PhD Concentration in Health & Public Policy
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The concentration in Health and Public Policy is designed for students interested in preventing leading public health problems through the development, analysis, implementation, and evaluation of public health policies.
Faculty affiliated with this concentration employ an interdisciplinary approach to their teaching, research and practice activities, which is reflected by their backgrounds in medicine, epidemiology, political science, sociology, law, environmental health, and the risk sciences. The emphasis on prevention policy makes this concentration one of the few nationwide with a cadre of faculty advancing policy research to prevent leading public health problems.
Faculty and students in this concentration consider a broad array of public health policies which affect health, safety and quality of life. These include policies pertaining to obesity, alcohol, tobacco, firearms, inequality, housing, injury, prescription drug overuse, transportation, and the environment. Students examine challenging public health problems and learn how political, social, economic, ethical, cultural, and legal factors affect health, and how public health policy can address these problems. Students acquire skills that enable them to conduct rigorous research to inform policy solutions, effectively translate their scholarly work to policy and practice, and emerge as leaders in public health policy.
Students in Health and Public Policy may choose specialized areas identified to help focus their electives in such a way as to best provide the background needed for their dissertation work. Areas include Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, Injury Prevention and Control, Social Policy and Health, and the Practice of Prevention.
Those interested in taking additional graduate level coursework in policy or research methods for the social sciences, as part of their electives requirement, should consider courses offered at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS) and at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
- Colleen Barry, PhD, MPP
- Thomas Burke, PhD, MPH
- Renan Castillo, PhD, MS
- Cassandra Crifasi, PhD
- Emmanuel Drabo, PhD, MA
- Johnathan P. Ehsani, PhD
- Chanee Fabius, PhD, MA
- Mary Fox, PhD, MPH
- Shannon Frattaroli, PhD, MPH
- Emma (Beth) McGinty, PhD, MS (Concentration Director)
- Alyssa Moran, ScD, MPH
- Vicente Navarro, MD, DrPH
- Sandra Newman, PhD
- Craig Pollack, MD, MHS
- Keshia Pollack Porter, PhD, MPH
- Lainie Rutkow, PhD, JD, MPH, (on leave)
- Brendan Saloner, PhD
- Leiyu Shi, DrPH, MBA, MPA
- Jon Vernick, JD, MPH
- Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH
Below is a list of recent graduates’ current positions and dissertation titles for the PhD Concentration in Health and Public Policy.
|Graduate Name||Current Position||Dissertation Title|
|Shani Buggs (2018)||Postdoctoral Fellow: Violence Prevention Research Program, University of California, Davis||Efforts to reduce gun violence in Baltimore: Evaluating drug law enforcement, focused deterrence, and cure violence|
|Sachini Bandara (2018)||Postdoctoral Fellow: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health||Policy evaluation and strategic communication research to improve the lives of individuals with severe mental illness and criminal justice involvement|
|Michelle Wong (2017)||Research Fellow in Health Services Research: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs||Obesity disparities: The role of neighborhoods, family and healthcare|
|Krycia Cowling (2017)||Researcher: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation||The impacts of global trade and investment liberalization on non-commercial disease risk factors|
|Tara Sell (2016)||Assistant Professor: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Department of Environmental Health and Engineering||Health policy responses and news media coverage of an emerging outbreak: The case of ebola|
|Molly Simmons (2016)||Policy Researcher: RAND Corporation||The integrated disability evaluation system: The political life cycle of health policy from concept to evaluation|
|Julia Wolfson (2016)||Assistant Professor: University of Michigan School of Public Health||What's cooking? A mixed methods analysis of cooking perceptions, practices and the implication for food policy|
|Jessica Young (2015)||Assistant Professor: American University's Department of Health Studies||The development and implementation of state offices of minority health|
|Nicole Errett (2014)||Lecturer: University of Washington School of Public Health's Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Services||Friend or foe? The relationship of interlocal collaboration and emergency preparedness|
|Marian Jarlenski (2014)||Assistant Professor: University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health||The role of policy in promoting women's health during pregnancy and postpartum|
|Mike Kim (2013)||Director and Head of Center of Data Excellence: AArete||The impact of prescription drug monitoring programs on adolescents and young adult poisoning deaths|
|David Swedler (2013)||Assistant Research Scientist: Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation||A mixed methods examination of distracted driving in commercial truck drivers|
|Greg Tung (2013)||Assistant Professor: University of Colorado School of Public Health||Political institutional factors and public health policy: An examination of the associations between direct democracy and preemption on state-level tobacco control and injury prevention policies|