Mark J Schlesinger, PhD

Professor of Public Health (Health Policy)

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Health Policy & Management

Faculty Research

Obesity Research Working Group

Office of Cooperative Research


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)


  • AYA Talk Portland, United States (2015)

    Consumer Engagement in Health Care Reform

  • Health Policy and National Values: America and Canada Canada (2008 - 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.

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