct studies demonstrating nursing’s position as a force for quality, equity, and innovation in health services. His work has advanced the field of nursing outcomes and policy research by showing the value of investing in nursing as a vehicle to achieve a higher functioning health care system. He has recently completed an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded study evaluating the impact of a California law mandating minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals. He is now funded by the National Institute on Aging and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to carry out research that would help explain root causes of racial and ethnic disparities in outcomes based on where people live, where they get hospital care, and differences in quality in the hospitals where they receive care. He has also conducted a series of studies evaluating how the organization of nursing affects policy initiatives and outcomes central to health reform. Dr. McHugh was instrumental in Penn’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Graduate Nurse Education (GNE) Demonstration Project— a $40 million Demonstration project that Penn received under the Affordable Care Act, which will provide reimbursement through the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (one of only five hospitals) for the reasonable cost of clinical training for advanced practice registered nursing students. His research has influenced policy and practice nationally, particularly around nurse staffing legislation, Magnet hospital credentialing, and hospital performance monitoring.
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Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research
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