Peter F. Martelli, PhD

Associate Professor, Healthcare Administration

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Areas of Expertise

  • Behavioral approaches to managing risk, such as High Reliability Organizing (HRO) and strategic error management
  • Evidence-based management and knowledge translation

Professional Experience

Professor Martelli teaches Evidence-based Healthcare Management and Health Economics in the Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) program.

His research focuses on behavioral models of risk, safety, and reliability - such as High Reliability Organizing (HRO) - and the interdisciplinary application of these concepts in complex interdependent systems.  He has worked on various aspects of safety and reliability in healthcare settings, as well as in other industries, such as wildland fire and emergency response, oil exploration, and civil and industrial infrastructure.  Professor Martelli serves as Co-Director of the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management at the University of California-Berkeley and leads its affiliated International Consortium on Error Management, which focuses on error management at the executive level.   

Professor Martelli holds a PhD in Health Services and Policy Analysis from UC-Berkeley and an MSPH from Thomas Jefferson University, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the U.S. Veteran's Administration Center for Organization, Leadership, and Management Research.  He was also an Exchange Scholar in the Interfaculty Initiative in Health Policy at Harvard University.  Before returning to academia, he was a research coordinator in the Scientific Policy and Quality Department at the American College of Physicians, where he helped develop the ACPNet national practice-based research network.


  • PhD, University of California - Berkeley
  • MSPH, Thomas Jefferson University
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania
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