Jason L. Schwartz, Ph.D., MBE
Assistant Professor School of Public Health
60 College St, New Haven, CT 06510-3210
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. He has written widely on vaccines and vaccination programs, decision-making in public 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 on topics in public health policy and history have appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), The American Journal of Public Health, The Milbank Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is also an author of the chapter titled “Ethics” in Vaccines (Elsevier, 2008, 2012), the standard textbook of vaccine science and policy. His dissertation, External Factors: Advisory Committees, Regulation, and American Public Health, 1962-1999, examined the emergence and influence of expert advisory committees in the development of U.S. biomedical regulation and policy, particularly regarding pharmaceuticals and vaccines. His current research examines how policy-makers, regulators, physicians, and patients evaluate and respond to the risks, benefits, and costs of vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and other medical technologies.
Prior to arriving at Yale, Schwartz was the Harold T. Shapiro Fellow in Bioethics 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.