Marguerite Burns

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Professor of Population Health Sciences


Phone: (608) 265-5282

Room 730 WARF Office Building
610 Walnut Street
Madison, WI 53726

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Marguerite Burns, PhD

Dr. Marguerite Burns is an associate professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health, and faculty affiliate with the Institute for Research on Poverty, the Health Innovation Program, the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Burns previously served on the faculty in the Department of Population Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute.

Dr. Burns holds a PhD in Population Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin, where she studied health services research and health economics. Her overarching research interest is in the role that public health insurance plays in furthering the health and welfare of disadvantaged adults- particularly adults with mental illness, addiction disorders, and those who have a history of criminal justice involvement. Her research portfolio includes studies that have examined the effects of federal, state, and organizational policies on access to Medicaid; research on the effects of access to Medicaid on participation in the Supplemental Security Income program; studies on the impact of Medicaid coverage, the scope of its benefits, and its delivery system on health care use; and research on the effects of Medicaid coverage on criminogenic, employment, and health care use among formerly incarcerated adults. An additional stream of work examines treatment access, quality and outcomes for opioid use disorder among Medicaid beneficiaries within a research collaboration between university-Medicaid agency partnerships in 14 states.

Dr. Burns has held leadership positions in several national efforts to strengthen the evidence-base that informs state Medicaid program design including the AcademyHealth’s State University Partnership Learning Network Steering Committee, and the Advisory Board for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Waiver Evaluation Learning Collaborative. She currently serves on the Wisconsin Medicaid Advisory Committee and the Wisconsin Council on Offender Reentry  Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the NBER’s Retirement Research Center, the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Partnership Program, and the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Courses Taught

  • PHS 890 Substance Use Research: Prevalence, Policy, Treatment (Syllabus)


  • AcademyHeatlh
  • American Society of Health Economists
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

Curriculum Vitae

Marguerite Burns CV