Jennifer Prah Ruger
Jennifer Prah Ruger is the Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy (with a secondary appointment in the Perelman School of Medicine) and is the director of SP2’s Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP) program. She also serves as SP2’s inaugural Associate Dean for Global Studies and Faculty Chair at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP). The Faculty Chair will work with other SP2 Faculty Fellows to help increase synergies between CHIP and the School. She is a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.
Her educational background includes a Master of Studies in Law from Yale University, a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University, and a Master of Science in Comparative Social Research from Oxford University.
Ruger is an internationally recognized leader in global and domestic health equity – she works at the intersection of economics, ethics, policy and health, producing findings unavailable from the application of only one discipline. As well, Ruger’s national and global research has influenced global and domestic policy, she conducts collaborative research around the globe, including in Ghana, Malawi, Malaysia, Morocco, South Korea, South Africa, Vietnam, India, and Indonesia.
She was speechwriter to the President of the World Bank, served on the health and development satellite secretariat of the WHO Director General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland’s Transition Team, was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Board on Global Health and was recently reappointed to another term by University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann to Chair the University’s Social Responsibility Advisory Committee.
Ruger has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, Greenwall Faculty Scholar Award in Bioethics, Donaghue Investigator Award, NIH Career Development Award, Labelle Lectureship and Mark DeWolfe Howe Research Award at Harvard University. She is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
YALE UNIVERSITY 2011
M.S.L., Law School, Master of Studies in Law
HARVARD UNIVERSITY 1998
Ph.D., Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Health Policy
(Dissertation Committee: Amartya Sen (chair), Joseph Newhouse, Jerry Green)
OXFORD UNIVERSITY, U.K. 1992
M.Sc., Comparative Social Research
FLETCHER SCHOOL OF LAW AND DIPLOMACY, TUFTS UNIVERSITY 1991
M.A., International Relations
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-BERKELEY 1988
B.A., Honors Program in Political Economy
Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics - School of Social Policy & Practice and Perelman School of Medicine; Associate Dean for Global Studies - School of Social Policy & Practice; Senior Fellow - Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Perelman School of Medicine
School of Social Policy & Practice
Health, Equity, and Economics
Past and Present Public Policy Affiliations
- Institute of Medicine (IOM)
- Institute of Medicine (IOM) Board on Global Health, Member, 2010 – 2013
- Institute of Medicine and National Research Council Policy Working Group, Committee for PEPFAR Evaluation, Member, 2011–2013
- Institute of Medicine and National Research Council Health Systems Working Group, Committee for PEPFAR Evaluation, Member, 2011–2013
- Institute of Medicine and National Research Council Committee for PEPFAR Evaluation, Member, 2010–2013
- Institute of Medicine Working Group Meeting on Global Health Governance, Committee on the U.S. Commitment to Global Health, Participant, 2008
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Ethics Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee to the Director, CDC, Member, 2009-2013 Evaluation Workgroup, CDC, Member, 2012-2013
- Non-Communicable Disease Workgroup, CDC, Member, 2011-2013
- Travel Restrictions Workgroup, CDC, Member, 2010-2013
- Case Development Workgroup, CDC, Member, 2010-2013
- American Public Health Association (APHA)
- Ethics Special Primary Interest Group (SPIG), American Public Health Association, Chair, 2010-2011
- Ethics SPIG, American Public Health Association, Chair Elect, 2009-2010 American Public Health Association, Member, (APHA)
- Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA)
- Human Development and Capability Association, Health and Disability Thematic Group, Co-Coordinator, 2011 –
- Human Development and Capability Association, Member, 2004 –
- Human Development and Capability Association, Health and Disability Thematic Group, Coordinator, 2004-2011
- Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)
- Education Sub-Committee: Master’s and Undergraduate Degrees in Global Health, Member, 2016 –
- Additional Professional Organization Membership
- Council on Foreign Relations, Elected Lifetime Member
- AcademyHealth, Member
- American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), Member
- International Studies Association (ISA), Global Health Studies Section, Member
- International Health Economics Association (iHEA), Member
Ruger JP (2015). Good Medical Ethics, Justice and Provincial Globalism, Journal of Medical Ethics, 41(1), 103-6.
Ruger JP (2015). Ethics of Development Assistance for Health, Hastings Center Report, 45(3), 23-26.
Ruger JP, Ruger TW, Annas GJ (2015). The Elusive Right to Health Care under U.S. Law, New England Journal of Medicine, 372(26), 2558-63.
Ruger JP (2015). Governing for the Common Good, Health Care Analysis, 23(4), 341-51.
Ruger JP. Hammonds R, Ooms G, Barry D, Chapman A, and Van Damme W (2015). From Conceptual Pluralism to Practical Agreement on Policy: Global Responsibility and the Case for a Global Fund for Health, BMC International Health and Human Rights, 15, 30-36.
Ruger JP (2015). Health Economics and Ethics and the Health Capability Paradigm, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 16(4), 1-18.
Ruger JP (2014). The World Bank and Global Health: Time For a Renewed Focus on Health Policy, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 68(1), 1-2.
Gomez E, Ruger JP (2014). The Global and Domestic Politics of Health Policy in Emerging Nations, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 40(1), 3-11.
Ng NY and Ruger JP (2014). Ethics and Social Value Judgments in Public Health, In Encyclopedia of Health Economics, Vol. 1, Elsevier, 287-91.
Ng NY and Ruger JP (2014). Global Justice, In Bioethics, 4th Edition, Macmillan Reference USA, 1353-62.
Ruger JP (2013). A Global Health Constitution for Global Health Governance, Proceedings of the Annual Meeting (American Society of International Law), 107, 267-70.
Ruger JP (2013). Global Health Governance as Shared Health Governance, In The Globalization of Health Care: Legal and Ethical Issues, Oxford University Press, 381-402.
Ruger JP (2012). Global Health Governance as Shared Health Governance, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 66(7), 653-61.
Ruger JP, and Lazar CM (2012). Economic Evaluation of Pharmaco- and Behavioral Therapies for Smoking Cessation: A Critical and Systematic Review of Empirical Research, Annual Review of Public Health, 33, 279-305.
Ruger JP, Lewis LM, and Richter CJ (2012). Patterns and Factors Associated with Intensive Utilization of Emergency Department Services: Implications for Allocating Resources, American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 30(9), 1884-94.
Ruger JP (2012). An Alternative Framework for Analyzing Financial Protection in Health, PLoS Medicine, 9(8).
Ruger JP (2012). Global Health Justice and Governance, American Journal of Bioethics, 12(12), 35-54.
Ruger JP, Jamison DT, Bloom DE, and Canning D (2012). Health and the Economy, In Global Health: Diseases, Programs, Systems, and Policies, 3rd Edition, Jones and Bartlett Learning, 757-814.
Ruger JP (2012). Global Health Justice, In Leadership and Global Justice, Palgrave Macmillan, 113-29.
Ruger JP (2011). Shared Health Governance, American Journal of Bioethics, 11(7): 32-45.
Ng NY, and Ruger JP (2011). Global Health Governance at a Crossroads, Global Health
Governance, 3(2), 1-37.
Ruger JP (2011). Responses to Peer Commentaries on ‘Shared Health Governance’, American Journal of Bioethics, 11(7), W1-W3.
Ruger JP (2010). Health and Social Justice*, Oxford University Press.
Ruger JP (2010). Health Capability: Conceptualization and Operationalization, American Journal of Public Health, 100(1), 41-9.