Robert D. Lieberthal, PhD

Health economist (e-mail), Robert Lieberthal (LinkedIn)

My Professional Path:

I am currently an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I will be continuing to follow my research and teaching interests in healthcare financing, health policy, and health economics in the Department of Public Health, situated in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

I first received my B.A. in math from Boston University, where I got my first taste of research through BU's UROP program. 

After graduating, I became an actuarial benefits consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. I got my second taste of research with a rotation in PwC's Health Research Institute, followed by a self-directed research project inspired by a Society of Actuaries call for papers, which led to a  monograph and seminar on this topic. 

My interest in the financing of chronic care led me to the University of Pennsylvania. In 2011, I earned a PhD in the Health Care Management and Economics program at The Wharton School. My next stop was at Thomas Jefferson University's College of Population Health, where I was a member of the faculty from 2010 to 2016, teaching online and onsite courses on health economics and health finance. I continue to teach health economics in Jefferson's Population Health Academy.


My book: Information about my new book about health insurance, "What is health insurance (good) for? An examination of who gets it, who pays for it, and how to improve it". 

My faculty page at UTK Public Health.

My UTK expert profile including information on how to get in touch with me especially if you are a member of the media.

Research: My current and past research, including links to my papers, presentations, posters and grants.

Teaching: My current and past teaching, including links to presentations and other teaching material.

Training and workshops: Training, workshops, and continuing education programs that I offer and participate in.

Press and other links: Articles and other information about my work in the media and other links.

Dissemination: My blog posts and links to other professional writing.