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Janet Coffman

Associate Professor, UCSF and Co-Director of the Master of Science in Health Policy and Law Program


Dr. Janet Coffman, M.A., M.P.P., Ph.D., is an associate professor at Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, the Healthforce Center, and the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She also serves as the Co-Director of the Master of Science in Health Policy and Law Program with the UCSF/UC Law SF Consortium. Dr. Coffman is a health services researcher who strives to build bridges between academia and policymakers. Her research interests include health care reform, the health care workforce, access to care for vulnerable populations and innovations in management of chronic illnesses. She has published in a wide range of journals, including Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Pediatrics and Psychiatric Services.

Dr. Coffman received a bachelor’s degree in history from Haverford College, a master’s degree in history from Binghamton University and one in Public Policy, and a Ph.D. in Health Services and Policy Analysis from the University of California, Berkeley. She previously worked for the United States Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and the UCSF Center for the Health Professions.

For a full list of Dr. Coffman’s publications and research activities, please visit her UCSF profile.


  • University of California, Berkeley
    PhD, Health Services and Policy Analysis

  • University of California, Berkeley
    M.P.P., Public Policy

  • State University of New York at Binghamton
    M.A., United States History

  • Haverford College
    B.A., History