Career Opportunities with the MDH Health Economics Program

The Health Economics Program (HEP) plays an important role in conducting research and applied policy analysis that is used to inform policy makers, consumers, and other stakeholders in Minnesota’s health care system. The work of HEP is focused on monitoring changes in the health care marketplace; and understanding the factors that influence health care cost, quality and access; and providing technical assistance in the development of state health care policy.

The Health Economics Program welcomes applications for employment from qualified candidates who are passionate about quantitative analyses on a broad set of health policy questions.

Interested individuals should send a resume to

Current openings:

Closing date: 8/3/15 - Research Scientist 3
Closing date: 8/10/15 - Research Scientist 2

Research Scientist 3 – Chronic Care Spending Research Analyst

The Health Economics Program (HEP) in the Minnesota Department of Health is seeking to fill a senior research analyst position (Research Scientist 3). This position is embedded in an applied, fast-paced environment that works at the intersection of health policy and research in Minnesota.  It exists to perform nation-leading complex statistical research using health care administrative claims data in fulfillment of HEP’s legislatively required activities to estimate and project health care spending related to certain chronic care and risk factors. These include rates of obesity, coronary heart disease, stroke and arthritis, use of tobacco products, hypertension, pre-diabetes, diabetes, and chronic disease among an elderly population.

The Chronic Care Spending Research Analyst is responsible for assessing literature to identify methods for estimating health care spending categories, evaluating and analyzing primary and secondary data to perform estimation of baseline spending and develop projections of future spending. In addition, the senior research analyst will annually calculate actual chronic disease spending estimates and compare to spending projections to assess how change in health care use, preventable illnesses and death, as defined in Minn. Stat. 62U.10 (2015), have affected anticipated trends. Results of research and analysis will be prepared in annual reports to the legislature and summarized in written presentations of HEP, including issue briefs, issue papers, memos, and presentation materials. The incumbent, who has broad autonomy and independence, will also present information in meetings and at conferences, seminars, and other public forums.  The incumbent is responsible for coordinating related activities inside the agency and across the administration.

The positon announcement can be found on the Minnesota State Job Openings page.

Health Care Quality Measurement Research Scientist 2
# 15HEAL000295

MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Join the Health Economics Program at the Minnesota Department of Health!

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

Located in the Health Economics Program (HEP) within the Health Policy (HP) Division of the Minnesota Department of Health, this position will provide professional research and policy development support for the Minnesota Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS). You will: conduct research related to health care quality measurement, measure stratification and risk adjustment, reporting measure results, and pay-for-performance programs using a variety of data sources including SQRMS; present results and recommendations in writing and orally to MDH leadership and other stakeholders; and collaborate in the performance of statistical runs, summary tables, charts, and reports using statistical software such as SPSS, SAS, or STATA and analytical and other software such as ArcGIS. More information about the state’s quality measurement program can be found at Health Care Quality Measures.

Apply to this positon by going to the full job announcement for the Research Scientist 2 position on the Minnesota State Job Openings page, posting number 15HEAL000295. The application period closes August 10, 2015. More information about applying for this position and working at MDH can be found at How Do I Get a Job at the Minnesota Department of Health?.

Updated Monday, August 03, 2015 at 05:02PM