Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP

An image of Erin Fraher who has curly red hair, wearing dangly pearl earrings and a bright blue shirt with a yellow and light blue paisley pattern. Erin P. Fraher, PhD, MPP is a health services researcher and policy analyst whose career has focused on generating workforce data to inform policy makers’ efforts to redesign workforce education, financing, and regulation to better align with population health needs. Her research focuses on interprofessional teams in new models of care, developing new methodologies to project how many health workers will be needed under different possible “futures,” and using life course theory to better understand health professionals’ career trajectories. Dr. Fraher’s research has been used by state and federal policy makers in their efforts to address workforce shortages, particularly in rural and underserved communities. She is regularly called upon to brief White House, Congressional and Senate staff and members, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, state governors, state legislatures, health systems and other public and private sector leaders on a wide range of emerging health workforce topics. Dr. Fraher has served as an expert advisor to the National Academy of Medicine in multiple roles, serving on the planning committee, as a workshop co-chair, as a speaker on various workforce topics and as a reviewer of a NAM report. Dr. Fraher is the immediate past Chair of the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) which is charged with advising the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Congress on workforce trends, training issues and financing.

Positions Held

  • Director of the Program on Health Workforce Research & Policy and Deputy Director for Policy at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
  • Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management UNC-Chapel Hill


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Policy and Management – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Master of Public Policy (MPP) – University of California, Berkeley
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics and Spanish – Wellesley College

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