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Alexander McCourt, PhD

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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2019
JD, University of Arizona, 2014
MPH, University of Arizona, 2014
BS, University of Arizona, 2010


Alex McCourt, JD, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is affiliated with the Center for Gun Policy and Research and the Center for Law and the Public’s Health. Trained as a public health lawyer, he combines legal research with quantitative methods to study instances in which law plays a role in shaping the public’s health. Much of his work has focused on firearm policy and violence, including homicide, suicide, and intimate partner violence. Additionally, he studies other areas of public health law including opioid policy, emergency preparedness, and injury prevention.

  • public health law
  • violence
  • firearm policy
  • suicide
  • legislation
  • regulation
  • policy evaluation
  • opioid policy

Select publications:

  • McCourt AD, Sunshine G, Rutkow L. Judicial Opinions Arising from Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Activities. Health Secur. 2019;17(3):240-247.
  • McCourt AD, Vernick JS. Law, Ethics, and Conversations between Physicians and Patients about Firearms in the Home. AMA J Ethics. 2018;20(1):69-76. Published 2018 Jan 1.
  • McCourt AD, Vernick JS, Betz ME, Brandspigel S, Runyan CW. Temporary Transfer of Firearms From the Home to Prevent Suicide: Legal Obstacles and Recommendations. JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(1):96-101.