Muskie School of Public Service

Andrew Coburn

Emeritus Research Professor, Andrew (Andy) Coburn has been with the University of Southern Maine and the Muskie School since 1981 when he joined the Human Services Development Institute as the leader of the Institute’s health services and policy research programs. In 1986 he helped author the University’s plan for the Graduate Program in Public Policy and Management and became a faculty member in the program shortly thereafter. In 1992 he founded the Maine Rural Health Research Center, with funding from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy in DHHS to inform federal policy affecting rural health.

In 1994 he was instrumental in establishing the Muskie School’s second degree program in Health Policy and Management (now the Graduate Program in Public Health). In addition to teaching courses in health policy and health systems, Andy led the development of the Muskie School’s research programs as Associate Dean, Director of health policy and population health programs, and as the Principal Investigator of many large research and demonstration initiatives funded by federal, state, and foundation sources. Andy’s research has focused on health care delivery and financing, especially in the rural health context. He has led national and state-focused studies related to patterns of public and private health insurance coverage for rural populations, Critical Access Hospitals and the Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, rural hospital patient safety, rural long term care, and the impact of public and private health reform on rural health systems. In 2005 he served on the Institute of Medicine’s, Committee on the Future of Rural Health and was given the Distinguished Researcher award by the National Rural Health Association in 2000.