People

Headshot of Dr. Jennifer Ruger

Jennifer Prah Ruger, PhD

  • Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy

  • Faculty Chair at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP)

  • Director, Health Equity and Policy Lab (HEPL)

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, D-4
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.746.1330
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Research Interests

Health and Social Policy

Health Equity and Policy

Global Health Justice and Governance

Health and Social Justice

Health Financing

Economic Evaluation

Political Economy of Health

Cost Analyses

Jennifer Prah Ruger is a leading scholar of global and domestic health policy and public health. She conducts theoretical and empirical studies of health equity to address global and national health inequities, especially among women and children. Dr. Prah Ruger directs the Health Equity and Policy Lab (HEPL), a mixed methods lab that studies health policy and public health problems such as the equity and efficiency of health system access, financing, resource allocation, policy reform and the social determinants of health. Her research is conducted internationally and nationally, including work in Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Malaysia, Morocco, South Korea, South Africa, the United States and Vietnam.

Dr. Prah Ruger received a bachelor’s degree in the honors program in political economy from the University of California-Berkeley, master’s degrees from Oxford University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Yale University, a doctoral degree from Harvard University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard’s Center for Population and Development.

Publications

Ruger JPHealth and Social Justice. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press; 2009.

Mitra S, and Ruger JP. (Eds.) Health, Disability and the Capability Approach. Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis Group; 2017.

Ruger JPGlobal Health Justice and Governance. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press; 2018.

Ruger JP. “The Health Capability Paradigm and the Right to Health Care in the United States,” Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, 2016; 37(4): 275-92.

Ruger JP, and Reiff, M. “A Checklist for the Conduct, Reporting and Appraisal of Micro-costing Studies in Health Care: Protocol Development,” JMIR Research Protocols, 2016; 5(4): e195.

Pallas S*, and Ruger JP. “Does Donor Proliferation in Development Aid for Health Affect Health Service Delivery and Population Health? Cross-Country Regression Analysis from 1995-2010,” Health Policy & Planning, 2017; 32(4): 493-503.

Pallas S*, and Ruger JP. “Effects of Donor Proliferation in Health Sector Aid on Health Program Performance: A Review and Conceptual Framework,” Social Science & Medicine, 2017; 175: 177-86.

Xu X, Yonkers KA, and Ruger JP. “Economic Evaluation of a Behavioral Intervention for Substance Use Treatment versus Brief Advice for Substance Use Treatment in Pregnant Women: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial,” BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 2017; 17: 83.

Loree A*, Garlepy AM, Ruger JP, and Yonkers KA. “Postpartum Contraceptive use and Rapid Repeat Pregnancy Among Women who use Substances,” Substance Use & Misuse, 2018; 53(1): 162-9.

Shawar YR*, and Ruger JP. “The World Bank and The The Right to Health: A Study of the Institution’s Rights-Based Discourse,” Global Health Governance, 2018; 7(1): 87-105.

*Denotes student or fellow author.

SP2 News

Sherisse Laud-Hammond

Alumni Stories

MSW Alumna Reflects on Transformative Year as Penn Women’s Center Director

Last year, Sherisse Laud-Hammond was named the new director of the Penn Women’s Center, a position in which she is...

Olivia Welsh

Student Life

Going All In: NPL Student Founds Nonprofit Consulting Agency

Let’s say that you’re a student, and you’ve just completed your undergraduate studies in the midst of a massive global...

Dennis Culhane, PhD

Faculty & Research

SP2 Professor Opens Spring 2021 Penn Population Studies Colloquium Series

The Spring 2021 programming of the Penn Population Studies Colloquium Series opened with a talk by Dennis P. Culhane, PhD, Professor...

Image of Alicia Chatterjee

Student Life, Alumni Stories

PSCSW Awards for Clinical Excellence Recognizes PhD Student

Alicia Chatterjee, PhD candidate and MSW graduate at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), recently won a Pennsylvania Society...

Discover More