Barbara Berney

Barbara Berney is an Associate Professor in Health Policy and Management at the CUNY School of Public Health where she is pursuing research on the desegregation of hospitals under Medicare. Her research and practice focuses on the intersection of race, class, work, and health. She has published articles on public health history for the academic and popular press covering lead poisoning and race, neighborhood racial segregation and conditions affecting health, and the history of the Mine Workers’ Health and Retirement Funds. She has also researched the impact of nurse working conditions on nurses and patients, and developed tools to evaluate the impact of healthy schools on students and staff. She has developed and implemented workplace HIV/AIDS curricula for teachers in Zimbabwe and the International Labor Organization. She holds degrees in Public Policy (PhD), Health Administration (MPH) and Political Science (BA). Her work focuses on health disparities, environmental issues, and occupational health. She is currently working on a documentary on how Medicare was used to desegregate America’s hospitals.



  • PhD in Public Policy from Boston University, Boston, MA
  • MPH in Health Administration from UCLA, Los Angeles, CA


Research Interests

Health equity, public health policy, environmental and occupational health policy
Barbara Berney