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Dr. Jennifer J. Prah

Jennifer J. Prah, 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
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 J. Prah is a leading global scholar of domestic and global 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. Professor Prah founded and directs the Health Equity and Policy Lab (HEPL), a mixed methods lab that studies public health and health and social policy issues 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 Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Malaysia, Morocco, South Korea, South Africa, Taiwan, the United States, and Vietnam.

Professor Prah received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Berkeley, master’s degrees from Oxford University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and Yale University, and a doctoral degree from Harvard University.  She is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Hastings Center Fellow, a Greenwall Faculty Scholar, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Donaghue Investigator.

Publications

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

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.

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