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Daniel Skinner, Ph.D.

Areas of Expertise:
Affordable Care Act, Health Policy, Hospitals, Medicaid, Medical Humanities, Medicare, Ohio's Opioid Crisis, Political Science, Political Theory, Politics, Social Medicine, State Politics and Policy

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“People are often surprised to learn that a political scientist is on faculty at a medical school,” said Daniel Skinner, a health policy professor at Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. “But politics is at the heart of the policy process, and shapes everything from how professional relationships are formed to changes in our health care system. We need to be politically astute to make good policy, and we need physicians to be involved in these decisions.”

At the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Skinner teaches a range of subjects, from Medicaid reform to Medicare financing to the Affordable Care Act’s significance to primary care. His lectures often emphasize the challenges of developing a health care system that provides access to all Americans, but that is of increasingly high quality and affordable. He also oversees a rotation that takes fourth-year students out of the hospital and teaches them the background of medicine, like human resources, finance, and what it is like to serve outside of hospitals in resources like clinics in low-income areas. 

Dr. Skinner provides a level-headed approach to policy in the political arena and can speak expertly on many topics, including what repealing the Affordable Care Act would mean, the benefits and challenges of establishing a national health insurance plan, and the policy challenges and politics of the opioid crisis. 

Prior to joining Ohio University, Dr. Skinner taught at Capital University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, and City University of New York-Hunter College. He speaks regularly about health care and politics throughout North America. He is Co-Director of the Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship, a national training program for osteopathic professionals associated with the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. He is also Associate Editor for the Americas for the peer-reviewed journal Critical Public Health and Director of Ohio University’s Comparative Health Systems--Cuba program, in which Ohio University students travel to Cuba to learn about the Latin American country’s health care system. 

Skinner is the co-editor (with Heritage College professor Berkeley Franz) of the forthcoming Not Far From Me: Stories of Opioids and Ohio (Ohio State University Press, 2019). He is also author of numerous academic articles on politics and health care, published in journals such as The Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, The Journal of Rural Health, The Journal of Medical Humanities, The Review of Politics, and Public Administration Review. In addition, he is currently in the process of completing his second book, entitled The Politics of Medical Necessity (University of Minnesota Press), and third book (with Franz and UMASS sociologist Jonathan Wynn) entitled Medical Urbanism: A Sociology of Hospital and Community Development (University of Chicago Press). 

Skinner earned a Ph.D. and an M.A. in political science from City University of New York, The Graduate Center. 

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