PhD, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2017
MPH, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 2008
BA, Carroll College, 2005
Dr. Koon's work focuses on understanding the forces that structure human behavior in the health policy process. He approaches policy as a contest of ideas, shaped by language and deeper value conflicts and applies these concepts to work on health financing, health workforce development, and the regulation of harmful consumer products. Dr. Koon has published widely on “framing” and overlapping phenomena such as "sensemaking" and "storytelling" in the health policy process. His work has been published in Social Science and Medicine, Health Policy and Planning, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, as well as other health policy journals. Currently, Dr. Koon is collaborating on research in Kenya (UNICEF), Uganda (GHR Foundation), Bangladesh (Gates Ventures), and the Philippines (Bloomberg Philanthropies).
Prior to joining the Health Systems Program Dr. Koon worked in public health programming in low- and middle-income countries. In 2010-2011, he served as a technical advisor for the Southern Sudan Guinea Worm Eradication Programme in Awerial County in Lakes State, South Sudan. He has worked on evaluations of polio eradication and nurse mentoring programs in Bihar, India. In addition to this focus on human resources for health, Dr. Koon spent three years as a Health Policy Specialist on Abt Associates' Health Finance and Governance Project funded by USAID after conducting his PhD research on the politics of health financing in Kenya.
Honors and Awards
Excellence in Teaching, JHSPH (3x): 1) Health Systems Seminar, 2) Financing Health Systems for UHC
Research Traveling Award Recipient, LSHTM, 2014
Outstanding Practicum Award winner, RSPH, 2007