Dr. Michael Sparer, Professor, former Executive MPH Director and current Health Policy & Management Chair will be recognized at the Columbia University Commencement. President Bollinger will present him with the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. This is the University’s highest honor for teaching excellence, which is awarded to only five Columbia University faculty members each year.
Professor Sparer teaches over 200-300 students each year in the School’s Issues and Approaches in Health Policy and Management course. This core course is required of all candidates for the MPH degree. It must be comprehensible and valuable not only to students in the health policy and management department, but also to those concentrating in epidemiology, biostatistics, population and family health, environment sciences, and socio-medical sciences, an extremely heterogeneous group. Yet each semester, Professor Sparer receives rave reviews. He has a unique ability to weave history, social theory, current events, and jokes about college basketball with the nitty-gritty of US health policy. He makes a three-hour lecture fly by and actually puts health care policies in terms one can understand and remember.
Congratulations Dr. Sparer!