David J. Washburn, SCD, SM

Associate Professor

MHA Program Director
Room 1921
David Washburn headshot

Education & Affiliations

ScD, Global Health & Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
SM, Population & International Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
BA, International Relations, Brown University


Dave Washburn is clinical associate professor and director of the MHA program in the Department of Health Policy and Management. He received both his Doctor of Science and Master of Science from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to his academic career, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, and worked as a strategic and capital health care planner for the San Francisco VA Medical Center and then Stanford Health Care. He has worked on federal, state, and local grants and contracts worth over $8 million as the Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator, or as a Co-Investigator, including a large multi-year contract as an evaluator of Texas’ Medicaid Waiver.

Research Areas

Dr. Washburn’s research interests include health disparities, access to care, social determinants of health, immigration and health, and global health.

Honors & Awards

  • Teaching Award: Distinguished Achievement Award at the College Level, Texas A&M (2022)
  • U.S. Presidential Management Fellow (2011)
  • Fulbright Scholar – Garcia Robles Public Policy Scholar (2007)


View Dr. Washburn's publications at his Google Scholar link


HPAM 6050 Health Systems Concepts
SPHL 6070 Health Systems, Policy, and Management