Gerald Oppenheimer

Professor Emeritus
Health Policy and Management
Gerald M. Oppenheimer, M.A., Ph.D.
(University of Chicago), MPH (Columbia University), is Professor Emeritus at the School of Public Health, City University of New York and Professor Emeritus in the Department of History, the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Previously, he was a Broeklundian Distinguished Professor at Brooklyn College, where he taught for 30 years. Since the mid-1980s, he has published extensively on the HIV/AIDS epidemic and on the history and ethics of public health and the history of chronic disease epidemiology, in particular cardiovascular disease and psychiatric disorders. His edited volume with Anne Lovell of INSERM in France, Reimagining Psychiatric Epidemiology: A Global Perspective, is currently (2020) under review. With Ronald Bayer of Columbia University, he has published 3 books: he co-edited Confronting Drug Policy: Illicit Drugs in a Free Society (Cambridge U. Press, 1993) and co-authored AIDS Doctors: Voices From the Epidemic (Oxford U. Press, 2000) and Shattered Dreams? An Oral History of the South African Epidemic (Oxford U. Press, 2007). His articles have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, American Journal of Public Health, the International Journal of Epidemiology, and, most recently (summer, 2020), Social Research, as well as other professional journals of medicine, public health, ethics and law. He served as contributing editor to the American Journal of Public Health from 1994 through 1997, a special volumes editor for the Milbank Quarterly, and he is currently on the editorial board of the international journal, Public Health Reviews. He had numerous grants and fellowships, including funding from the NIH, Rockefeller Foundation, Aaron Diamond Foundation, American Foundation for AIDS Research, Legacy Foundation, and others.
MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia University, New York, NY
PhD in History from University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
MA from University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
BA from CUNY City College, New York, NY
Research Interests
History of cardiovascular epidemiology
History of chronic disease epidemiology
Health care financing