Daniel Polsky, PhD, MPP

Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Economics, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University


Daniel Polsky, PhD, is a leader in health economics and health care policy.  His research focuses on quantifying and confronting inherent tradeoffs in health care interventions that seek to improve quality and access to care in a way that preserves affordability for families and society. He has served on several state and national policy advisory boards, where his research informs important decisions on health care policy. Dr. Polsky is interested in understanding the cost and quality tradeoff of health care interventions that address care, access, coverage, and payment. His most recent work focuses on how to provide access to quality health care among vulnerable groups such as populations in rural settings, beneficiaries in publicly supported insurance programs, and patients with behavioral health and substance use disorders. Dr. Polsky joined Johns Hopkins University as a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in 2019 from the University of Pennsylvania. He received a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in May 1996 and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan in 1989. His areas of interest include health care access, workforce, and economic evaluation of medical and behavioral health interventions. He is a co-author of the book “Economic Evaluation in Clinical Trials” published by Oxford University Press.