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Neil Jay Sehgal

Associate Professor, Health Systems and Population Health
Austin Ross Endowed Chair In Health Administration, Health Systems and Population Health


Research Interests

COVID-19, health disparities, the healthcare workforce, health care outcomes, the delivery system, and health information technology.


Neil J. Sehgal, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Health Systems and Population Health and Director of the Master in Health Administration graduate programs at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Neil has a background in both health services and clinical research, clinical validation, biomedical and research ethics, health management and policy, and organizational behavior, with extensive research experience at UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and the NIH. His research interests include the impact of partisanship and race on COVID-19 incidence and mortality, sociodemographic correlates to healthcare outcomes, gender and race based disparities in salary and promotion of healthcare workers, the use of large datasets to study patient safety and the quality of health care delivery, validating emerging health technologies, and understanding how innovation is translated into clinical practice. As a doctoral student, Neil studied the emergence of accountable care organizations and continues to be interested in how alternative organizational structures impact access to and availability of health services.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Washington Neil was an Assistant Professor in Health Policy and Management at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, senior research scientist at the UCSF Center for Digital Health Innovation, associate director of research for the UCSF-Samsung Digital Health Innovation Lab, health policy lead for the UCSF-Cisco Comprehensive Health Interoperability Platform collaboration, and a medical effectiveness policy analysis lead for the California Health Benefits Review Program. Prior to his doctoral studies, Neil was the Data Access and Confidentiality Manager for the California Health Interview Survey and a project director in the UCLA Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology and the UCSF Division of Hospital Medicine.

Neil holds a PhD from UC Berkeley, where he studied health services organizations and was a founding graduate research fellow of the Center for Healthcare Organizational and Innovation Research, and holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles.


PhD Health Services, Policy Analysis, University of California (Berkeley), 2015
MPH Health Policy and Management, University of California (Los Angeles), 2005

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