Peter Muennig

Peter Muennig

Peter Muennig

Associate Professor
Health Policy and Management


600 W 168th St., 6th FloorNew York NY US 10032
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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. He 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.



MPH, 1998, Columbia University
MD, 1994, University of California at San Diego
BS, 1989, University of California at Santa Barbara


Center for the Study of Social Inequalities and Health
National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)
Senior Advisor, Obesity Prevention Initiative

Editorial Boards

Global Public Health

Columbia 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 & 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

Areas of Expertise

Global Health, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Healthcare Policy, Welfare Programs, Women's Health, Reproductive Health, Poverty

Select Urban Health Activities

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: 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.

Select Global Activities

Burmese Refugee Project: 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 for more information.

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

Select 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, Jia H, Khan K. Hospitalization for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes mellitus among India-born persons: a small area analysis BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 4 19 2004

Muennig P, Franks P, Lubetkin E, Jia H, Gold MR. The burden of disease due to income Social Science and Medicine 2005

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 Designing and Conducting Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health and Medicine Jossey-Bass San Francisco, CA 2002

Muennig P, Fahs M The cost-effectiveness of post-secondary education subsidies Preventive Medicine 32 156-160 2001

Muennig P, Pallin D, Sell R, Chan, MS The cost effectiveness of strategies for the treatment of intestinal parasites in immigrants New England Journal of Medicine 340 773-779 1999

Muennig P, Franks P, Gold MR. The cost-effectiveness of health insurance American Journal of Preventive Medicine 28 59-64 2005

Franks P, Muennig P, Gold M. Is expanding Medicare coverage cost-effective? BMC Health Services Research 5(1) 23 2005

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

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