David Jones

David K. Jones, PhD

Associate Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health


David K. Jones is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management at Boston University’s School of Public Health. He was the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of www.PublicHealthPost.org, an online forum for public health policy launched in November 2016. David earned a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Health Services, Organizations, and Policy. He holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) from the University of North Carolina, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from McGill University.

His research examines the politics of health reform and the social determinants of health. His recent book "Exchange Politics: Opposing Obamacare in Battleground States" (Oxford University Press 2017) focuses on how states made decisions around what type of health insurance exchange to establish as part of the Affordable Care Act’s implementation. He is working on a new book using Photovoice to examine the social determinants of health in the Mississippi Delta, re-tracing Robert Kennedy's steps in the region. He also studies Medicaid, CHIP, and health reform in France. He has been cited in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal among other places. He testified before the Michigan Legislature’s House Health Policy Committee during their consideration of a health insurance exchange.

He has been awarded AUPHA’s John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators, AcademyHealth’s Outstanding Dissertation Award, and the BU School of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award. Prior to graduate school he interned in the Idaho Legislature, the Canadian House of Commons, and Congressman Charlie Rangel’s district office in Harlem, NY. David is originally from New York City where he worked as a pretzel vendor at Yankee Stadium.


  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, PhD
  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, MA Field of Study: Political Science
  • University of North Carolina, MSPH Field of Study: Public Health
  • McGill University, BA Field of Study: Sociology

Classes Taught

  • SPHPH845
  • SPHPM760


  • Published on 4/1/2021

    Miller EA, Huberfeld N, Jones DK. Pursuing Medicaid Block Grants with the Healthy Adult Opportunity Initiative: Dressing Up Old Ideas in New Clothes. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2021 04 01; 46(2):357-374. PMID: 32955558.

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  • Published on 2/2/2021

    Davoust M, Grim V, Hunter A, Jones DK, Rosenbloom D, Stein MD, Drainoni ML. Examining the implementation of police-assisted referral programs for substance use disorder services in Massachusetts. Int J Drug Policy. 2021 06; 92:103142. PMID: 33546937.

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  • Published on 1/1/2021

    Jones DK, Atkeson P, Goodman A, Houston M. More Public Health Leaders Should Run for Office. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2021 Jan/Feb; 27(1):1-3. PMID: 32011593.

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  • Published on 12/1/2020

    Huberfeld N, Gordon SH, Jones DK. Federalism Complicates the Response to the COVID-19 Health and Economic Crisis: What Can Be Done? J Health Polit Policy Law. 2020 12 01; 45(6):951-965. PMID: 32464666.

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  • Published on 11/3/2020

    Jay J, Bor J, Nsoesie EO, Lipson SK, Jones DK, Galea S, Raifman J. Neighbourhood income and physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Nat Hum Behav. 2020 12; 4(12):1294-1302. PMID: 33144713.

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  • Published on 10/22/2020

    Oberlander J, Singer PM, Jones DK. Can the Elections End the Health Reform Stalemate? N Engl J Med. 2020 Oct 22; 383(17):1601-1603. PMID: 33085858.

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  • Published on 8/19/2020

    Zhu JM, Grande D, Jones DK, Tipirneni R. Health Policy Perspective: Medicaid and State Politics Beyond COVID. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Oct; 35(10):3040-3042. PMID: 32813219.

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  • Published on 8/1/2020

    Jones DK, Gordon SH, Huberfeld N. Have the ACA's Exchanges Succeeded? It's Complicated. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2020 08 01; 45(4):661-676. PMID: 32186335.

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  • Published on 2/14/2020

    Jones, DK. What is Next in the Health Care Reform Debate After New Hampshire?. JAMA Health Forum. 2020.

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  • Published on 2/1/2020

    Griffith KN, Jones DK, Bor JH, Sommers BD. Changes In Health Insurance Coverage, Access To Care, And Income-Based Disparities Among US Adults, 2011-17. Health Aff (Millwood). 2020 02; 39(2):319-326. PMID: 32011953.

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