Faculty Advisor: Diana Beck
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Diana Beck is the Assistant Director of Health and Doctoral Programs at NYU Wagner and is the primary administrative advisor for these programs. Previously, Diana was an Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Health and Public Service Research where she worked on several projects relating to performance of the health care delivery system, barriers to access to care, and longitudinal analyses of hospital admissions and emergency department utilization. Diana is also an adjunct professor at the Robert F.Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Academic Advisor: John Billings
Associate Professor of Health Policy and Public Service
John Billings, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Public Service, is the director of Wagner's Health Policy and Management Program. He is principal investigator on numerous projects to assess the performance of the safety net for vulnerable populations and to understand the nature and extent of barriers to optimal health for vulnerable populations. Much of his work has involved analysis of patterns of hospital admission and emergency room visits as a mechanism to evaluate access barriers to outpatient care and to assess the performance of the ambulatory care delivery system. He has also examined the characteristics of high cost Medicaid patients in to help in designing interventions to improve care and outcomes for these patients. Parallel work in the United Kingdom has involved creating an algorithm for the National Health Service to identify patients at risk of future hospital admissions and designing interventions to improve care for these high risk patients. As a founding member of the Foundation for Informed Decision Making, Professor Billings is helping to provide patients with a clearer mechanism for understanding and making informed decisions about a variety of available treatments. Professor Billings received his J.D. from the University of California (Berkeley).