Thomas Oliver

Credentials: PhD, MHA

Position title: Professor of Population Health Sciences


Phone: (608) 262-6731

Room 611a WARF Office Building
610 Walnut Street
Madison, WI 53726

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Thomas R. Oliver is Professor of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He has served as Director of the UW Master of Public Health program and the Wisconsin Center for Public Health Education and Training and is a faculty affiliate with the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs. Professor Oliver graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology. He received a master’s degree in Health Administration from Duke University and master’s and doctoral degrees in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Pew Health Policy Program at the University of California, San Francisco. Before coming to Wisconsin, he taught at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. Professor Oliver’s research examines critical issues in health policy, politics, and system reform. His current work includes studies of the role of intersectoral governance, leadership and partnerships to stimulate and guide population health improvement, key issues in US health policy, and comparative analysis of health policies in the US and European Union.

Courses Taught

  • PHS 785: Health Systems, Management, and Policy (course director)
  • PHS 810-915: International Health Systems and Policy
  • PHS 717: Population Medicine and Epidemiology (co-instructor)


  • American Political Science Association
  • American Public Health Association
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
  • AcademyHealth

Curriculum Vitae

Tom Oliver CV