M Harvey Brenner, PhD

Professor - Health Behavior & Health Sys
Health Behavior & Health Systems
Research interests:Impact of the international economy on global health.

M. Harvey Brenner, PhD, is a recognized expert on the interaction of health and economies. He has demonstrated that the single most important factor worldwide in elevating life expectancy is sustainable economic growth.

Over a 35-year career in researching the economy and public health, Dr. Brenner has developed econometric models that show the relationship between the health of an economy and the health of its people. Today, he and his research team are examining the impact of the international recession on life expectancy and the major causes of death world-wide, including heart disease, cancer and stroke.

His work includes statistical models on infant and child health for the United States as a whole, 40 industrialized countries and more than 120 industrialized and developing countries.

At the national level, his research has given evidence of the impact of economic change on mortality patterns over time. These studies have shown that changes in population socioeconomic status are the central sources of national mortality trends and fluctuations. These include national income, unemployment rates, educational level and proportion of the population engaged in services occupations. For the United States having health insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid, are also essential to life expectation.

Dr. Brenner has taught in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the UNT Health Science Center from 2005-2010. Since then, he has been a professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health.

In addition to UNTHSC, Dr. Brenner has taught at Yale University and Harvard University, as well as Johns Hopkins University and Berlin University of Technology.

He has served as a consultant for the United Nations Social Defense Research Institute, World Health Organization, Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, the European Union, and several European countries.
Academic:Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

Master of Arts, Sociology, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

Bachelor of Arts, Economics, City University of New York, New York


Honors:2005 – Faculty Award for Outstanding Research, UNT Health Science Center, School of Public Health

1997 – American Public Health Association “Career Award for Scientific Excellence”