Emma Sandoe

Emma Sandoe

PhD Candidate in Health Policy (G5, Political Analysis)

Emma Sandoe received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego, with a double major in Biology and Political Science with a minor in Urban Studies and Planning. She was awarded the university’s inaugural Outstanding Senior Award in 2008. Emma moved to Washington, DC, after graduation to attend George Washington University for her MPH focusing on Health Policy. She focused on long-term care policy and state Medicaid programs and budgeting while in school. At graduation, she was awarded the Health Policy Chairs Award in 2010. While attending GW, Emma worked at the House of Representatives Ways and Means Health Subcommittee and the Center for American Progress. In 2010 she became the Association of Schools of Public Health Policy Fellow and began working at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She spent two years working on implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the HHS Budget Office and then moved to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where she served as the spokesperson for Medicaid and worked on the rollout of HealthCare.gov and Medicare delivery system reform. In the summer of 2015, Emma worked for the Health Policy Commission for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where she served as a summer fellow focusing on MassHealth and long-term care. Emma is interested in Medicaid eligibility and enrollment, home and community-based services, Medicare-Medicaid beneficiaries, and state political decisions around Medicaid policy. Her work at Harvard has been supported by an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality training grant.  She was a 2015-2016 Student Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. This year she will continue research in Medicaid politics and health policy.


Year in Program

Dissertation Committee Member