Merwyn R. Greenlick, PhD

Professor Emeritus


PhD (1967) University of Michigan, Rackham Graduate School (Medical Care Organization)

MS (1961 ) Wayne State University, College of Pharmacy, Detroit, Michigan

BS (1957) Wayne State University, College of Pharmacy, Detroit, Michigan

Experience and Interests

Merwyn R. Greenlick, PhD, is currently Professor Emeritus of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. He previously served as professor and chair of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine from 1990 through March 2000. Until July 1995 he was director of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research (CHR) and Vice President for Research, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. Dr. Greenlick received his PhD degree in medical care organization from the University of Michigan with specializations in sociology and social psychology. He has served as research advisor to many projects throughout the country and as an adviser to several foreign government research and medical care projects. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1971. Dr. Greenlick was named a senior fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in July 1995.

Dr. Greenlick's educational interests include the development of the population-based clinical practice curriculum material for medical students, including the sections on the organization and delivery of health care services. He teaches research design in the MPH program and serves as a research advisor for the MPH students.

Dr. Greenlick's research activities have been in the areas of large-scale demonstration projects relating to the organization and financing of medical care and behavioral interventions to prevent disease/promote health. He was a co-principal investigator for the Medicare Prospective Payment Demonstration Project ("Medicare Plus"), which provided care to more than 7,600 Medicare beneficiaries on a capitation basis. He is currently the principal investigator of the Kaiser Permanente site of the Social HMO project ("Medicare Plus II"), which is investigating the financial feasibility of providing a comprehensive range of long-term care services for the "frail" elderly. He serves as the chair of the research committee of the national Social HMO Research Consortium.

In addition to his work with large-scale demonstrations, Dr. Greenlick has had extensive experience in clinical trials, both at the local and national levels, and has provided considerable leadership at the national level. He was principal investigator for the Portland Clinical Center of the Dietary Intervention Study in Children and is chair of the national design and analysis committee.

He was a co-investigator on the clinical trial relating the treatment of systolic hypertension among the elderly and was Portland project director for the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial and co-principal investigator for the Beta-Blocker Heart Attack Trial, each sponsored by the NHLBI.He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology at Portland State University, in the School of Public Administration of the University of Southern California, and in the School of Public Health of the University of Hawaii.

Recent Publications

Managing Research: The Cat-Herd's Toolkit, by Merwyn (Mitch) Greenlick, Inkwater Press, Portland, OR May, 2012.

Hersh W, Helfand M, Wallace J, Kraemer D, Patterson P, Shapiro S, Greenlick M. A Systematic Review of the Efficacy of Telemedicine for Making Diagnostic and Management Decisions. J Telemedicine and Telecare. 2002; 8:197-209.

Hibbard J, Greenlick M, Kunkel L, Capizzi, J, Mode of Payment, Practice Characteristics, and Physician Support for Patient Self Care. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 20 (2) 2001, 118-123

Hibbard J, Greenlick M, Jimison H, Capizzi J, Kunkel L, The Impact of a Community-wide Self-care Information Project on Self-care and Medical Care Utilization, Evaluation & the Health Professions, 24(4), 2001, 404-423

Wagner TH, Hibbard J, Greenlick MR, Kunkel L. Does Providing Consumer Health formation Affect Self-Reported Medical Utilization? Medical Care 39(8): 836-847, 2001

Hersh WR, Helfand M, Wallace J, Kraemer D, Patterson P, Shapiro S, Greenlick MR. Clinical outcomes resulting from telemedicine interventions: a systematic review. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2001, 1: 5.