Thomas Rice is Professor of the Department of Health Policy and Management. He served as Vice Chancellor, Academic Personnel for the UCLA campus from 2006-11. He teaches courses in health economics, research methodology, and current issues in health policy.
Dr. Rice received his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. He has conducted research projects and published in a number of areas, including: physicians' economic behavior; health insurance for the elderly; the Medicare program; health care cost containment; the role of competition in health care reform; and managed care. Dr. Rice has testified before the U.S. Congress numerous times on various health policy issues. In 1988, he received the Association for Health Services Research Young Investigator Award, given to the outstanding health services researcher in the United States age 35 or younger. In 1992, he received the Thompson Prize from the Association for University Programs in Health Administration, awarded annually to the outstanding health services researcher in the country age 40 or under. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Science, in 2006. In 1998, he received the Article-of-the-Year Award from the Association for Health Services Research. Dr. Rice served as Editor of the journal, Medical Care Research and Review from 1994-2000. The third edition of his book, The Economics of Health Reconsidered, was published in 2009.