Recent Student Presentations & Published Research

Christine Baugh (G3, Ethics) recently co-authored “Football players’ perceptions of future risk of concussion and concussion-related health outcomes” in the Journal of Neurotrauma. Link to abstract

Christine presented Athlete concussion symptom reporting: Current evidence and possible improvements at the Big Ten/Ivy League Traumatic Brain Injury Research Collaboration Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 14, 2016. 

Rebecca Haffajee (graduating November 2016, ESS) was published in the Hastings Law Journal.  Her article,Preventing Opioid Misuse with Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: A Framework for Evaluating the Success of State Public Health Laws, outlines key criteria intended to help state regulators in evaluating and justifying prescription drug monitoring programs and other public health laws. 

Rebecca also co-authored “Murder Liability for Prescribing Opioids: A Way Forward?” published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Bethany Sheridan (G4, Management) recently had a paper accepted for publication:

Sheridan, B., Chien, A.T, Peters, A.S., Rosenthal, M.B., Brooks, J.V., Singer, S.J. (2016). Team-Based Care: The Medical Assistant Perspective. Health Care Management Review (forthcoming).


Harvard’s PhD Program in Health Policy Celebrates 25 Years

Harvard’s PhD Program in Health Policy celebrated its 25th Anniversary at an event at the Boston Public Library in June 2016.  During the anniversary celebration, attendees honored Faculty Chair Joe Newhouse and Director of Graduate Studies Kathy Swartz, who both stepped down from their leadership roles in the program this year.  Joe has been with the PhD Program in Health Policy since its inception and both he and Kathy have been critical in the success of the students over the history of the program.  David Cutler, incoming Faculty Chair, emceed the event.  Speakers included Harvard Provost Alan Garber, Melinda Buntin (graduate of PhD Program in 2000 and chair of the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine), Joe and Kathy. There were video tributes by many folks including:  current and former students; Harvard Kennedy School Dean Doug Elmendorf; Sherry Glied, Dean of New York University’s Wagner School of Public Policy; Gail Wilensky, senior fellow at Project Hope; David Blumenthal, president of The Commonwealth Fund; and Leonard Schaeffer, Judge Robert Maclay Widney Chair and Professor at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. 

In its 25-year history, Harvard’s PhD Program in Health Policy has graduated over 180 students and has grown to include six faculties:  Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Alumna Debra Joy Pérez named Chief Evaluation and Learning Officer for Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Debra Joy Pérez (PA, 2005) will join the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as Chief Evaluation and Learning Officer. She will work closely with the grantmaking teams to advance the organization’s work in science, environmental conservation and patient care in the Bay Area. As chief evaluation and learning officer, Pérez will develop, manage and refine measurement, evaluation and learning processes across the foundation. She will oversee a team of evaluation officers including those embedded within the foundation’s four grantmaking programs. Read full press release here


40th Anniversay of the RAND Health Insurance Experiment 

2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the RAND Health Insurance Experiment (HIE) led by Joe Newhouse. It is the largest health policy study in U.S. history and the only experimental study of how cost-sharing arrangements affect people's use of health services, the quality of care they receive, and their health status. Read more about the experiment here and how it still has an impact on healthcare today.


Faculty member and alumna Meredith Rosenthal wins mentoring award

Congratulations to Meredith Rosenthal (Econ, 1998), Professor of Health Economics and Policy and Associate Dean for Diversity at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health who was awarded a Mentoring Award this year at HSPH's commencement.

 Dr. Meredith Rosenthal (right) with HSPH student Morgan Shields