Jonathan Engel, PhD

  • Senior Lecturer in Health Policy and Management


Jonathan Engel conducts research in the historical evolution of U.S. health and social welfare policy. His books are Doctors and Reformers: Discussion and Debate on Health Policy, 1925-1950 (University of South Carolina Press, 2002); Poor People's Medicine: Medicaid and U.S. Charity Care Since 1965 (Duke University Press, 2006); The Epidemic: A History of AIDS (Smithsonian Books, 2006); American Therapy: The Rise of Psychotherapy in the United States (Gotham Books of Penguin/Putnam, 2008); Unaffordable: American Healthcare from Johnson to Trump (University of Wisconsin, 2017); and Fat Nation: Obesity in America Since 1945 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), Transforming American Science: Universities, the Government, and the Cold War (under review).  His current project is a history of the debates surrounding the anti-poverty programs promulgated in the 1960s, with particular focus on the contributions of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Sargent Shriver, and Robert F. Kennedy.

Dr. Engel teaches courses on healthcare accounting, budgeting and finance to students in the health policy and management track at Mailman.  He holds a fulltime faculty post within the CUNY system, and has also taught courses in the School of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts. 

He received his B.A. from Harvard in the history of science in 1986, his MBA from the Yale School of Management in 1991, and his Ph.D. in the history of medicine and science from Yale Graduate School in 1994.

Academic Appointments

  • Senior Lecturer in Health Policy and Management

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BA, 1986 Harvard
  • MBA, 1991 Yale
  • PhD, 1994 Yale