faculty profile

Peter Buerhaus   PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP(h)

Visiting Professor


Dr. Buerhaus is a nurse and a health care economist who is well known for his studies on the nursing and physician workforces in the United States. In addition to be a visiting professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, he is professor of nursing and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies at the College of Nursing, Montana State University. He has published more than 135 peer-reviewed articles with five publications designated as "classics" by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Buerhaus was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 1994 and elected into the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine in 2003 (now the National Academy of Medicine). Dr. Buerhaus has received honoray doctorates from the University of Maryland and from Loyola University (Chicago); he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Bozeman Deaconess Health Care System.  


  • PhD, Wayne State University          
  • MS, University of Michigan
  • BSN, Mankato State University

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Employment and earnings of nursing personnel
  • Implications of an aging RN workforce
  • Forecasting the future age and supply of the nurse and physician workforces
  • Developing and testing quality of care measures
  • Determining health professionals' and public opinion on issues concerning the delivery of health care
  • Increasing efficiency in health care
  • Improving health policy decision-making; assessing the quality, costs and types of services provided by nurse practitioners