Public Health

Associate Professor, School of Public Health

Professor Chen is a health and development economist. He recently completed his Ph.D. in applied economics at Cornell. His research seeks to better understand how social interactions affect health behavior and outcomes, how socioeconomic status drives social competition. Most of his current work draws on primary data from China.

Curriculum Vitae

ISPS Dahl Scholar, 2021-2022
Dahl Scholar, 2021 - 2022

As a Dahl scholar, Sarah works with Professor Xi Chen at the Yale School of Public Health to study the impacts of place of birth on long-term health outcomes. As a Tobin and Herb Scarf scholar, she has collaborated on other projects with Professor Chen that looked at the effects of Covid-19 on cognitive impairment. Previously, she has conducted research with the Yale Economic Growth Center on the effects of Covid-19 in developing countries and with a Washington D.C.-based think tank on U.S. maritime and agriculture policies. Sarah is passionate about reforming the U.S.

William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Operations Research, Professor of Public Health & Professor of Engineering

Professor Kaplan’s research has been reported on the front pages of the New York Times and the Jerusalem Post,  editorialized in the Wall Street Journal, recognized by the New York Times Magazine’s Year in Ideas, and discussed in many other major media outlets. The author of more than 125 research articles, Professor Kaplan received both the Lanchester Prize and the Edelman Award, two top honors in the operations research field, among many other awards.

Mark Schlesinger, Department Chair and Professor of Public Health
Department Chair and Professor of Public Health

Mark Schlesinger is Department Chair and Professor of Health Policy, a fellow of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University, and past editor of the Journal of Health Policy, Politics and Law. Dr. Schlesinger’s research explores the determinants of public opinion about health and social policy, the influence of bounded rationality on medical consumers, the role of nonprofit organizations in American medicine.

Assistant Professor of Public Health

Jacob Wallace is an Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) at the Yale School of Public Health. His research is focused on the economics of health insurance markets with particular emphasis on the impact of managed care in public insurance programs. This area of research is growing in importance, as the government is increasingly contracting with managed care plans to deliver benefits in Medicaid and Medicare.

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