The mission of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies’ (The Center) is to improve the capacity of the nursing and larger health care workforces to provide healthcare that is safe, effective, efficient, accessible, equitable, and timely.  The Center achieves this mission by: 

1. Generating and disseminating information about the size, composition, and roles of nurses and others that is needed by policymakers, nursing leaders, researchers and other stakeholders

2. Convening individuals and organizations, policymakers, nursing leaders, researchers and other stakeholders to address problems facing the nursing workforce. 

3. Conducting research on important problems facing the nursing and larger health workforce to inform policy makers, employers, nurses, and various stakeholders.



The Center invites the policy-making community, both public and private, in local, state, and national forums to learn about the results of our research, education and practice initiatives. The Center engages with policy leaders and professionals to help facilitate discussions around workforce issues, collect data, and help to solve problems facing the health workforce.  It is our aim to provide consistent, reliable, and unbiased information that can be used as part of larger initiatives and discussions to improve and sustain the local, state, regional, and national health workforces.


Research Programs

The Center conducts research on the healthcare workforce specifically focused on addressing issues of health workforce supply, workforce education and training requirements, changes in the demographic composition of the health workforce, workforce demand, economic and employment trends and forecasts, and alternative models of care.

Examples of research questions of interest to the Center include:

  • How should and how can we develop and deploy the health care workforce for the 21st century?
  • What set of skills will be needed, by whom, and how will we teach and prepare doctors, nurses and other clinicians for the future?
  • Do the trends and dynamics of the current health care workforce align with the demands of transformed care involving integrated practice, coordinated care, and efficient delivery systems?
  • How do we get current and future nurses, doctors, administrators, and the myriad of workers to work together more effectively in organizations that provide health care?
  • What forces are driving supply and demand for the health care workforce?