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Mark Schlesinger, PhD

Professor of Public Health (Health Policy); Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

Contact Information

Mark Schlesinger, PhD

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Health Policy & Management

    PO Box 208034, 60 College Street

    New Haven, CT 06520-8034

    United States



Dr. Schlesinger is Professor of Health Policy and 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. His recent research initiatives include (a) studying how the changing availability of information on clinicians’ practices alters patients’ choices among doctors, (b) assessing public perceptions of and responses to economic insecurity, (c) explaining the recent rapid expansion in the scope of newborn screening among American states, and (d) understanding why particular collective responses are seen as more or less legitimate for addressing the spread of obesity among Americans. He has consulted to a half dozen federal agencies, several dozen state and local governments, and more than a score of nonprofit organizations concerned with health and social policy. His favored sports include uncompetitive volleyball and unlighted table tennis.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of Wisconsin (1984)


  • Consumer engagement in health care reform
    Portland, OR, United States 2015
    AYA Talk
  • DIPEx International
    Oxford, England, United Kingdom; Freiburg, BW, Germany; Sydney, NSW, Australia; Toronto, ON, Canada 2014
    An international consortium of qualitative and mixed methods researchers, studying how best to elicit and publcly report patient narratives about their experiences with health care.
  • Health Policy and National Values: America and Canada
    Canada 2008
    Professor Schlesinger worked with McMaster University on a comparison of Canadian and American values that legitimize forms of health policy. This project has been completed.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
John M Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship AwardNational Research Service Award Program / Agency for Healthcare Research and Qaulity2021

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