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Aaron Katz

Principal Lecturer, Health Services
Adjunct Principal Lecturer, Global Health

1107 NE 45th St,, Suite 400
Seattle, WA


CPH (University of Toronto (Canada))
BS (University of Wisconsin)


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

Biography and Research Interests 

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. Aaron teaches several graduate level courses in health policy.

Aaron received the American Public Health Association's Award for Excellence in November 2006 and the Outstanding Teaching Award from the UW School of Public Health in 2004. At the 2011 "State of Reform" Washington Health Policy Conference, Aaron received the Health Reform Leadership Award.

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.