Faculty Expert Profile
- Professor of the Practice in Health Policy and Management
- Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement, Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Bloomberg American Health Initiative
- Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness
- Center for Population Health Information Technology (CPHIT)
- School of Medicine
Joshua Sharfstein frequently writes and comments on a wide range of issues, including rebuilding public health infrastructure, responding to crises, improving health care payment, and reducing addiction and overdose. He directs the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, a national effort to address violence, environmental challenges, adolescent health, the food system, and addiction.
Sharfstein co-hosts the Public Health On Call podcast, which was created in the early days of COVID-19 to make credible, scientific expertise accessible to the public in quick, clear, and informative conversations. He is the co-author of "The Opioid Epidemic: What Everyone Needs to Know" (Oxford University Press, 2019) and is the author of 2018's "The Public Health Crisis Survival Guide," a look at how to improve leadership in trying times.
Previously, Sharfstein served as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; the Principal Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Commissioner of Health for Baltimore City; and health policy advisor for Congressman Henry A. Waxman.