National Program Office

Alan B. Cohen ,
Sc.D.
National Program Director

Alan Cohen is Executive Director of the Boston University Health Policy Institute and Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Boston University Questrom School of Business. He directs the RWJF Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research and RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research Program. Dr. Cohen has 35 years of experience in health policy, health services research, and program evaluation. His current research interests include evaluation of quality improvement initiatives, cross-national comparisons of health care systems, and evaluation of healthcare informatics tools and information systems.

Dr. Cohen served as Faculty Director of the School of Management’s Health Care MBA Program from 1994 to 2003, where he taught courses in American health policy, technology management, and comparative healthcare systems. Prior to joining Boston University, he was Research Professor and University Lecturer in the Institute for Health Policy of the Florence Heller Graduate School at Brandeis University, where his research focused on assessing the feasibility of setting national health care expenditure limits. Before that, he served as Vice President for Research and Evaluation at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where he directed staff operations overseeing the design of national program evaluations and several major surveys. He also had management responsibility for programs in the areas of health care financing, state health policy, quality of care, and medical malpractice reform. Previously, he was Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Hospital Finance and Management, and Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. His earlier work as a senior analyst for Urban Systems Research & Engineering, Inc., in Cambridge, MA, involved evaluation studies of federal and state health programs in the areas of health statistics, health planning, Certificate of Need regulation, and health professions training.

Dr. Cohen currently serves on the editorial board of Inquiry; is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance; and in 2010 was the William Evans Visiting Fellow at the University of Otago in New Zealand. He is the principal author of Technology in American Health Care: Policy Directions for Effective Evaluation and Management (University of Michigan Press, 2004). He received his B.A. in psychology from the University of Rochester, and his M.S. and Sc.D. in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Jed N. Horwitt ,
M.B.A., M.P.H.
Deputy Director

Prior to his role as Deputy Director of the RWJF Investigator Awards Program, Mr. Horwitt served as Associate Director of Boston University’s Health Policy Institute, where he managed a portfolio of health research projects on quality improvement, hospital performance, and health information technology, and coordinated Institute activities on a daily basis. Previously, Mr. Horwitt was a Program Coordinator at the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine, where he managed the Division of Dental Public Health’s postdoctoral program, the Graduate Medical Sciences Program in Oral Health Sciences, and various recruitment pipeline programs to attract minorities and underrepresented groups to the field of dentistry. Prior to that, he conducted immunology and bioinformatics research at Mount Holyoke College, investigating the genetics of immunodeficiency in a murine model of HIV/AIDS. Mr. Horwitt holds a B.A. in biology from Amherst College, a M.P.H. in international health from the Boston University School of Public Health, and a M.B.A. in public and non profit administration from the Boston University Questrom School of Business.

Tracy L. Brown ,
M.A., M.P.P.
Program Manager

Tracy has more than 20 years of professional experience in business, community and diversity leadership, working for Fortune 50, government, educational and non-profit entities. For 12 years, she operated her own diversity leadership consulting, equity investigations and training business. She is an equal opportunity and inclusion professional that has developed diversity, equity and inclusion plans, and investigations across sectors, e.g., housing, education, transportation, real estate transactions. Tracy received her Master of Public Policy from Tufts University’s Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (focusing on Environmental Health and specifically the impact of environmental toxins on Children's Health). Her Executive Master of Non-Profit Leadership is from Seattle University, and her Bachelor of Arts is from the University of Washington.