Diane Dewar

Diane Dewar

Associate Professor
School of Public Health
Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior


One University Place, Rm 161

PhD Economics University at Albany, SUNY 1993

Concentrations in Health Economics and Econometrics

Dr. Dewar smiles at the camera.

Diane Dewar, PhD, has been on the faculty of the Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior, School of Public Health, and the Department of Economics at the University at Albany, State University of New York for over 20 years.  Her teaching experience includes graduate courses in health economics, health policy and economic evaluation methods; as well as undergraduate courses in microeconomics, econometrics, health economics, and comparative health policy.  She has also taught internationally, giving lectures and full courses in countries such as Costa Rica, Columbia, South Korea and Vietnam.  Prior to coming to the School of Public Health, Diane lived several years in Canada and was a faculty member at the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Diane's service to the University includes past appointments in the School of Public Health as Department Chair and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, as well as serving as Chair of the University Senate and Chair or member of numerous Councils of the University.  For her efforts in the University and professional community, she is a recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Academic Service.  

Diane has worked extensively in the economic evaluations of health policies and public health interventions, which generally focus on improving the health and access to care for vulnerable populations.  She has been a Principal Investigator or co-Investigator on grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Her work includes numerous articles and books focusing on economic analyses of technological innovations to improve the health of vulnerable populations, health economic methodologies and health reform.  She was the Chair of the National Fellowship Panel of the American Association of University Women, serves on two of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality grant review standing study groups, and is a past president of the Public Health Honor Society, Delta Omega, Alpha Gamma Chapter.  Her work has received recognition in that she is the recipient of the inaugural William Waters Research Award from the Association of Social Economists, and received the Aetna Susan B. Anthony Award for Research on Older Women from the Gerontological Section of the American Public Health Association.


Research Interests

  • Comparative economic evaluations of public health interventions
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Chronic disease
  • End of life care
  • International health


Courses Frequently Taught

  • HPM500 Health Care Organization, Delivery and Financing
  • HPM655 Global Health Economics
  • SPH342 How US Health Care Works:  Myths and Realities
  • TUNI150 Honors College Seminar:  Health Reform from a Global Perspective