Jennifer J. Prah

Jennifer J. Prah, PhD, MSc, MA, MSL
  • Titles:
  • Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy, School of Social Policy and Practice
  • Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
  • Director of the Ortner Center on Violence and Abuse
  • Education:
  • Harvard University, PhD, Health Policy
  • Yale University, MSL, Law
  • Oxford University, MSc, Comparative Social Research
  • Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, MA, International Relations
  • University of California-Berkeley, AB, Political Economy

Jennifer J. Prah is the Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy in the School of Social Policy and Practics (SP2) and Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she is the Director of the Ortner Center on Violence and Abuse. She also serves as SP2’s inaugural Associate Dean for Global Studies and Faculty Chair at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP). She is a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

Her educational background includes a Master of Studies in Law from Yale University, a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University, and a Master of Science in Comparative Social Research from Oxford University.

Dr. Prah is an internationally recognized leader in global and domestic health equity – she works at the intersection of economics, ethics, policy and health, producing findings unavailable from the application of only one discipline. In addition, Dr. Prah’s national and global research has influenced global and domestic policy, she conducts collaborative research around the globe, including in Ghana, Malawi, Malaysia, Morocco, South Korea, South Africa, Vietnam, India, and Indonesia.

She was speechwriter to the President of the World Bank, served on the health and development satellite secretariat of the WHO Director General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland’s Transition Team, was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Board on Global Health and was recently reappointed to another term by University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann to Chair the University’s Social Responsibility Advisory Committee.

Dr. Prah has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, Greenwall Faculty Scholar Award in Bioethics, Donaghue Investigator Award, NIH Career Development Award, Labelle Lectureship and Mark DeWolfe Howe Research Award at Harvard University.  She is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

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