Jeffrey Wasserman

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Vice President, RAND Corporation; Director, RAND Health
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in public policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.S. in public policy analysis, B.A. in political science. University of Rochester

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Jeffrey Wasserman is vice president and director of RAND Health. He currently leads the National Health Security Strategy project, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and earlier led projects related to public health entrepreneurship and the relationship between law and public health emergency preparedness. He was co–principal investigator on RAND's Comprehensive Assessment of Reform Efforts (COMPARE) initiative and led a Gates Foundation–funded project on improving diagnostic tools for the developing world. Wasserman is a professor of public policy at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an instructor in the University of Southern California's International Public Policy and Management program, where he teaches a course on public policy formulation and implementation. Wasserman received his B.A. in political science and his M.S. in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester; his Ph.D. in public policy analysis is from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Recent Projects

  • Evaluation of federal, state, and local public health preparedness programs
  • Health care reform in the United States

Selected Publications

P.D. Jacobson, J. Wasserman, et al., "The Role of Law in Public Health Preparedness: Opportunities and Challenges," Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, 37(2), 2012

E.A. McGlynn, et al., "Could We Have Covered More People At Less Cost? Technically, Yes; Politically, Probably Not," Health Affairs, 29(6), 2010

Michael A. Stoto et al., Learning from Experience: The Public Health Response to West Nile Virus, SARS, Monkeypox, and Hepatitis A Outbreaks in the United States, RAND Corporation (TR-285), 2005

David J. Dausey et al., Tests to Evaluate Public Health Disease Reporting Systems in Local Public Health Agencies, RAND Corporation (TR-260), 2005

Nicole Lurie et al., Public Health Preparedness in California: Lessons Learned from Seven Health Jurisdictions, RAND Corporation (TR-181), 2004

Recent Media Appearances

Commentary: InsideSources; The Orange County Register; The Tennessean; United Press International


  • Jeff the Diseased Lung, a tobacco company mascot created by HBO comedy show 'Last Week Tonight'

    Last Week Tonight's Jeff the Diseased Lung Is No Joke

    John Oliver's "Jeff the Diseased Lung," a cross between a warning label on cigarette packs in Australia and the Marlboro Man, has gone viral while research shows cigarettes are responsible for even more premature deaths than previously thought.

    Feb 20, 2015 | The RAND Blog

  • An elderly man getting served a meal by his daughter

    Meeting the Caregivers Challenge

    Ill or injured military personnel and veterans and people with dementia are unique populations, but they give us a preview of the enormous long-term care challenges Americans will face in the decades to come.

    Aug 25, 2014 | The RAND Blog

  • smart phone and smart watch with mobile heart rate app

    How Technology Can Help Save Health Care Dollars

    Devising methods to stimulate patients' use of computers, smart phones, and other technology to become more engaged in their health care could usher in an era in which better health is just a click or tap away.

    May 6, 2014 | InsideSources

  • microscope

    Health Care Innovation: The Challenge Ahead

    Substantial progress could be made toward the goals of reducing spending and increasing value by altering the financial incentives faced by inventors, investors, payers, providers, and patients.

    Apr 22, 2014 | The RAND Blog

  • A teenage girl, as seen behind the wheel of a car.

    Take Charge with Teens' Auto Safety

    Driving is a risk that virtually all of us take on a daily basis. But we can do much to mitigate risks and protect our children, our community, and ourselves.

    Apr 21, 2014 | Orange County Register

  • heart jigsaw puzzle

    Health Matters

    Everyone should take the time to ask themselves what they can do to improve their health, and to support the health of friends, families, and communities. When it comes to good health, it takes a community.

    Feb 20, 2014 | The RAND Blog

  • U.S. currency, pills, syringes, stethoscope

    25 Small Ideas for Saving Big Health Care Dollars

    Given the size of the annual “health care spend”—$2.7 trillion—summing up the savings associated with very minor cost-saving policy changes is likely to achieve significant aggregate savings, writes Jeffrey Wasserman.

    Jan 30, 2013 |

  • Stick to Facts to Find Health-Care Change That Works

    The ferocity of the national debate over health care continues to build, and rhetoric has all but replaced reality. People on all sides of the issue appear to want anything but the facts, write Elizabeth McGlynn and Jeffrey Wasserman.

    Aug 29, 2009 | The Tennessean

  • Prepare the Public

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    Dec 30, 2004 | United Press International