Muskie School of Public Service

Andrew Coburn

Research Professor, Public Health

Office Location

Wishcamper Center


(207) 780-4435

Academic Degrees

  • Brandeis University, PhD, 1981
  • Harvard University, EdM, 1975
  • Brown University, AB, 1972


Dr. Coburn has had a long-standing commitment to the application of health services research in policy decision making. For over 25 years, he and his colleagues at the Muskie School's Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy have worked with the Medicaid programs in Maine and other states on a variety of collaborative research, evaluation, and policy development initiatives. Coburn has conducted research on the impact of nursing home case mix payment, home and community-based waiver programs, and Medicaid physician payment changes.

A national expert on rural health, Coburn is the founding director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center, one of seven national centers funded by the federal Office of Rural Health Policy (HRSA). He is a member of the Rural Policy Research Institute's Expert Health Panel, has served on the Institute of Medicine's Committee on the Future of Rural Health Care, and has testified many times in Washington on rural health issues.

He earned his master of education from the Harvard University, and holds a doctorate in social policy from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

Areas of Expertise

Health insurance, rural health, patient safety and quality, and Medicaid policy

Recent Publications

Tupper, J., Gray, C., Pearson, K., and Coburn, A. (2015) Safety of rural nursing home-to-emergency department transfers: improving communication and patient informationsharing across settings, Journal for Healthcare Quality Vol. 37, No. 1, pp. 55–65.

Talbot, J.A., Coburn, A.F., Ziller, E., & Croll, Z. (2013) Rural considerations in establishing network adequacy standards for qualified health plans in state health insurance exchanges. Journal of Rural Health Vol 29 (3):327-335.

Ziller, E.C., Lenardson, J.D., & Coburn, A.F. (2012). Health care access and use among the rural uninsured. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 23(3), 1327-1345.

Ziller, E.C., Anderson, N.J., & Coburn, A.F. (2010). Access to rural mental health services: Service use and out-of-pocket costs. Journal of Rural Health, 26(3), 214-24.

Deatrick, D., & Coburn, A.F. (2009). Guiding action and measuring results: A health system's use of "America's Health Rankings™. In United Health Foundation America's Health Rankings: A call to action for individuals and communities. (pp. 101-103). New York, NY: United Health Foundation.

Klingner, J., Moscovice, I., Tupper, J., Coburn, A., & Wakefield, M. (2009). Implementing patient safety initiatives in rural hospitals. Journal of Rural Health, 25(4), 352-357.

McBride, T.D., Coburn, A.F., MacKinney, A.C., Mueller, K.J., Slikfin, R.T., & Wakefield, M.K. (2008). Bridging health research and policy: Effective dissemination strategies. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 14(2), 150-154.

Mueller, K., McBride, T., Coburn, A.F., Slifkin, R.T., Wakefield, M., & MacKinney, A.C. (2008). Bridging health research and policy: Effective dissemination strategies. In Hussein, A. (Ed.), Rural Health: Innovative Practices.  India: ICFAI University Press.

Tupper, J., Coburn, A., Loux, S., Moscovice, I., Klingner, J., & Wakefield, M. (2008, Jul). Strategies for improving patient safety in small rural hospitals. In Henriksen, K., Battles, J.B., Keyes, M.A., & Grady, M.L. (Editors), Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches. Vol. 2. Culture and Redesign. (pp. 303-313). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Loux, S., Coleman, R., Ralston, M., & Coburn, A. (2008, Jul). Consolidated imaging: Implementing a regional health information exchange system for radiology in Southern Maine. In Henriksen, K., Battles, J.B., Keyes, M.A., & Grady, M.L. (Editors), Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches. Vol. 4. Technology and Medication Safety. (pp. 43-54). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality.

Ziller, E., Coburn, A, Anderson, N. and Loux, S. (2008). Uninsured Rural Families, Journal of Rural Health, 24(1), 1-11.

Thomas, J. W., Nalli, G. and Coburn, A. (2007). What We Know and Don’t Know About Tiered Provider Networks, Journal of Health Care Finance 33(4), 56-67.

Ziller, E. C., Coburn, A. F., & Yousefian, A. E. (2006, Nov/Dec.). Out-of-pocket health spending and the rural underinsured.  Health Affairs, 25(6), 1688-1699.

Casey, M., Wakefield, M., Coburn, A. F., Moscovice, I., & Loux, S. (2006, December). Prioritizing patient safety interventions in small rural hospitals.  Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety , 32(12), 693-702.

Coburn, A. F., Loux, S. L., & Bolda, E. J. (2006). Rural hospitals and long-term care: The challenges of diversification and integration strategies. In R. T. Goins, & J. A. Krout (Eds.), Service delivery to rural older adults: Research, policy, and practice. (pp. 103-122). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co.