Marianne (Mimi) Fahs

Marianne (Mimi) C. Fahs, PhD, MPH is an internationally recognized health economist and health services researcher. Her scholarly interests center on cost effective strategies to improve health, economic productivity, and quality of life. She enjoys developing research to investigate the effectiveness of innovative approaches to improve health outcomes as well as analytic strategies to reinforce translating results into evidence for public health practice and policy. She was the founding Research Director of the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging of Hunter College, where she led a team in multidisciplinary research examining neighborhood determinants of healthy aging; community-based interventions for prevention and control of diabetes and heart disease; and prevention of immigrant health disparities. Working with public policy and community-based leaders, she and her colleagues developed an evidence-based toolkit to help guide implementation of community-based chronic disease prevention and self-management programs. Prior to that she directed the Health Economics Division at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC, where she pioneered the first cost-effectiveness analysis of cancer prevention strategies among US older women. Her findings contributed to Congressional passage of the first Medicare preventive benefit. She is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications and has served on numerous local, state, and national advisory committees, including scientific review committees for the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Professor Fahs teaches advanced research methods; policy analysis; and healthy urban aging: economic and policy issues, at the masters and doctoral levels.



  • PhD in Health Policy and Management (Health Economics) from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • MPH in Community Health from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • BA in International Relations from Sweet Briar College, Amherst, VA


Research Interests

Public health policy, prevention, health economics, comparative effectiveness, cost effectiveness analysis, health impact assessment, health disparities, elderly, immigrant health, mental health, complex chronic conditions



  • Doctoral Program in Economics, Graduate Center



Mimi Fahs