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David Bishai, MD

  • Director Interdepartmental Health Economics Program
  • Professor

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Suite E4622
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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MD, University of California San Diego Medical School, 1987
PhD, Wharton Business School, 1996
MPH, University of California, Los Angeles, 1987


Dr. Bishai's major research interest is the mortality transitions of the 19th through 21st centuries and the role that public health practice plays in the prevention of death both historically and currently.

Dr. Bishai applies economics models and estimation strategies to study public health interventions, especially immunization and injury control. His current projects focus on the connection between the operations at national, state and local health departments and improved population health. He is currently conducting work on public health in Qatar, India, China, and Egypt. He teaches Introduction to Health Economics, Poverty Economic Development and Health, Systems Thinking in Public Health, and new workshops on Essential Public Health Functions for district health officers and Systems Thinking. 

Honors and Awards

Board Certification and Recertification: American Board of Pediatrics and American Board of Internal Medicine, 1991 Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Award (AMTRA), 2006. Golden Apple Award, 2015.  President-Elect Faculty Senate 2015

  • health economics, population economics
  • family economics
  • marriage, gender, paternity
  • infidelity, divorce, polygyny
  • orphans
  • adolescent health, vaccines
  • HIV
  • AIDS vaccine
  • tuberculosis
  • meningococcal disease
  • human papilloma virus
  • HPV, cervical cancer
  • health equity
  • disparities
  • Nepal
  • Uganda
  • injuries, road traffic accidents

Selected publications back to 2013.  

  • Bishai, D, Hindin, M, Christiansen, S, Mustafa, G,  Razzaque, (2015) A “Selection bias in the link between in child wantedness and child survival: Theory and data from Matlab, Bangladesh” Demography 52(1) : 61-82.

  • Bishai, D., Paina, L., Li, Q., Peters, D. H., & Hyder, A. A. (2014). Advancing the application of systems thinking in health: why cure crowds out prevention. Health Res Policy Syst, 12, 28. doi: 10.1186/1478-4505-12-28

  • Diamond-Smith, N*. Bishai, D. (2014)  Evidence of Self-Correction of Child Sex Ratios in India: A District Level Analysis from 1981-2011 Demography  2014:1-26..


    Bishai, D. (2014) “Generalized nutrient taxes can increase consumer welfare"  Health Economics DOI: 10. 1002/hec.3101

  • Bishai, D. Johns, B*, Nair, D*, Lefevre, A*, Simons, E*, Dabbagh A  The Cost Effectiveness of Supplementary Immunization Activities for Measles: A Stochastic Model for Uganda. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2011. 203 p. S107-115.