Brian Elbel, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor; Chief – Section on Health Choice, Policy and Evaluation

Brian Elbel, PhD, MPHBrian Elbel, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Population Health and Health Policy at the NYU School of Medicine, where he heads the Section on Health Choice, Policy and Evaluation within the Department of Population Health. He also has a faculty appointment at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Dr. Elbel studies how individuals make decisions that influence their health and healthcare, with a particular emphasis on evaluation, obesity and food choice. His work uses behavioral economics to understand health and healthcare decision-making among vulnerable groups, and the role and influence of public policy on these decisions. Current research includes how to use behavioral economics to influence physicians’ prescribing practices; the impact of public policies mandating calorie labeling in restaurants; the impact of policies supporting the development of supermarkets in high need areas; and the influence of the food environment on childhood obesity; among others.

He directs the CDC-funded NYU Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN), which evaluates several New York City initiatives intended to improve healthy eating and drinking in New York City. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the New York State Health Foundation, and the Aetna Foundation. His work has been featured in numerous national television, radio, and print media outlets. Dr. Elbel has a B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and an MPH and PhD in Health Policy/Health Economics from Yale University.

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