Harald Schmidt, PhD, MA


Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine

Harald Schmidt, PhD, MA, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and a Research Associate at the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, both at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. His research centers around personal responsibility for health, public health ethics and priority setting. His principal current research interests are the ethics of work requirement in Medicaid and the ethics of novel medication adherence monitoring technologies that can veer between depersonalizing surveillance and genuine patient empowerment. The overall goal of his research is to combine robust conceptual and empirical work to contribute to more evidence-based, equitable and efficient health care policy and practice. Before coming to the University of Pennsylvania, Harald was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice at the Harvard School of Public Health, and for seven years served as Assistant Director of the U.K.'s Nuffield Council on Bioethics in London. He completed his Ph.D. in Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science's LSE Health and previously studied Philosophy at the Universities of Bremen, Oxford and Münster. Harald is a member of the Management Committee of the International Society on Priorities in Health Care, and a member of UNESCO's Ethics Task Force.