Jonathan Oberlander

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Professor and Chair, Social Medicine
Professor, Health Policy & Management
Adjunct Professor, Political Science

PhD 1995, Political Science, Yale University
MPhil 1993, Political Science, Yale University
MA 1990, Political Science, Yale University
BA 1989, Political Science, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Jonathan Oberlander is professor and chair of Social Medicine and professor of Health Policy & Management at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  He also holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Political Science.  His research interests include health care politics and policy, health care reform, Medicare, American politics, and public policy.

Dr. Oberlander is author of The Political Life of Medicare (University of Chicago Press, 2003).  He is also co-editor of the 3-volume series The Social Medicine Reader, 2nd ed., (Duke University Press, 2005).  His articles have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Health Affairs, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and Law & Contemporary Problems.  Recent articles have examined topics ranging from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit to lessons from past health reform episodes and the fight over renewing the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  Dr. Oberlander is currently working on a book project on the politics of health reform.  He is also working on a series of articles about cost control and health reform during the Obama administration.

In the School of Medicine, Dr. Oberlander teaches in the first-year Medicine & Society course and also teaches a seminar on health care policy to second-year medical students.  In the Department of Health Policy & Management, he teaches courses on health care reform to masters, Ph.D., and DrPH students in the School of Public Health.

Oberlander holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from Yale University, and a B.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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Fax: 919.966.7499

Post: Jonathan Oberlander / CB #7240, Department of Social Medicine / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill / Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7240