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Stephen A. Bezruchka

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Associate Teaching Professor Emeritus, Health Systems and Population 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:   206-932-4928
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

Davenport TE, DeVoght AC, Sisneros H, Bezruchka S. Navigating the Intersection Between Persistent Pain and the Opioid Crisis: Population Health Perspectives for Physical Therapy. Phys Ther. 2020 Jun 23;100(6):995-1007. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzaa031.  PMID: 32115638

Matthews-Trigg N, Citrin D, Halliday S, Acharya B, Maru S, Bezruchka S, Maru D. Understanding perceptions of global healthcare experiences on provider values and practices in the USA: a qualitative study among global health physicians and program directors. BMJ Open. 2019 Apr 3;9(4):e026020. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026020.  PMID: 30948593

Burtle A, Bezruchka S. Population Health and Paid Parental Leave: What the United States Can Learn from Two Decades of Research. Healthcare (Basel). 2016 Jun 1;4(2). pii: E30. doi: 10.3390/healthcare4020030. Review.  PMID: 27417618    PMCID: PMC4934583
PubMed Central

Bezruchka, S., Inequality Kills. In D. C. Johnston (Ed.), Divided: the perils of our growing inequality. 2014. New York: New Press.
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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.
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Chair, thesis committee for Allison Lowenstein
Physician beliefs about population health in the US

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