UMDNJ Professor Named New Editor of Public Health Journal
PISCATAWAY—Dr. Alan C. Monheit, a professor of Health Economics at the UMDNJ-School of Public Health, has been named the new editor of the health policy journal INQUIRY (http://www.inquiryjournal.org), a peer-reviewed scholarly journal now in its 44th year of publication. Dr. Monheit is also the associate director of the Center for Health Economics and Health Policy at the UMDNJ-School of Public Health. He is a research professor at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research and the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
"Everyone at our school congratulates Dr. Monheit on this singular honor," said Dr. Audrey Gotsch, dean of the school. "His career achievements as a scholar and public health advocate make him uniquely qualified to lead such a prestigious journal. He will bring an enthusiastic and knowledgeable voice to the pages of Inquiry."
Prior to joining UMDNJ, Dr. Monheit was director of the Division of Social and Economic Research at the Center for Cost and Financing Studies at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). He also previously held research positions at the Health Policy Institute and School of Medicine at Boston University. His research interests include the relationship between employment and health insurance coverage, demand for health insurance, health insurance dynamics, the uninsured population, the distribution of health care expenditures, regulation of health insurance markets, and the relationship between socioeconomic status and health.
Dr. Monheit's work has been published in numerous professional journals and he served as co-editor for two books: State Insurance Market Reform: Toward Inclusive and Sustainable Health Insurance Markets; and Informing American Health Care Policy: The Dynamics of Medical Expenditure and Insurance Surveys, 1977-1996. He was a member of President Clinton's Health Reform Task Force and has been a technical adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Health Insurance Association of America. In 1993, he received the first Administrator’s Award for Health Services Research from the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.
To request an interview with Dr. Monheit, please contact Jerry Carey, UMDNJ News Service, at (856) 566-6171 or (973) 972-3000.
The UMDNJ-School of Public Health is sponsored by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in cooperation with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and New Jersey Institute of Technology.
UMDNJ is the nation's largest free-standing public health sciences university with more than 5,500 students attending the state's three medical schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and its only school of public health, on five campuses. Last year, there were more than two million patient visits to UMDNJ facilities and faculty at campuses in Newark, New Brunswick/Piscataway, Scotch Plains, Camden and Stratford. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, a mental health and addiction services network.