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Michael T. Halpern

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Associate Professor


533 Ritter Annex
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-5814
Fax: 215-204-5958


  • MD, University of Michigan
  • PhD, Graduate Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology (thesis based in Dept. of Epidemiology), University of Michigan
  • MPH, Epidemiology, University of Michigan
  • BA, Physics and Psychology, Cornell University


Dr. Michael Halpern previously served as Section Chair for Public Health Policy and Management at the University of Arizona; Senior Fellow at RTI International; and Strategic Director for Health Services Research at the American Cancer Society. Halpern’s work focuses on health services and outcomes research, including examining patterns of medical care, quality of care, comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness, access to care, and disparities.  His previous research include: assessments of treatments, costs, and outcomes using medical claims databases, patient registries, and health care surveys; development and evaluation of programs to improve health care delivery; evaluations of quality of life and caregiver burden; systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and guideline development; modeling costs and outcomes of medical care interventions and public health program; and examination of factors affecting the health care workforce.  He has collaborated with government staff, community stakeholder and patient advocacy groups, and health care professionals.  
Halpern has more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals.  He serves on the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Cancer Survivorship Committee and Health Disparities Committee; the American College of Preventive Medicine’s Scientific Review Committee; and is Section Editor for Disparities Research for the journal Cancer.  He is also active in studies of the history of public health.  

Research Interests

  • Cancer
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Chronic Disease
  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Community Based Program Evaluation
  • Cost Effectiveness
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Insurance
  • Health Services
  • Minority Health
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Oncology
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quality of Care
  • Quality of Life
  • Tobacco
  • Tuberculosis
  • Vaccines