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Adam Koon, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist

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615 N Wolfe Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2017
MPH, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 2008
BA, Carroll College, 2005


My work focuses on understanding the forces that structure human behavior in the health policy process. I approach policy as a contest of ideas, shaped by language and deeper value conflicts. I apply these concepts to work on health financing, health workforce development, and the regulation of harmful consumer products.

  • Health Policy
  • Health Politics
  • Health Financing
  • Human Resources for Health
  • Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Selected Publications from the last 5 years

  • Saxena A, Koon AD, Lagrada-Rombaua L, Angeles-Agdeppa I, Johns B, Capanzana M. (2019). “Modelling the impact of a tax on sweetened beverages in the Philippines: an extended cost effectiveness analysis.” Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Volume 97, Issue 2, pages 97-107.
  • Koon AD, Hawkins B, and Mayhew SH. (2016). “Framing and the Health Policy Process: A Scoping Review.” Health Policy and Planning, Volume 31, Issue 6, July, pages 801-816.
  • Koon AD, Rao KD, Tran, N and Ghaffar, A. (2013). “Embedding health policy and systems research into decision-making processes in low- and middle-income countries.” Health Research Policy and Systems, Volume 11, Issue 30, Aug.
  • Koon AD, Goudge, J and Norris, SA. (2013). “A review of generalist and specialist community health works for delivering adolescent health services in sub-Saharan Africa.” Human Resources for Health, Volume 11, Issue 54, Oct.
  • Koon AD, Smith L, Mutiso V, Ndetei D, Mendenhall E. (2017). “Nurses’ perceptions of universal health coverage and its implications for the Kenyan health sector.” Critical Public Health, Volume 27, Issue 1, January, pages 28-28.