The University of Arizona

Michael Halpern, MD, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Public Health Policy and Management


Michael Halpern is Associate Professor and Section Chair of Public Health Policy and Management at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona.  His work focuses on health services and outcomes research, including evaluating patterns of medical care, quality of care, comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness, access to care, and disparities.  Research by Dr. Halpern includes evaluations of patient characteristics, risk factors, medical treatments, and health outcomes using large medical claims data bases and national health care surveys; assessments of government policies affecting receipt of health care services; systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and guideline development; modeling the health and economic impacts of medical care interventions; development and analysis of workplace-based smoking cessation; assessments of patient symptoms, satisfaction, and quality of life; and examinations of factors influencing decision making by physicians and patients.  Dr. Halpern received his M.D. and Ph.D. in the Medical Scientist Training Program and M.P.H. in epidemiology at The University of Michigan.  He serves on the Health Disparities Committee and Cancer Survivorship Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and on the Scientific Review Committee of the American College of Preventive Medicine, and is the Section Editor for Health Disparities of the journal Cancer.  

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