Jean Abraham, PhD

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Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health
Director, Master of Healthcare Administration Program
"I am driven by the desire to produce high quality research that can inform public policy efforts. I am also driven to be an effective teacher and to find ways to help students recognize linkages between what they learn in the classroom and what they will encounter in health care organizations."

Jean Abraham, PhD, is a professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management and is the director of the Master of Healthcare Administration Program in the School of Public Health. Dr. Abraham's interest in health care began as a young adult while helping her mother care for elderly parents whose health care needs required treatment from multiple physicians, hospitals, and long-term care providers. Abraham received her Ph.D. in public policy analysis and management from Carnegie Mellon University with specialization in the areas of health economics and policy. She is particularly interested in employer and employee decision-making with respect to health insurance, employer wellness program evaluation, and competition in provider and insurance markets. Abraham has a strong passion for teaching. She won the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program’s teaching award three times and the Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching in the School of Public Health in 2011. Dr. Abraham can discuss employer wellness programs and their effectiveness, MNsure, health reform and insurance issues, Medicare issues.