Marius Ungureanu, MD, PhD, MHA

Department Chair

Dr. Marius-Ionuț UNGUREANU MD, PhD is a medical doctor with extensive training in healthcare management and policy, and a background in health workforce, health systems & public health research. He is currently serving as Chair of the Department of Public Health, and Director of the Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy, both within the School of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences at Babeș-Bolyai University (BBU) in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He has served in Government in various capacities, including as Advisor to the Health Minister, Chief of Staff to the Health Minister, and Deputy Health Minister, in the Romanian Ministry of Health. His main areas of expertise are: human resources for health research, policy, and development; leadership & healthcare reform; quality management in healthcare; health services research; primary and community health care; research design; research management. Dr. Ungureanu is a member of European Public Health Association’s (EUPHA) Governing Board, representing BBU’s Department of Public Health, and President of EUPHA’s Health Workforce Research Section.

Research Interests

Global HealthHealth LiteracyHealth PolicyHealthcare LeadershipHealthcare ManagementHospital AdministrationResearch Capacity BuildingHealth SystemsHuman Resources for HealthPrimary CareHealth Service Delivery

Selected Publications

The future of work in the health sector / International Labour Office, Sectoral Policies Department. Geneva: ILO, 2019. Working Paper: No. 325. Prepared by Marius Ungureanu, Christiane Wiskow, and Delphine Santini, under the overall supervision of Deputy Director, Akira Isawa, and Director, Alette van Leur, of the Sectoral Policies Department.
Kuhlmann E, Batenburg R, Wismar M, Dussault G, Maier CB, Glinos IA, Azzopardi-Muscat N, Bond C, Burau V, Correia T, Groenewegen PP, Hansen J, Hunter DJ, Khan U, Kluge HH, Kroezen M, Leone C, Santric-Milicevic M, Sermeus W, Ungureanu MI. A call for action to establish a research agenda for building a future health workforce in Europe. Health Research Policy and Systems 2018;16:52
Ungureanu MI, Gheorghe A, Voinea S. Patients are denied care because of corruption in Romania. The Lancet 2017;390:10108
Kuhlmann E, Maier CB, Dussault G, Larsen C, Pavolini E, Ungureanu MI. EU law, policy and health professional mobility, In: Hervey TK, Young CA, Bishop LE (editors). Research Handbook on EU Health Law and Policy. Edward Elgar Publishing 2017
Paina L, Ungureanu MI, Olsavszky V. Implementing the Code of Practice on International Recruitment in Romania – exploring the current state of implemnetation and what Romania is doing to retain its domestic health workforce. Human Resources for Health 2016, 14 (Suppl 1):22
Ungureanu MI, Paina L, Olsavszky V. Health Workforce Management in Romania. The Lancet 2015, 386(10009):2139–2140
Cherecheș RM, Ungureanu MI, Sandu P, Rus IA. Defining informal payments in healthcare: A systematic review. Health Policy, 2013, 110(2):105-114
Cherecheș RM, Ungureanu MI. 2012. The saga of the Romanian healthcare reform, The Lancet, 379 (9829):e52