Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Population Health and Health Equity Professor
  • Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
  • Professor of Health Care Management
  • Professor of Family and Community Health

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Past Courses


    This introductory course takes a policy and politics angle to health care's three persistent issues - access, cost and quality. The roles of patients, physicians, hospitals, insurers, and pharmaceutical companies will be established. The interaction between the government and these different groups will also be covered. Current national health care policy initiatives and the interests of class members will steer the specific topics covered in the course. The course aims to provide skills for critical and analytical thought about the U.S. health care system and the people in it.


    This course will explore the effects of the changing health care environment on the physician, patient and health care manager. It is intended for any undergraduate with an interest in how 1/6th of the American economy is organized as well as those planning careers as health care providers and managers. The course complements other health care courses (that take a societal perspective) by focusing on the individuals who participate in the health care enterprise. There are no prerequisites, as the course will stand on its own content. The course will be divided into modules that focus on the participants of the health care process and the process itself. We will analyze the patient, the doctor, and manager in light of the patient-doctor interaction, the turbulent health care marketplace, expensive new technologies,resource allocation, and ethics.


How Time of Day Affects Shoppers’ Appetite for Variety

New Wharton research finds that shoppers are more likely to seek variety in their buying decisions later in the day.

Knowledge @ Wharton - 2018/09/24
How Can Social Media Firms Tackle Hate Speech?

Social media companies want to create a “safe” environment for users, and yet they would like to be seen as upholding the American value of free speech. When it comes to hate speech, what should they do?

Knowledge @ Wharton - 2018/09/22
Could Fracking Debt Set off Big Financial Tremors?

The U.S. fracking industry could implode when investors begin to demand “real returns” -- triggering wider damage, according to a new book.

Knowledge @ Wharton - 2018/09/21