Mustafa Hussein, PhD

Assistant Professor, Public Health Policy & Administration
School of Public Health

Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Research on Poverty
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Curriculum Vitae

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Social Epidemiology & Urban Health, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
Ph.D., Health Policy, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
M.S., Chemistry, Washington State University
B.Sc.(Honors), Pharmacy, Minia University, Egypt

Research Interests

Mustafa Hussein is a health economist/social epidemiologist, with training in quantitative policy analysis, quasi-experimental econometrics, and multilevel statistical and epidemiologic methods. Hussein’s research leverages cross-disciplinary social theory and analytic methodology to understand the roles policies, systems, and institutions play as structural drivers of social inequality in health, with an ultimate purpose of generating a rigorous, compelling evidence base to guide policy solutions toward improving population health and health equity.

His current projects examine:

  • The effects of urban labor-market policy reforms, such as living wage ordinances, on mental and physical wellbeing, health behaviors, and cardiovascular disease biomarkers in the low-income population;
  • The historical trends and social patterning of financial risk protection conferred by health insurance coverage and benefit design in the United States, including changes under the Affordable Care Act;
  • Health equity consequences of the structural organization of national healthcare systems, especially through literacy and administrative burden-related mechanisms;
  • Biological consequences of poverty and psychosocial stress, particularly in cardiovascular disease.