Michael Halpern, MD, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor
Chair Public Health Policy and Management
Drachman Hall A237
Office Phone: 
520-626-9921

Michael Halpern, MD, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor and Section Chair in the Public Health Policy and Management section at the University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. He has more than 20 years of experience in health services research and policy analysis, including evaluating patterns of medical care, quality of care, comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness, access to care, and disparities.  Research by Dr. Halpern includes analyses of patient outcomes, medical treatment patterns, and costs using Medicare, Medicaid, and other claims databases and national healthcare surveys; assessments of patient symptoms, satisfaction, and quality of life; examinations of health care provider shortages and policies to facilitate team-based care; and program evaluations for interventions to improve preventive services, access to care, and quality of care.

Dr. Halpern received his MD and PhD in the Medical Scientist Training Program and MPH in epidemiology at the University of Michigan.  He previously worked at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Battelle Memorial Institute, American Cancer Society, and Research Triangle Institute.  Dr. Halpern serves on the Cancer Survivorship Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Scientific Review Committee of the American College of Preventive Medicine.  He has more than 130 publications and is Section Editor for Disparities for the journal Cancer.