Jason L Schwartz, PhD

Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy), Assistant Professor in the History of Medicine, and Assistant Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Health Policy & Management: J. Schwartz Lab

History of Medicine


Jason L. Schwartz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Yale School of Public Health. He holds a secondary appointment in the Section of the History of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and is also affiliated with the Program in the History of Science and Medicine and the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. He has written widely on vaccines and vaccination programs, decision-making in federal and state health policy, and the structure and function of scientific expert advice to government. His general research interest is in the ways in which evidence is interpreted, evaluated, and translated into regulation and policy in medicine and public health.

Schwartz's publications have appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Health Affairs, The American Journal of Public Health, The Milbank Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book manuscript, Medicine by Committee: Expert Advice and Health Care in Modern America, that examines the emergence, evolution, and continuing influence of expert advisory committees in American medicine and public health from the 1960s to the present, particularly regarding pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and screening technologies. This project is supported by the National Institutes of Health. Other current research projects examine how policy-makers, regulators, physicians, and patients evaluate and respond to the risks, benefits, and costs of medical interventions.

Prior to arriving at Yale, Schwartz was the Harold T. Shapiro Fellow at the Princeton University Center for Human Values, and earlier, an Associate Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Princeton University, where he received an A.B. in classics, and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Ph.D. in the history and sociology of science and a master's degree (MBE) in bioethics.

[For more information, please visit http://jschwartz.yale.edu.]

Education & Training

PhD University of Pennsylvania (2012)
MBE University of Pennsylvania (2006)
AB Princeton University (2003)
Postdoctoral Princeton University

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Jason L Schwartz, PhD
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Yale School of Public Health60 College Street, Rm 312
New Haven, CT 06510
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Yale School of Public Health
60 College Street, PO Box 208034

New Haven, CT 06520-8034
Yale School of Public Health
60 College Street, Room 312

New Haven, CT 06510

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