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In an effort to reduce chronic disease burden on the workforce, both public and private initiatives have promoted the rapid expansion of workplace wellness programs to encourage healthy behavior. Despite enthusiasm about these programs, evidence for their effectiveness remains mixed. The major reasons postulated for these mixed results include low participation rates, heterogeneity in program design and non-existent or poorly designed evaluations. In this dissertation, I attempted to address the gaps in the research on program components, their interactions and provide a method for evidence-based evaluation.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Understanding the relationship between incentive design and participation in US workplace wellness programs

  • Chapter Three

    Is more always better when it comes to workplace wellness program design?

  • Chapter Four

    Development of the Wellness Program Evaluation Tool

  • Chapter Five


  • Appendix A

    WPET user manual

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This document was submitted as a dissertation in December 2016 in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctoral degree in public policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The faculty committee that supervised and approved the dissertation consisted of Christian Van Stolk (Chair), Hangsheng Liu, and Jeanette May.

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