Mustafa Hussein

Assistant Professor
Health Policy and Management
Mustafa Hussein is an assistant professor of health economics and policy at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health, and a faculty affiliate at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Previously (2016-2021), he was on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health. Hussein's training spanned health economics, public policy analysis, applied econometrics, social epidemiology, and urban health. His research has examined drivers of social inequality in health, particularly the role of healthcare and economic policies, as well as contextual and psychosocial mechanisms, in shaping the health and well-being of vulnerable populations in urban areas. His current research addresses health inequalities in three domains: (1) Urban economic policies and their effects on health and wellbeing in low-income populations: a main project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation seeks to estimate the effects of metropolitan living wage policies and local labor reforms (1996-2007) on health among low-wage workers, leveraging auspicious natural experiments in policy adoption in unique longitudinal datasets; (2) Contributions of healthcare organization and insurance policies to health inequalities and socioeconomic stratification: a current NICHD R03 award seeks to model household financial risk due to medical out-of-pocket spending and assess the protective potential of insurance policy reforms across US metro areas; and (3) Psychosocial mechanisms, such as chronic stress and psychological distress, underlying the high burden of cardiovascular disease and HIV/AIDS among low-income and racial/ethnic minority populations: these analyses use econometric and epidemiologic causal mediation methods in longitudinal cohorts to generate credible, action-oriented insights about how reduction of these factors can help reduce health inequalities. Hussein’s research has been funded by the American Heart Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. He is also a member of the RWJF-Scholar Strategy Network’s inaugural national cohort of Health Equity Scholars. Hussein has developed and taught graduate courses in applied econometric analysis of public policies, comparative healthcare systems, and health economics, and mentored empirical MPH capstone projects with immediate relevance to community and policymakers’ needs and high publication potential.
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Social Epidemiology & Urban Health from Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
PhD in Health Policy from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
Research Interests
The urban political economy and health; Contributions of healthcare policy and systems to social stratification & health inequalities; Contextual and psychosocial mechanisms of health inequalities; Causal inference; Interdisciplinary quantitative methods for studying inequality