RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Health Policy, Health Services Research
Area(s) of Expertise:
News Media and Public Opinion, Social Determinants of Health, Public Health Ethics, Mental Health Services, Genetics Policy Issues
Sarah Gollust is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and the Associate Director of the RWJF program that began in 2016, Interdisciplinary Research Leaders. From 2008 to 2010 she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. Her broad research interests are in the politics and ethics of health policy, and she is particularly interested in understanding the media’s role in influencing the public’s opinions and perceptions of health policy issues. Her recent published research has examined media framing of and public opinion toward health inequalities, type 2 diabetes, childhood obesity, and the HPV vaccine. She completed her PhD in Health Services Organization and Policy from the University of Michigan in 2008. Prior to beginning graduate school, she was a fellow in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and the National Human Genome Research Institute, where she conducted research on the ethical and social implications of genetic testing.