Michael Gusmano, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Programs

(610) 758-3116

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Gusmano joins the COH this fall semester and will teach Introduction to Community Health.

Gusmano brings to the COH more than 25 years of experience, including his most recent role as the director of the health systems and policy concentration at the Rutgers University School of Public Health. Gusmano's research interests have included the politics of health care reform, comparative health systems, and normative theories of policy analysis.

“I am excited to join the College of Health at Lehigh University. The College’s mission of using the tools of social science to advance our understanding of population health fit well with the goals of my research and teaching.”

Gusmano will continue his role as a research scholar at The Hastings Center, for which he researches health care equity across the globe, and the ethics of emerging technologies, to support the center’s mission of addressing social and ethical issues in healthcare, science, and technology. 

Gusmano led groundbreaking research comparing the performance of health, social, and long-term care systems across multiple cities worldwide as the co-director of the World Cities Project. He was also awarded Best Article from the American Political Science Association's Organized Section on Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations for his research on the evolving role of the administrative presidency in shaping health policy in the U.S., and he is the recipient of an excellence in teaching award from the  Rutgers University School of Public Health’s Student Government Organization.

Gusmano conducted his post-doctorate at Yale University, received a Ph.D. and M.A. in American politics at the University of Maryland at College Park, and received an M.A. in health policy and a B.A. in political science from the State University of New York at Albany.


  • Yale University, Post-Doctorate
  • University of Maryland at College Park, Ph.D. and M.A.
  • State University of New York at Albany, M.A. and B.A.