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Jody Heymann

Distinguished Professor, Fielding School of Public Health
Distinguished Professor, Luskin School of Public Affairs
Distinguished Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine
Dean Emeritus
Contact Information

WORLD Policy Analysis Center
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
621 Charles E Young Dr. S
2225 Life Science Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Areas of Interest: 

Bridging the gap between research and policymakers by translating research into policies and programs that improve individual and population health. Particular focus on policies that advance equal opportunity, health and economic outcomes.


Jody Heymann, MD, PhD, is founding director of the WORLD Policy Analysis Center and served as dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health from 2013-2018.

As director of the WORLD Policy Analysis Center (WORLD), Heymann leads an unprecedented effort to improve the level and quality of comparative policy data available to policymakers, researchers and the public. WORLD examines health and social policies and outcomes in all 193 UN countries. WORLD’s mission is to strengthen equal opportunities worldwide by identifying the most effective public sector approaches, improving the quantity and quality of globally comparative data available, and working in partnerships to support evidence-based improvements in countries worldwide. WORLD has worked with global bodies (WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO, ILO and others), civil society, research groups, private sector leaders and other global change agents. WORLD’s launches on policies affecting children reached people in 190 countries, as did their No Ceilings partnership with the Clinton and Gates Foundations on equal opportunities for women, men, girls, and boys. Heymann is leading initiatives on the role of constitutions in all 193 UN countries in realizing equal rights and improving social and economic conditions; legislative and policy approaches to advancing equality and full inclusion in education and at work of youth with disabilities in 193 countries; and increasing transparency around what countries are doing to address the needs and rights of refugees and migrants in 150 countries. Heymann previously held a Canada Research Chair in Global Health and Social Policy at McGill University where she was the founding director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy. While on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, she founded the Project on Global Working Families.

Heymann has authored and edited more than 400 publications, including 18 books. Selected titles include Changing Children’s Chances (Harvard University Press, 2013), Making Equal Rights Real (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Lessons in Educational Equality (Oxford University Press, 2012), Protecting Childhood in the AIDS Pandemic (Oxford University Press, 2012), Profit at the Bottom of the Ladder (Harvard Business Press, 2010), Raising the Global Floor (Stanford University Press, 2009), Trade and Health (McGill Queens University Press, 2007), Forgotten Families (Oxford University Press, 2006), and Healthier Societies (Oxford University Press, 2006).

Heymann has received numerous honors, including election to the U. S. National Academy of Medicine in 2013 and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2012. She has worked with leaders in North American, European, African, and Latin American governments as well as a wide range of intergovernmental organizations including the World Health Organization, the International Labor Organization, the World Economic Forum, UNICEF, and UNESCO.

Heymann’s findings have been featured on CNN Headline News; MSNBC; Good Morning America; Fox News; National Public Radio’s All Things Considered; Fresh Air and Marketplace; in The New York Times; Washington Post; Los Angeles Times; Business Week, Inc; Portfolio; Forbes India and USA Today among other internationally and nationally syndicated programs and press.

MD, Harvard Medical School
Master of Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government
PhD, Harvard University
Selected Publications: 
  1. Heymann SJ, Sprague A, Raub A. Advancing Equality: How Constitutional Rights can Make a Difference for Everyone. University Press of California. January 2020.
  2. Omid N, Heymann SJ. Improved child marriage laws and its association with changing attitudes and experiences of intimate partner violence: A comparative multi-national study. Journal of Global Health. March 2020.
  3. Gadoth A, Heymann SJ. Gender parity at scale: Examining correlations of country-level female participation in education and work with measures of men’s and women’s survival. EClinical Medicine. March 2020.
  4. Rozhenkova V, Allmang S, Ly S, Franken D, Heymann SJ. The Role of Comparative City Policy Data in Assessing Progress Toward the Urban Sustainable Development Goals Targets. Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning. December 2019.
  5. Bose B, Heymann SJ. Effects of Tuition-Free Primary Education on Women's Access to Family Planning and on Health Decision-Making: A Cross-National Study. Social Science and Medicine. Published online before print. October 2019.
  6. Wong E, Jou J, Raub A, Heymann SJ. Comparing the Availability of Paid Parental Leave for Same-Sex and Heterosexual Couples in 34 OECD Countries. Journal of Social Policy. September 2019: 1- 21.
  7. Guzman N, Raub A, Earle A, Heymann SJ. The State of Child Labor Protections in 193 Countries: Are Countries Living up to their International Commitments? International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. August 2019: 609 – 626.
  8. Heymann SJ, Levy J, Bose B, Rios-Salas V, Mekonen Y, Swainathan H, Omidakhsh N, Gadoth A, Huh K, Greene M, Darmstadt G. Improving health with programmatic, legal, and policy approaches to reducing gender inequality and changing restrictive gender norms. The Lancet. June 2019.
  9. Berrang-Ford L, Biesbroek R, Ford JD, Lesnikowski A, Tanabe A., Wang F, Chen C, Hsu A, Hellmann J, Pringle P, Grecequet M, Amado J, Huq S, Lwasa S, Heymann SJ. Tracking Global Climate Change Adaptation Among Governments. Nature Climate Change, 9(6), 440. May 2019.
  10. Milovantseva N, Earle A, and Heymann SJ. Monitoring Progress Towards Meeting the United Nations SDG on Pre-Primary Education: An Important Step Towards More Equitable and Sustainable Economies. International Organisations Research Journal. 2018 Jan 1;13(4):137-+.
  11. Koski A and Heymann SJ. Child Marriage in the United States: How Common Is the Practice and Which Children Are at Greatest Risk? Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 2018; 50(2), 59-65.
  12. Kidman R and Heymann SJ. Prioritizing Action to Accelerate Gender Equity and Health for Women and Girls: Microdata Analysis of 47 Countries. Global Public Health. 2018; 1-16.
  13. Arthur M, Earle A, Raub A, Vincent I, Atabay E, Latz I, Kranz G, Nandi A, and Heymann SJ. Child Marriage Laws around the World: Minimum Marriage Age, Legal Exceptions, and Gender Disparities. Journal of Women, Politics & Policy. 2018; 39(1): 51–74.
  14. Conklin A, Ponce N, Crespi CM,  Frank J, Nandi A,  and Heymann SJ. Economic Policy and the Double Burden of Malnutrition: Cross-national Longitudinal Analysis of Minimum Wage and Women’s Underweight and Obesity. Public Health Nutrition. 2018; 21(5):940-7.
  15. Heymann SJ, Stein MA, and Moreno G, eds. Disability and Equity at Work. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  16. Heymann SJ and Barrera M, eds. Ensuring a Sustainable Future: Making Progress on Environment and Equity. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  17. Heymann SJ, Rogers J, and Cohen J, eds. Can Working Families Ever Win?  A New Democracy Forum on Helping Parents Succeed at Work and Caregiving. Boston: Beacon Press, 2002.
  18. Heymann SJ. The Widening Gap: Why Working Families Are in Jeopardy and What Can Be Done About It. New York: Basic Books, 2000.  
  19. Heymann SJ. Equal Partners: A Physician’s Call For A New Spirit of Medicine. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1995.
  20. Barthold D, Nandi A, Mendoza JM, and Heymann SJ. Are Countries Equally Efficient at Improving Longevity for Men and Women? American Journal of Public Health. Forthcoming.
  21. Heymann SJ, McNeill K, and Earle A.  Filling a Critical Gap: Measuring Work Policies that Affect Families Globally. Community, Work & Family. Forthcoming.
  22. Heymann SJ, Cassola A, Raub A, and Mishra L. Constitutional Rights to Health, Public Health and Medical Care: Health Protections and Their Impacts in 191 Countries. Global Public Health. Forthcoming.
  23. Ford JD, Lesnikowski A, Berrang-Ford L, Heymann SJ, and Barrera M. How to Track Climate Change Adaptation: A Typology of Approaches for National-level Application. Ecology and Society. Forthcoming.
  24. Lesnikowski A, Ford JD, Berrang-Ford L, Barrera M, Berry P, Henderson J, and Heymann SJ. National-level Factors Affecting Likelihood to Adapt to the Health Effects of Climate Change. Global Environmental Change. Forthcoming.
  25. Rajaraman D and Heymann SJ. A Qualitative Study of Access to Sanitation amongst Low-income Working Women in Bangalore, India. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development. Forthcoming.
  26. Heymann SJ, Raub A, and Earle A. Breastfeeding Policy: A Globally Comparative Analysis. Global Public Health. Forthcoming.
  27. Poutiainen C and Heymann SJ. Civil Society Organizations and Adaptation to the Health Effects of Climate Change in Canada. Public Health. Online release April  2013. Article in print forthcoming.
  28. Heymann SJ, Earle A, and McNeill K. The Impact of Labor Policies on the Health of Young Children in the Context of Economic Globalization. Annual Review of Public Health. 2013; 34:355–72.
  29. Heymann SJ, Raub A, and Cassola A. Does Prohibiting Child Labor Increase Secondary School Enrolment? Insights from a New Global Dataset. International Journal of Educational Research. Online release February 2013. Article in print forthcoming.
  30. Heymann SJ, Barrera M, Guzman N, Raub A, and Vincent I. From Human Rights Agreements to National Change: Illustrating a More Transparent Approach to Accountability. Nordic Journal for Human Rights. 2012; 30(3): 279–296.
  31. Lahaie C, Earle A, and Heymann SJ. An Uneven Burden:  Social Disparities in Adult Caregiving Responsibilities, Working Conditions, and Caregiver Outcomes. Research on Aging. Online release May 2012. Article in print forthcoming.
  32. Morantz G, Rousseau C, Banerji A, Martin C, and Heymann SJ. Resettlement Challenges Faced by Refugee Claimant Families in Montreal: Lack of Access to Childcare. Child & Family Social Work. Online release March 2012. Article in print forthcoming.
  33. Earle A and Heymann SJ. The Cost of Caregiving: Wage Loss Among Caregivers of Elderly and Disabled Adults and Children with Special Needs. Community, Work & Family. 2012; 15(3): 357-375.
  34. Daku MT, Gibbs A, and Heymann SJ. Representations of MDR and XDR-TB in South African Newspapers. Social Science & Medicine. 2012; 75(2): 410–418.
  35. Morantz G, Rousseau C, and Heymann SJ. The Divergent Experiences of Children and Adults in the Resettlement Process: Perspectives of Child and Parent Refugee Claimants in Montreal. Journal of Refugee Studies. 2012; 25 (1): 71-92.
  36. Daku MT and Heymann SJ. Maternal Leave Policies and Vaccination Coverage: A Global Analysis. Social Science & Medicine. 2012; 74(2): 120-124.
  37. Lesnikowski AC, Ford JD, Berrang-Ford L, Paterson JA, Barrera M, and Heymann SJ. Adapting to Health Impacts of Climate Change: A study of UNFCCC Annex I parties. Environmental Research Letters. 2011; 6(4): 1-9.
  38. Earle A, Mokomane Z, and Heymann SJ. International Perspectives on Work-Family Policies: Lessons from the World’s Most Competitive Economies. Future of Children. 2011; 21(2): 191-210.
  39. Heymann SJ, Raub A, and Earle A. Creating and Using New Data Sources to Analyze the Relationship between Social Policy and Global Health: The Case of Maternal Leave. Public Health Reports. 2011;126(Suppl 3):127-34.
  40. Sigurdsen P, Berger S, and Heymann SJ. The Effects of Economic Crises on Families Caring for Children: Understanding and Reducing Long-Term Sequelae. Development Policy Review. 2011; 29(5): 547-564.
  41. Earle A and Heymann SJ. Protecting the Health of Employed Adults Caring for Family Members with Special Health Care Needs. Social Science & Medicine. 2011; 73(1): 68-78.
  42. Schliwen A, Earle A, Hayes J, and Heymann SJ. The Administration and Financing of Paid Sick Leave. International Labour Review. 2011; 150(1-2): 43-62.
  43. Heymann SJ. Investing at the Bottom of the Ladder. Stanford Social Innovation Review. 2011; Winter (1):27-28.
  44. Heymann SJ and Barrera M. How businesses can profit from raising compensation at the bottom. Ivey Business Journal. Nov-Dec 2010.
  45. Kidman R, Hanley JA, Subramanian SV, Foster G, and Heymann SJ. AIDS in the family and community: The impact on child health in Malawi. Social Science & Medicine. 2010; 71(5): 966-974.
  46. Drouin O and Heymann SJ. Scaling up and sustaining community-based care for preschool and school-age children – successes and challenges in Malawi. Vulnerable Child and Youth Studies. 2010; 5(sup 1):31-39.
  47. Heymann SJ, Gerecke M, and Chaussard M. Paid Health and Family Leave: The Canadian Experience in the Global Context. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2010; 101(Suppl.1): S9-S15.
  48. Shea A, Nakayama M, and Heymann SJ. Improving Labour Standards in Clothing Factories:  Lessons from Stakeholder Views and Monitoring Results in Cambodia. Journal of Global Social Policy. 2010; 10(1): 85–110.
  49. Morantz G and Heymann SJ. Life in Institutional Care: The Voices of Children in a Residential Facility in Botswana. AIDS Care. 2010; 22(1): 10-16.
  50. Heymann SJ, Rho HJ, Schmitt J, and Earle A. Ensuring a Healthy and Productive Workforce:  Comparing the Generosity of Paid Sick Day and Leave Policies in 22 Countries. International Journal of Health Services. 2010; 40(1): 1-22.
  51. Heymann SJ and Kidman R. HIV/AIDS, Declining Family Resources and the Community Safety Net. AIDS Care. 2009; 21(1): 34-42.
  52. Mandic CG and Heymann SJ. Supported Employment in a Lower Income Context: The Case of Banco de Crédito del Perú and Centro Ann Sullivan del Perú. International Journal of Disability, Community & Rehabilitation. 2009; 8(1).
  53. Kidman R and Heymann SJ. The Extent of Community and Public Support Available to Families Caring for Orphans in Malawi. AIDS Care. 2009; 21(4): 439 – 447.
  54. Heymann SJ, Flores-Macias F, Hayes J, Kennedy M, Earle A, and Lahaie C. The Impact of Migration on the Well-Being of Transnational Families: New Data from Sending Communities in Mexico. Community, Work and Family. 2009; 12(1): 91-103.