• Adjunct Principal Lecturer, Global Health
  • Principal Lecturer, Health Services
Aaron Katz

1107 NE 45th St,, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98105
United States

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Aaron Katz has held numerous academic leadership positions, including his current roles as director of the Leadership, Policy, and Management track of the Global Health Master of Public Health (MPH) program and faculty coordinator of the Health Systems and Policy Concentration of the Health Services MPH program. He was director of the UW Health Policy Analysis Program from 1988 until 2003 and editor-in-chief of the School's biannual journal, Northwest Public Health, from 1999 to 2008.

He teaches several health policy courses for MPH and MHA students, including in the Community Oriented Public Health Practice and Global Health MPH programs. He is also faculty lead for the Health Services MPH concentration in Health Systems and Policy. Aaron was director of the UW Health Policy Analysis Program from 1988 through 2003. His current research interests focus on strengthening public health systems in developing countries through enhancing policy research, development, and advocacy capacity and leadership training and development, in addition to long-standing research on changes in the safety net system and health care markets in the United States.

Aaron received the Health Reform Leadership Award at the 2011 State of Reform Washington conference, the American Public Health Association's Award for Excellence in 2006, and the School of Public Health and Community Medicine's Outstanding Teaching Award in 2004.

Aaron has developed a deep understanding of the U.S. health care system and its strengths and weaknesses during a career that has spanned more than 30 years and three "bouts" with health care reform. He has worked in health policy and planning in Washington state since 1978, serving as a health planner, policy and planning consultant, lobbyist, and political adviser. Since 1999, Aaron has collaborated on policy development and advocacy projects with colleagues in various countries in southern Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America as well as Japan.

  • CPH (University of Toronto (Canada))
  • BS (University of Wisconsin)
  • Spanish
Health Topics 
  • Health Policy and Advocacy
  • Health Systems Strengthening and Human Resources
  • Leadership and Organizational Development

Health policy; health sector leadership; social/political determinants; health system market change; health care costs and access, health sector education and training