Alan B. Cohen, Sc.D., is a Research Professor in the Markets, Public Policy, and Law Department at the Boston University Questrom School of Business, and Professor of Health Law, Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health. He currently serves as Editor of The Milbank Quarterly, a leading multidisciplinary journal of population health and health policy. From 1992 to 2016, he directed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program and, from 2013 to 2018, he also directed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program. At BU since 1994, he was Executive Director of the University’s Health Policy Institute from 2003 to 2013, and directed the Questrom School’s Health Care MBA Program from 1994 to 2003. Earlier in his career, Dr. Cohen held faculty positions at Johns Hopkins University and Brandeis University, and was Vice President for Research and Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He has co-authored Technology in American Health Care: Policy Directions for Effective Evaluation and Management (U. Michigan, 2004), co-edited Medicare and Medicaid at 50: America’s Entitlement Programs in the Era of Affordable Care (Oxford, 2015), and co-edited “The Politics and Challenges of Achieving Health Equity” for the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law (Duke, 2017). Dr. Cohen is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and was a member of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems from 2013 to 2015. He received his B.A. in psychology with honors from the University of Rochester, and his M.S. and Sc.D. in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
The Milbank Quarterly's centennial anniversary issue, The Future of Population Health: Major Challenges and Opportunities, honors the journal’s legacy by looking ahead. Articles examine climate change, policing as a social determinant of health, the next alternative payment models, and much more.