Stephen A. Bezruchka

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Senior Lecturer, Health Services
Senior Lecturer, Global Health


MPH   Johns Hopkins University, 1993   (International Health)
MD   Stanford University, 1973   (Medicine)
AM   Harvard University, 1967   (Mathematics)
BSc   University of Toronto (Canada), 1966   (Mathematics, Physics)

Contact Info


office:   H690C, Health Sciences Building

Department of Health Services
UW School of Public Health
Seattle, WA 98195-7660

campus box:   357660
voice:   206-616-2901
fax:   206-685-4184


Stephen Bezruchka also works with the Department of Global Health MPH program. He has spent over 10 years in Nepal working in various health programs, and teaching in remote regions. He tries to draw attention to the socioeconomic determinants of the health of populations.

Effective methods of disseminating determinants of population health to the general population so they work to change societal structures to improve America's health; theories of global health asking the question why do countries order by health outcomes such as life expectancy in the Health Olympics?; medical harm and the lack of interest in the USA for responding to this marked health risk; medical tourism and its affect on host populations

SciVal Experts Profile

  • G H 514   (eMPH)
    Global Societal Determinants of Health
  • HSERV 482
    The Health of Populations
  • HSERV 490
    A Practical Introduction to Ethnographic Methods in Public Health
  • HSERV 531   (COPHP)
    COPHP Population Health

Mahat A, Bezruchka SA, Gonzales V, Connell FA. Assessment of graduate public health education in Nepal and perceived needs of faculty and students. Hum Resour Health. 2013 Apr 26;11(1):16. doi: 10.1186/1478-4491-11-16.  PMID: 23621945    PMCID: PMC3640966

Bezruchka S. The hurrider I go the behinder I get: the deteriorating international ranking of U.S. health status. Annu Rev Public Health. 2012 Apr;33:157-73. Epub 2012 Jan 3.  PMID: 22224875

Bezruchka S, Health Equity in the USA, Social Alternatives. 2010 29(3): 50-56.

Bezruchka S. The effect of economic recession on population health. CMAJ. 2009 Sep 1;181(5):281-5.  PMID: 19720709    PMCID: PMC2734206

Bezruchka S, Namekata T, Sistrom MG. Interplay of politics and law to promote health: improving economic equality and health: the case of postwar Japan. Am J Public Health. 2008 Apr;98(4):589-94. Epub 2008 Feb 28.  PMID: 18309129    PMCID: PMC2376982

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Chair, capstone for Lindsay Sharma
Advocacy for family medical leave insurance in Washington State: Disseminating working mothers' stories

Member, thesis committee for Heidi Berthoud
Knowledge, attitudes, and practices surrounding water access during a cholera outbreak: A comparison of two communities in the Puerto Plata Region, Dominican Republic

Chair, thesis committee for Dunia Faulx
The social determinants of health as part of the medical school curriculum: An exploratory analysis of domestic and international medical schools

Chair, capstone for Valerie Pacino
Ouch surfing: Building an evidence-to-policy pipeline to get killer chemicals out of couches

Member, capstone for Xeno Acharya
Barriers and facilitators of forming an infection prevention and control program at Gondar University Hospital, North Ethiopia - a case study

Chair, capstone for Jennifer Nguyen
Higher-education training manual and toolkit for refugee community leaders in Washington

Member, capstone for Frank Scarabino
Age as a risk factor in scuba diving injuries

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