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Stephen Inrig - PhD, MSCS

Director, Professor, Global Politics, Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Policy, History and Political Science, Public Policy

PhD, Duke University
MSCS, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School
MACT, Trinity University
BA, University of North Texas


Professor Inrig conducts research (and teaches) on the social determinants of health and the influence of health policies on vulnerable populations. A professionally trained health outcomes researcher and historian, Dr. Inrig's peer-reviewed research has explored the role of local, state, federal, and global policy on people at risk for HIV, cancer, and mental illness.

Dr. Inrig directs the graduate program in Healthcare Policy and Management at Mount Saint Mary's University, and also serves as director of interdisciplinary healthcare research. Prior to coming to Los Angeles, Dr. Inrig served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences Division of Outcomes and Health Services Research and was a member of the Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center, where he co-directed UT Southwestern's health care financing and policy rotation for the UT Southwestern School of Medicine and taught health management ethics at the University of Texas at Dallas School of Management.

Dr. Inrig's mixed-methods research includes creating a health infrastructure analytical tool used to create an electronic medical record and navigation tool for breast cancer navigators in rural North Texas. He is also involved in an NCI-funded mixed methods project analyzing screening process delivery systems and EHR meaningful use applications across seven health systems in the US and is currently studying the effect of organizational and county-level cancer service capacity on breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening outcomes in urban and rural settings in seven states. He has published retrospective policy analyses on the effect of state health policies on HIV screening, care, and control, as well as the effect international policy-bodies on national HIV epidemics around the globe. Dr. Inrig served on the Institutional Review Board for UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas; the Ethics Committee for Children's Medical Center in Dallas, Texas; and worked as Program Coordinator for the Promising Practices Program at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. His research has appeared in the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Philadelphia Inquirer, ABC-TV Dallas (WFAA), and CBS national radio.

Professor Inrig received his PhD in the History of Medicine and Health Policy from Duke University; his MS in Clinical Sciences (Health Systems Research) from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School; his MA in Intellectual History from Trinity International University; and his BA in History from the University of North Texas.


Inrig, Stephen and Michael Merson, (forthcoming) The HIV/AIDS Pandemic: The Search for a Global Response. New York: Oxford University Press,

Inrig, Stephen. (2011) North Carolina and the Problem of AIDS: Advocacy, Politics, and Race in the South. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 208pp.

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Pruitt SL, Lee SJC, Tiro JA, Xuan L, Ruiz JM, Inrig SJ (in press) Residential Racial Segregation and Mortality among Black, White, and Hispanic Urban Breast Cancer Patients in Texas, 1995-2009" Cancer

Inrig SJ, Tiro JA, Melhado TV, Argenbright K, E, Lee SJC. (2014) Evaluating a de-centralized regional delivery system for breast cancer screening & patient navigation for the rural underserved. Texas Public Health Journal, Spring, 66(2):25-34

Brandon AR, Shivakumar G, Inrig SJ, Sadler JZ, Lee SJC. (2014) "Ethical challenges in designing, conducting, and reporting research to improve the mental health of pregnant women: The voices of investigators and IRB members." American Journal of Bioethics-Empirical Bioethics, 5(2):25-43

Shivakumar G, Inrig SJ, Sadler JZ. (2011) "Community, constituency, and morbidity: applying Chervenak and McCullough's criteria." American Journal of Bioethics May, 11(5):57-60. (PMID:21534156)

Brandon, A.R., Shivakumar, G., Inrig, SJ., Lee, S.J.C. & Sadler, J.Z. (2009). Ethical issues in perinatal mental health Research. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 22(6),601-606. PMCID: PMC2841567Brandon,

A.R., Shivakumar, G., Inrig, SJ., Lee, S.J.C. & Sadler, J.Z. (2009). The cost of restricting Knowledge. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, S70(9), 1580. PMCID: PMC2841522

Sadler, J,Z., Jotterand, F., Lee, S.J.C., & Inrig, SJ., (2009). Can medicalization be good? Situating medicalization within bioethics. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, 30(6), 411. PMID: 19997778

Reviews and Other Publications
  1. Inrig, Stephen J. (2015) "The Origins of AIDS," Journal of Medical Humanities, Top of FormBottom of Form epub July 2014.
  2. _____. (2013) "The Bleeding Disease: Hemophilia and the Unintended Consequences of Medical Progress," The American Historical Review, June, 894-895
  3. Inrig, Stephen. (2012) "Public Health" The World Book Encyclopedia, New York: World Book, Inc.
  4. _____. (2012) "AIDS" The World Book Encyclopedia, New York: World Book, Inc.
  5. _____. (2012). "HIV/AIDS in the American South," The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, vol. 24, Science & Medicine, ed. by Charles Reagon Wilson et al. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press,
  6. _____. "Questioning the Premedical Paradigm." 2012, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, , 67 (4): 668-670.
  7. _____. (2011) "The African AIDS Epidemic: A History." Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 66 (1): 141-143.