The University of North Carolina at Chapel HillManagement Academy for Public Health


Lucy Savitz, PhD

Senior Scientist
Intermountain Healthcare
Institute for Health Care Delivery Research
Associate Professor, Clinical Epidemiology
University of Utah


Dr. Lucy Savitz recently joined Intermountain Health Care, bringing more than 22 years of experience in health care delivery and health services research.  Dr. Savitz has worked as an Economist for the Colorado State legislature, a financial planner at UNC Health Care, a researcher in the Rural Health Program at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) Gillings School of Global Public Health, a Senior Health Services Researcher at RTI in the Health Care Quality and Outcomes Program, and most recently as a Senior Associate at Abt Associates, Inc.  At RTI, Dr. Savitz directed the AHRQ-funded master task order, Accelerating the Cycle of Research in Integrated Delivery Systems, and she led four projects specific to quality measurement, over a dozen program evaluation projects, and over 16 applied projects in health care system settings across the rural-urban continuum.  Most recently, Dr. Savitz has worked with Coastal Family Health Center (a network of CHCs) based in Biloxi, Mississippi to provide technical assistance for strategic planning and evaluation of the recovery effort. She also leads the Improve First effort for the Pediatric Quality Alliance. 

Her Ph.D. minor is in medical geography and she has applied this knowledge base in over half a dozen projects to assess resource allocation and spatial variations in service delivery.  Further, Dr. Savitz has been acknowledged as an Examiner for the 2001 and 2002 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program administered by the National Institute for Standards and Technology in the US Department of Commerce and the American Society for Quality.  She is also a Senior Scientist in the Intermountain Health Care Quality Institute where she teaches a series of courses aimed at enhancing the scientific stature of clinical investigators. 

She taught the core Strategic Management Course in the UNC-CH Department of Health Policy and Administration for 7 years and currently guest lectures there as well as with the Management Academy for Public Health.  She was the founding Director of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Leadership Program in Women’s Health Policy for 7 years while on the faculty at UNC-CH, and has recently been engaged as an advisor to the Program.  Lastly, she has served as Chair on the AHRQ Partnership Science Committee as part of AHRQ’s Council of Partners and is Co-Chair of the AcademyHealth Research Translation Work Group.