Harald Schmidt

Harald Schmidt, MA, PhD

schmidth@upenn.edu
  • Titles:
  • Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy
  • Research Associate, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics
  • Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute
  • Education:
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom), PhD, Health & Public Policy
  • Kingdom), PhD, Health & Public Policy Universität Münster (Germany), MA, Philosophy

My research interests are centered around personal responsibility for health, public health ethics and health care priority setting.

My Ph.D. Thesis, Just Health Responsibility, developed an ethical framework to decide on the fairness of policies that seek to promote personal responsibility. Such policies can come in a number of shapes, including verbal or written appeals, financial rewards or penalties through wellness incentives, or initiatives such as work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries. A number of publications and research projects apply, test and refine this framework. The main focus of my current research is on the scope and limitations of patients’ responsibilities to use novel technological approaches for remote monitoring of medication adherence.

I did my Ph.D. in Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science’s LSE Health. I previously studied Philosophy at the Universities of Bremen, Oxford and Münster. Before coming to Penn I was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice at the Harvard School of Public Health, and for seven years served as Assistant Director of the U.K.’s Nuffield Council on Bioethics in London.

I am a Research Associate at the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at Penn, a member of the Management Committee of the International Society on Priorities in Health Care, and a member of UNESCO’s Ethics Task Force. The overall goal of my research is to combine robust conceptual and empirical work to contribute to more evidence-based, equitable and efficient health care policy and practice.

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