Jeanne S. Ringel

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Director, Population Health Program; Senior Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in economics, University of Maryland, College Park; M.A. in economics, University of Maryland, College Park

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Jeanne S. Ringel is a senior economist and director of the Population Health Program at the RAND Corporation, a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and an adjunct associate professor at the University of Southern California.

Ringel is skilled in qualitative and quantitative methods and has substantial experience leading research teams and working with governments, community-based organizations, and private companies. She has researched such topics as public health preparedness, health care financing and organization, and substance abuse. Ringel has provided technical support to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in developing the National Health Security Strategy and its implementation plan. She has participated in a series of projects for HHS on pandemic influenza, including reviewing the national pandemic influenza preparedness plan, developing benchmarks and milestones for gauging progress toward pandemic preparedness, developing a pandemic influenza decisionmaking guide, and evaluating the federal response to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Ringel contributed to the development of RAND COMPARE, a microsimulation model assessing the effect of health reform on coverage and costs and was part of a team that used the model to estimate the effects of the Affordable Care Act. She co-led a series of projects funded by the Veterans' Administration (VA) that modeled differences in treatment costs between the VA's regional networks in an effort to improve the VA's budget allocation methods. Ringel is working on supporting the VA in modernizing its health care system.

Ringel earned her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses

Recent Projects

  • Supporting the Development of the National Health Security Strategy
  • Assessing Hospital Surge Capacity
  • Developing a National Adult Immunization Plan
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis of Interventions to Reduce Motor Vehicle Injuries and Deaths
  • Modernizing the VA Health System

Selected Publications

Timbie J., Ringel J.S., et al., "Systematic Review of Strategies to Manage and Allocate Scarce Resources During Mass Casualty Events," Annals of Emergency Medicine (forthcoming)

Ringel J.S., Huang C.Y., Morganti K.G., Evaluation of the Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response and Associated Toolkit, RAND (RR-307-CTSE), 2013

Kilburn R., Ringel J.S., Nolind R., Coombe A., Smith A., "Emergency Planning Guide for Child-Serving Organizations," Promising Practices Network (, 2011

Ringel J.S., Wasserman J. "The Public Health System in the Wake of 9/11: Progress Made and Challenges Remaining," in Brian Michael Jenkins and John Paul Godges, The Long Shadow of 9/11 America's Response to Terrorism, RAND Corporation (MG-1107), 2011

DeRose K., Gresenz C., Ringel J.S., "Understanding Disparities In Health Care Access--And Reducing Them--Through A Focus On Public Health," Health Affairs, 30(10):1844-1851, 2011

Ringel J.S., Eibner C., Girosi F., Cordova A., McGlynn E., "Modeling Health Care Policy Alternatives," Health Services Research, 45(5):1541-1558, 2010

Ringel J., Chandra A., Williams M.V., et al., Enhancing Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Populations: A Toolkit for State and Local Planning and Response, RAND (TR-681-DHHS), 2009

Ringel J., Adelson M., Harris K.M., Khodyakov D., Lurie N., Improving the Impact and Effectiveness of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, RAND (TR-752-NVPO), 2009

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Cleveland Plain Dealer; Health & Medicine Week


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    Apr 4, 2016 ITE Journal

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    The Disneyland Measles Outbreak: 'Anti-Vaxxers' Aren't the Only Issue

    The recent measles outbreak that began in Disneyland is the latest reminder that Americans have ceded ground in the fight against the potentially deadly disease. So-called 'anti-vaxxer' parents have received a lot of attention following the outbreak, but they may comprise less of the population than you think.

    Mar 17, 2015 The Press-Enterprise

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    Germs Go Back to School, Too: Five Ways to Protect Your Kids

    With kids working and playing in close contact and sharing supplies and equipment, schools can be hotbeds for infection. Each year, K-12 students miss about 60 million school days due to colds and the flu combined. But these five approaches can help reduce their chance of spreading infections and getting sick.

    Aug 25, 2014 The RAND Blog

  • Medical staff put on protective gear before taking a sample from a suspected Ebola patient in Kenema, Sierra Leone, July 10, 2014

    Six Takeaways from the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

    No amount of research can save those who've already perished from Ebola in West Africa, but our capacity to learn from such tragedies is a silver lining that has historically enhanced global resilience to disease. With that in mind, here are six key lessons from the outbreak.

    Aug 8, 2014 The RAND Blog