Education & Experience

John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA is Professor of Public Health Practice in the Department of Health Policy & Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of Executive and Continuing Professional Education.

In 2010, he was the Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College in New York City.  Between 2008 and 2010, he served as a Senior Advisor on National Health Reform to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions where he worked on the development and passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Between 2003 and 2008, he served as Executive Director of Health Care for All, Massachusetts’ leading consumer health advocacy organization, where he played a key role in passage and implementation of the 2006 Massachusetts health reform law.  Between 1998 and 2003, he was an Associate Professor at the Heller School at Brandeis University and a Senior Associate at the Schneider Institute for Health Policy.  From 1985 to 1997, he served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives where he co-chaired the Joint Committee on Health Care.

His articles have appeared in Health Affairs, the New England Journal of Medicine and other journals.  He has written three books, Inside National Health Reform, published in September 2011 by the University of California Press and the Milbank Fund, Experiencing Politics: A Legislator’s Stories of Government and Health Care by the University of California Press and the Milbank Fund in 2000, and Interests, Ideas, and Deregulation: The Fate of Hospital Rate Setting by the University of Michigan Press in 1998.

He received a doctorate in public health in 1996 from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan and a master’s in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 1990.

Recent Publications

McDonough, JE. “The Demise of Vermont’s Single-Payer Plan.” New England Journal of Medicine. 2015;372: 1584-1585. April 23, 2015.

McDonough, JE. “The United States Health System in Transition.” Health Systems and Reform. 1:1; 39-51; 2015. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.4161/23288604.2014.969121

John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA1; Eli Y. Adashi, MD, MS. “In Defense of the Employer Mandate: Hedging Against Uninsurance.” JAMA. 2015;313(7):665-666. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.17658

“Wyden’s Waiver: State Innovation on Steroids. Journal of Health Policy, Politics, and Law. June 2014, 39(3). Available at: http://jhppl.dukejournals.org/content/early/2014/05/09/03616878-2744824.full.pdf+html

“Health System Reform in the United States.” International Journal of Health Policy and Management. 2014, 2(1),5-8. Available at: http://www.ijhpm.com/article_2801_602.html

“Budget Sequestration and the U.S. Health Sector.” New England Journal of Medicine. NEJM:2013; 368: 1269-1271. April 4, 2013. Available at: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1303266

Inside National Health Reform. University of California Press and the Milbank Fund. 2011. Available at: http://www.ijhpm.com/article_2801_602.html

He blogs regularly at Health Stew, available at: https://healthstew.com/