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

  • G H 514   (eMPH)
    Global Societal Determinants of Health
  • HSERV 476
    Introduction to Applied Ethnographic Methods in Public Health
  • HSERV 482
    The Health of Populations
  • HSERV 531   (COPHP)
    COPHP Population Health

Bezruchka, S., Inequality Kills. In D. C. Johnston (Ed.), Divided: the perils of our growing inequality. 2014. New York: New Press.

Bezruchka, S., Early Life Or Early Death: Support For Child Health Lasts A Lifetime. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 2015, 6(2), 204-229.

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., American Experiences. In D. Raphael (Ed.), Tackling Health Inequalities: Lessons from International Experiences. 2012. (pp. 33-62). Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.

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