Michael R. Reich is the Taro Takemi Professor Emeritus in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Dr. Reich's research activities address the political dimensions of public health policy, and his research interests include health system strengthening and reform, access to medicines and pharmaceutical policy, and the political economy of the policy-making process. Dr. Reich obtained his Ph.D. in Political Science at Yale University in 1981, after receiving his B.A. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and M.A. in East Asian Studies, both also at Yale.
He joined the Harvard faculty in 1983 and helped establish the Takemi Program in International Health, for which he has served as Director since 1988. Dr. Reich has worked on health systems with colleagues at Harvard for over three decades and is co-author of the landmark book on health systems Getting Health Reform Right: A Guide to Improving Performance and Equity (by M.J. Roberts, W. Hsiao, P. Berman, and M.R. Reich, Oxford, 2004; 2019 with new introduction).
He has extensive research experience on health system issues in Japan and Mexico over several decades. He is founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Health Systems & Reform, whose first issue was published in January 2015.
Additional information is available on his Harvard faculty website.
On April 29, 2015, the government of Japan announced in its Spring Honors List the award of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, to Professor Reich, for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of Japan’s policy for global public health as well as for advancing public health in Japan.
In November 2016, Dr. Reich received the inaugural Award for Lifetime Service to the Field of Health Policy and Systems Research from the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research and from Health Systems Global.
Attached is the full curriculum vitae for Professor Reich, including a list of his publications.
MRR award lecture in Tokyo, July 2015