Newswise — New Brunswick, NJ – The Rutgers School of Public Health is excited to announce that Mark McGovern, PhD, will be joining the department of health behavior, society, and policy as an assistant professor in the fall. 

McGovern is a health economist with research interests in maternal and child health, aging, and HIV/AIDS, focusing on the life cycle impact of inequality at birth. He has methodological expertise in missing data and causal inference, particularly the application of quasi-experimental approaches to addressing policy questions in population health that are related to health disparities.

McGovern has examined the long-term economic effects of childhood malnutrition with UNICEF, as well as, the macroeconomic burden of non-communicable disease with the Pan-American Health Organization and Harvard University. He has expertise in the implementation of methods for handling non-ignorable missing data in observational studies and randomized control trials.

“The School is honored to welcome Dr. McGovern,” said Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH, dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health. “Dr. McGovern’s main research interests and expertise are congruent with research currently happening at the School, which he will certainly enrich.”

“Dr. McGovern is a rising star,” said department chair, Paul Duberstein, PhD. “His expertise in the application of quasi-experimental approaches to addressing pressing policy questions in population health is consistent with our abiding commitment to social justice and will be invaluable to our students, department, and School.”

“I am delighted to be joining the department of health behavior, society, and policy and the Rutgers School of Public Health,” said McGovern. “I am especially looking forward to working with students and colleagues on engaging with the major challenges in population health. I am also excited about being able to contribute to Rutgers’ commitment to addressing the health disparities facing our communities, both locally and globally.”  

McGovern joins the School from Queen’s University Belfast, where he is currently an assistant professor.


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