Sangeeta Ahluwalia

Dr. Sangeeta C. Ahluwalia is Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at UCLA and a Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation. She teaches the Politics of Health Policy (HS 287) course for students in the Health Policy and Management Program.  

Dr. Ahluwalia’s research examines barriers and facilitators to palliative care for patients with serious progressive illness, with the goal of improving integration of palliative services into routine care. Her most recent work has centered on identifying opportunities for improving patient-provider communication regarding advance care planning in heart failure. She is currently PI of an NIH-funded study to evaluate the use of group visits for advance care planning in outpatient settings, and another study to synthesize palliative care evidence to inform clinical practice guidelines. Dr. Ahluwalia has methodological expertise in evidence synthesis, qualitative research and implementation science. Her primary policy interests are in understanding the role of interest groups and framing effects on health policy implementation and adoption.


  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • MPH, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley, CA