• Senior Lecturer, Global Health
  • Senior Lecturer, Health Services
Stephen Bezruchka

Department of Health Services
UW School of Public Health
Seattle, WA 98195
United States

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Dr. Stephen Bezruchka worked in clinical medicine for 35 years. In Nepal, he set up rural health care training opportunities for community health workers and the Generalist Doctor Training Program. He has also consulted with new public health schools in Nepal. Currently, he tries to disseminate concepts of population health and seeks to understand why health disparities among nations around the globe are at record highs.

In addition to his academic publications, Dr. Bezruchka has written books on trekking in Nepal, travel medicine, and altitude illness - for details see his blog.

Expertise: Trends in health of populations around the world; development of a theory of global health to explain the immense scale of human health disparities around the world; and interacting with various audiences on factors that produce health in populations.

  • MD (Stanford University)
  • AM (Harvard University)
  • MPH (Johns Hopkins University)
  • BSc (University of Toronto (Canada))
Country Affiliations 
  • French
  • Nepali
  • Ukrainian
Health Topics 
  • Education and Training
  • Health Policy
  • Social Justice and Human Rights

Bezruchka, S. (2012). The Hurrider I Go the Behinder I Get: The Deteriorating International Ranking of U.S. Health Status. Annual Review of Public Health, 33(1), 157-173.

Bezruchka, S. (2014). Inequality Kills. In D. C. Johnston (Ed.), Divided: the perils of our growing inequality. New York: New Press.

Bezruchka, S. (2012). American Experiences. In D. Raphael (Ed.), Tackling Health Inequalities: Lessons from International Experiences (pp. 33-62). Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.

Bezruchka, S. (2010). Health Equity in the USA. Social Alternatives, 29(3), 50-56.

Bezruchka, S. (2009). The effect of economic recession on population health. CMAJ, 181(5), 281-285.