Jeffrey Wasserman

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Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Adjunct Policy Researcher, RAND
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


Jeffrey Wasserman is a professor of public policy at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an adjunct policy resarcher at the RAND Corporation. For over 30 years, Wasserman led projects related to a wide range of health policy issues, including health care reform, tobacco control, public health emergency preparedness, health care safety nets, and quality of care. 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.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses

Recent Projects

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

Recent Media Appearances

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


  • People work out at an outdoor exercise area at Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx, New York City, September 13, 2012

    Putting Health into the Health Care Debate

    How much return is the United States getting for spending over 17 percent of its gross domestic product on health care? Not nearly enough. The health care debate should focus on improving population health and ensuring the country is getting the biggest bang for its bucks.

    Dec 10, 2016 U.S. News & World Report

  • Over 5,000 weapons confiscated from criminals in Los Angeles County and collected through a gun buyback program were  melted and reformed as steel in Rancho Cucamonga, California, July 2013

    Gun Violence: Where Is the Research That Might Save Lives?

    Gun violence is an important public health problem that accounts for more than 33,000 deaths each year in the United States but in 1996, Congress stripped the CDC of funding for any research that could be associated with gun control advocacy. The lack of CDC funding has deterred researchers.

    Nov 5, 2015 Newsweek

  • Alpine skier jumping from hill

    He Lived Cautiously, and Then Died Suddenly

    After his father's unexpected death, RAND's Jeffrey Wasserman questions his instinct to always play it safe, and decides what risks in life are worth taking.

    May 15, 2015 Los Angeles Times

  • 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 The RAND Blog

  • 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