Michael R. Reich
Taro Takemi Research Professor of International Health Policy
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
United States of America
Michael R. Reich is the Taro Takemi Research Professor of International Health Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 1981 and has been a member of the Harvard faculty since 1983. He has served as Chair of the Department of Global Health and Population and as Director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies; he continues as Director of the Takemi Program in International Health. Dr. Reich has longstanding research interests in the political economy of health reform, pharmaceutical policy, and access to medicines. He coauthored a leading textbook on health systems, Getting Health Reform Right: A Guide to Improving Performance and Equity (Oxford University Press, 2004, with M.J. Roberts, W.C. Hsiao, and P. Berman). He has taught in the World Bank’s Flagship Course on Health System Strengthening and Sustainable Financing since the course started and currently serves as director of the global course. Since the early 1990s, Dr. Reich has worked with David Cooper on a Windows-based software program for applied political analysis. This tool, called PolicyMaker, provides a computer-assisted guide for strategic political thinking about policy reform. The software is available for free on the Internet (click here). Many of his publications are available on his Harvard faculty website (click here). He is founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Health Systems & Reform (click here), now completing its fourth year of publication. In April 2015, the government of Japan announced in its Spring Honors List the award of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, to Professor Reich, for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of Japan’s policy for global public health as well as for advancing public health in Japan (click here). In November 2016, Dr. Reich received the Award for Lifetime Service to the Field of Health Policy and Systems Research from the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research and from Health Systems Global.