Michael Sparer

Michael Sparer

Michael Sparer

Health Policy and Management
Chair, Health Policy and Management


722 West 168 St 4th Fl, Rm 428
New York NY 10032


Michael S. Sparer, J.D., Ph.D. is Professor and Chair in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Professor Sparer studies and writes about the politics of health care, with a particular emphasis on the health insurance and health delivery systems for low-and-middle income populations, both in the United States and globally. His current projects include a study of the rise (and demise) of most of the non-profit insurance "cooperatives" created by the Affordable Care Act, an analysis of the cross-national politics of public health, and an examination of political and policy implications of permitting all Americans to buy-into Medicaid. He is a two-time winner of the Mailman School's Student Government Association Teacher of the Year Award, the recipient of a 2010 Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, and the winner of the Core Curriculum Teaching Excellence Award. Professor Sparer spent seven years as a litigator for the New York City Law Department, specializing in inter-governmental social welfare litigation. After leaving the practice of law, Sparer obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science from Brandeis University. Sparer is the former editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and the author of Medicaid and the Limits of State Health Reform, as well as numerous articles and book chapters.



PhD, 1992, Brandeis University
JD, 1980, Rutgers University School of Law (Newark)

Editorial Boards

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law

Other Affiliations

Member, National Advisory Committee, RWJ Synthesis Program
Editor, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
Member, National Academy of Social Insurance
Member, Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy

Honors & Awards

RWJ Health Policy Investigator Award, 2003

Areas of Expertise

Employee Benefits, Healthcare Policy, Healthcare Providers, State and Local Reform Models
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