Joe Newhouse Honored as PhD Program in Health Policy Celebrates 25 Years

October 3, 2016

Newhouse Speaks Award Ceremony Joseph Newhouse founded and chaired Harvard’s PhD Program in Health Policy for 25 years before stepping down in June 2016, when he was honored at an event to celebrate the program’s anniversary.

Held at the Boston Public Library, the event coincided with the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting. David Cutler led the night’s program, and speakers included Alan Garber, Melinda Beeuwkes Buntin (who graduated from the program in 2000), Newhouse and Kathy Swartz, former director of graduate studies.

Many paid tribute to Newhouse and Swartz in person and through video, including current and former students, HKS dean Doug Elmendorf; Sherry Glied, dean of NYU’s Wagner School of Public Policy; Gail Wilensky, senior fellow at Project Hope; David Blumenthal, president of The Commonwealth Fund; and Leonard Schaeffer, Judge Robert Maclay Widney Chair and Professor at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at USC.

David Cutler will chair the Committee on Higher Degrees; Newhouse is remaining on the committee and chairing the economics track.

Newhouse said in an issue of Colloquy, “Seeing this program take hold and its graduates flourish in their careers has been one of the most gratifying accomplishments of my professional career.”

To see photos of the event, go here

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