University of Pennsylvania
Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research
The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) is a private, non-sectarian, Ivy League institution founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin. One of the first integrated academic health systems in the United States, Penn owns and operates the University of Pennsylvania Health System, a top ranked large health system with all 6 of its hospitals being Magnet Recognized. With nearly 138 research centres and institutes, research is a substantial and esteemed enterprise at Penn. As of 2018, the research community included more than 4,800 faculty and 1200 postdoctoral fellows, nearly 3,800 graduate students and 5,500 academic support staff and graduate assistants, and a research portfolio in excess of $966 million. The Penn School of Nursing is ranked #1 in funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the top nursing school in the world by QS World University, and is a designated WHO Collaborating Center in Nursing. The Penn research team has received the highest awards in health services research. The evidence base resulting from their research has improved health outcomes through policy; it influenced nurse staffing legislation in California, Wales, Ireland, and Queensland, Australia; is incorporated in the National Academy of Medicine’s 2010 recommendations that 80% of US nurses have a bachelor’s degree by 2020, and the European Parliament’s 2013 decision to recommend access to university education for nurses in the European Union; and influenced the inclusion of the Magnet Recognition Program® into top hospital quality rankings including Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade and U.S. News and World Report hospital rankings.