Since joining the Harvard faculty in 1969, Marc Roberts has taught economics, statistics, ethics, management, environmental policy and health policy in the Economics Department, the Kennedy School, the Law School and for the last 30 years, at the School of Public Health. In recent years he has played a leading role in the World Bank’s training efforts on health sector reform around the world—having taught courses and seminars for senior government leaders in nearly thirty countries—and on every continent except Antarctica.
The author or coauthor of five books and numerous professional articles, Professor Roberts’ most recent effort, together with three coauthors from the HSPH faculty, has been a handbook on health sector reform, Getting Health Reform Right, which Oxford University Press is about to reissue in paperback.
In the U.S. context Professor Roberts continues as an active consultant helping organizations adjust to changing market conditions. He is also a co-leader of a new school of Public Health initiative on the role of trust in the health care system and how managers can build trust to reinforce their market position.Among his recent work, Prof. Roberts has just coauthored a piece in Lancet on the need for international organizations to move beyond a vertical program focus to a focus on health systems reform, and a piece for the Hastings Center on Bioethics (written jointly with Prof. Norman Daniels) on the ethics of health reform proposals in the U.S. He is currently working on books on the ethics of disaster management and on the ethics of pricing biotech drugs.