Elizabeth Mertz

Center for the Health Professions, Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, UCSF

Elizabeth Mertz, PhD, MA, is an assistant professor in residence at the University of California, San Francisco, with a joint appointment in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, School of Dentistry and in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Nursing. She is affiliated with the UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CANDO) and is research faculty at the Center for the Health Professions where she has worked since 1997. Beth has researched, published and lectured on a broad range of health professions workforce policy and analysis issues including; diversity in the health professions, supply and demand of providers, health care regulation, state and federal workforce policy, access to care, and evolving professional practice models. Professor Mertz is currently the principal investigator on a number of projects including an evaluation of the implementation of clinical decision support tools in a large group dental practice, an organizational analysis of the delivery of dental care in long term care settings, an international comparative study of clinical leadership in dentistry, and a survey of underrepresented minority dentists.  In addition, she manages an evaluation of the Center’s leadership portfolio and teaches in a number of leadership training and development courses for health care professionals. She holds a BA from the University of Southern California, a MA from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a PhD in medical sociology from the University of California, San Francisco.