DoGH Map Search

Stephen Bezruchka

Senior Lecturer, Health Services
Senior Lecturer, Global Health

Department of Health Services
UW School of Public Health
Box 357660
Seattle, WA

206-685-4184 (Fax)

MD (Stanford University)
AM (Harvard University)
MPH (Johns Hopkins University)
BSc (University of Toronto (Canada))


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.

Biography and Research Interests 

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.

Selected Publications 

Bezruchka S. American Experiences, in "Tackling Inequalities in Health: Lessons from International Experiences." D. Raphael (Ed). Toronto, CSPI, 2012: 33-62. (See:

Bezruchka S. The Hurrider I Go the Behinder I Get: The Deteriorating International Ranking of U.S. Health Status. Annual Review of Public Health, 2012. Vol. 33: 157-173. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-031811-124649. (Review:

Bezruchka, S. Epidemiological Approaches to Population Health, in "Staying Alive: critical perspectives on health, illness, and health care." T. Bryant, D. Raphael and M. H. Rioux (Eds). Toronto, CSPI, 2010: 13-40. (See:

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

Bezruchka S. The Effect of Economic Recession on Population Health. CMAJ. 2009 Sep 1;181(5):281-5. (See:

Bezruchka, S. Promoting Public Understanding of Population Health. in "Social Inequality and Public Health." S. J. Babones. Bristol, Policy Press, 2009: 201-214. (See:

Bezruchka S, Namekata T, Sistrom MG. Interplay of Politics and Law to Promote Health: Improving Economic Equality and Health: The Case of Postwar Japan. Am J Public Health. 2008 Apr;98(4):589-94. (See:

Bezruchka S. Becoming a Public Scholar to Improve the Health of the US Population. Antipode 2008 40(3): 455-462.