Jessica A. R. Williams, Ph.D.
Education and Training
Stanford University: Bachelor of Arts - Economics
University of Michigan: Master of Arts - Economics
University of California, Los Angeles: Doctor of Philosophy - Health Policy and Management
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar (Post-Doc)
My research agenda has two primary lines of inquiry: (1) assessing how organizational policies impact workers' health and injury rates, and (2) how different levels of prevention can ameliorate or exacerbate health disparities. I employ conceptual models from a host of disciplines, including social epidemiology, health services, economics, and occupational health psychology. Using econometric methods, I provide empirically rigorous answers to how organizational policies in workplaces and communites can alter the social determinants of health.
My broad goals as an educator are to: provide students with a robust understanding of critical concepts; improve analytical skills; and motivate students to explore issues of public health, population health, health policy, and research methods. It is vital for students at all levels to become knowledgeable consumers of research - who value theory and empirical work and who aren't afraid to change their minds if confronted with new evidence. Currently, I primarily teach in the doctoral program for Health Policy and Management and Master of Health Services Administration degree program within the Department of Population Health.
- HP&M 822: Health Economics
- HP&M 910: Research Methods I