Mark Schlesinger, PhD

Department Chair and Professor of Public Health (Health Policy)

Research Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health

Obesity Research Working Group

Yale Institute for Global Health

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Interests

Consumer Behavior; Health Policy; Ownership; Patient Advocacy; Policy Making; Public Opinion

Research Summary

Professor Schlesinger's research focuses on three topics. The first explores ways in which the general public and policymakers make sense of and communicate about complex social issues, as well as how they evaluate policies to address those issues. This research examines the determinants of public opinion, the role of political framing, and the importance of norms of fairness in policy assessment. The second set of research examines the impact of ownership on the delivery of health and social services. These studies explore the comparative performance of nonprofit, for-profit and public health care agencies, the nature of public expectations involving ownership, and the extent to which ownership is related to trust in and trustworthiness of medical care. The third set of research examines the attitudinal and behavioral underpinnings of medical consumerism, comparing the effectiveness of exit versus voice to improve medical markets, and identifying the barriers to effective consumer empowerment.


  • AYA Talk Portland, United States (2015)

    Consumer Engagement in Health Care Reform

  • DIPEx International Oxford, United Kingdom; Freiburg, Germany; Sydney, Australia; Toronto, Canada (2014)

    An international consortium of qualitative and mixed methods researchers, studying how best to elicit and publcly report patient narratives about their experiences with health care.

  • Health Policy and National Values: America and Canada Canada (2008 - 2008)

    Professor Schlesinger worked with McMaster University on a comparison of Canadian and American values that legitimize forms of health policy. This project has been completed.

Selected Publications

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Contact Info

Mark Schlesinger, PhD
Office Location
60 College Street, Ste 304
New Haven, CT 06510
Mailing Address
Health Policy & ManagementPO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034

Curriculum Vitae