James Macinko

James Macinko, Ph.D., is Professor of Health Policy and Management and Community Health Sciences. He is a health services researcher specializing in global health and health policy analysis. Main areas of research include assessing the impact of health reforms and policy changes, developing tools to evaluate health system performance, and exploring the role of health policies and services in the production and potential reduction of health inequities. 

Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, Dr. Macinko was Associate Professor of Public Health and Health Policy at New York University and former director of the NYU MPH program. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil.

Macinko’s publications have appeared in The Lancet, the American Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs, the Milbank Quarterly, Health Services Research, the American Journal of Epidemiology, and others. His work has received support from many institutions, including the NIH (National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute of Child Health and Development, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the InterAmerican Development Bank, the Pan American Health Organization, the World Bank, and the government of Brazil’s Ministry of Health. 

Center Affiliations


  • PhD, Health and Social Policy, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • MA, International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • BS, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson
  • BA, Religious Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson

Areas of Interest

Global health; public health policy with a focus on regulation of alcohol, tobacco, and firearms; health services research focusing on primary health care organization, financing and delivery; health inequalities and social determinants of health; Latin America and Brazil.

Selected Publications