The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), BA – Economics
Vanderbilt University, Ph.D. – Health Policy
The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Post-doc – Public Health/Social Work
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Post-doc – Health Services Research


Dr. Howard’s research interests include the examination of epidemiologic patterns of health outcomes that disproportionately affect African Americans; minority health and health disparities; health policy and health services as evidenced by numerous scientific, peer-reviewed manuscripts in prominent journals. Dr. Howard has actively participated as a principal investigator and co-PI on grant research totaling over $32 million dollars funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency on Health Research and Quality, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Systems, the United States Department of Defense, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which pertain to health services, minority health, racial health disparities research, and health policy.

Dr. Howard received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan College of Literature, Sciences, and Arts in 1987 and his Ph.D. in education and human development specializing in policy development and program evaluation at Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education and Human Development in 1992. His graduate work was funded by the Dorothy Danforth Compton Fellowship Award, 1987-1991. He also received a Dissertation Fellowship Award from the Social Science Research Council Program on the Urban Underclass in 1991-1992. Dr. Howard completed two years of postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and School of Social Work as a Paul Cornely and Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar in 1994. He also completed two years of postdoctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research as a Health Services Research Postdoctoral Fellow funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Research Service Award in 1998. He has been appointed as a Research Fellow (2002-2009) and as a Senior Research Fellow (2009-2014) at the UNC-CH Sheps Center.



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