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Peter A. Muennig

Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management

Dr. Muennig's work primarily focuses on the cost-effectivenss of competing medical and non-medical social policies in improving population health. He uses randomized trials and cost-effectiveness analyses together to develop causal models to study the most efficient mix of medical and non-medical policies for maximizing health in the U.S. and elsewhere. His work has focused on education interventions, housing, health systems, immigration, environmental policies and welfare policies.┬áHe has also worked as a consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Canadian government, and the Chinese government on immigration policy, health system development, and urban health. He has been published over 70 research papers and has authored two textbooks on cost-effectiveness analysis. His work has appeared on NPR, CNN, MSNBC and multiple times in major print media sources, such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Slate.   View Faculty CV here (PDF).
Education & Training:

    MPH, 1998, Columbia University

    MD, 1994, University of California at San Diego

    BS, 1989, University of California at Santa Barbara


Mailman School Affiliations:

University Affiliations:

  • Columbia Population Research Center  
  • Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy  

Additional Affiliations:

  • American Public Health Association, 1996-Present
  • Society for Medical Decision Making, 2001-Present
  • Transportation Alternatives, 2006-Present
Honors and Awards:
  • Hanwang Initiative Health Panel, 2012
  • Health Affairs most read article, 2010
  • Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy, 2010
  • ASPH/Pfizer Early Career in Public Health Teaching Award, 2008
  • Academy of Distinguished Teachers, 2008
  • Selected Editorial Boards

    • Global Public Health
New York City
    Immigrant Health
    I conduct a wide array of research focused on understanding the health needs of immigrant populations to New York and to the United States. Immigrants constitute about 40% of the New York population, so New York serves as one laboratory for understanding why immigrants are healthier than the average native-born American.

    Opportunity NYC Project URL: http://www.nyc.gov/html/ceo/html/programs/opportunity_nyc.shtml

    I served as a consultant to MDRC, the organization charged with the evaluation of Opportunity NYC.

    Why is New York City Healthier than others?
    I am engaged in a study exploring the contributions of immigration, gentrification, and social polices to the health of NYC residents that might explain the large gains in life expectancy seen in the city over the past 2 decades.

    Burmese Refugee Project Project URL: http://www.pceo.org/BRP.htm

    We seek to afford stateless children the opportunity to obtain a high quality education and lead healthy and productive lives. We do so via schooling, sanitation, vaccination, and clean water initiatives. We also run a Montessori school. Please see http://www.burmeserefugeeproject.org/ for more information.

    I have worked for various organizations and governments, including the Chilean Ministry of Health and Health Canada.

    Banyan Center Project URL: http://www.banyancenter.org/

Selected Publications:
  • 64. Wilde ET, Rozen Z, Muennig P. Welfare reform is associated with increased mortality. American Journal of Public Health. TBA TBA 2013
  • 29. Muennig P, Woolf S. The Cost-Effectiveness of Education as a Health Intervention: An Analysis of the Health and Economic Benefits of Reducing the Size of Classes. American Journal of Public Health 97 2020-7 2007
  • Muennig P, Robertson D, Johnson G, Campbell F, Pungello E, Neidel M The effect of an early education program on adult health: the Carolina Abecedarian Project randomized controlled trial American Journal of Public Health Published online ahead of print January 13, 2011 2011
  • Muennig P, Johnson G, Wilde ET The effect of small class sizes on mortality through age 29: evidence from a multi-center randomized controlled trial American Journal of Epidemiology Pending Pending 2011
  • Muennig P, Fiscella K, Tancredi D, Franks P. The relative health burden of selected social and behavioral risk factors in the United States. American Journal of Public Health Dec. 17, 2009 epub ahead of print. American Journal of Public Health 2010
  • Muennig P The social costs of childhood lead exposure in the post-lead regulation era. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 163(9): 844-849 2009
  • Khan K, Muennig P, Behta M, Zivin JG Global drug-resistance patterns and the management of latent tuberculosis infection in immigrants to the United States New England Journal of Medicine 347 1850-1859 2002
  • Muennig P, Pallin D, Challah C, Khan K. The cost-effectiveness of ivermectin versus albendazole in the presumptive treatment of strongyloidiasis in immigrants to the United States Epidemiology and Infection 132 1055-1063 2004
  • Muennig P, Schweinhart L, Montie J, Neidell M The effect of a pre-kindergarten education intervention on adult health: 40-year follow up results of a randomized controlled trial American Journal of Public Health 99 1431-1437 2009
  • Muennig P, Fahs M The cost-effectiveness of post-secondary education subsidies Preventive Medicine 32 156-160 2001

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