Jeff Levin, PhD, MPH
Dr. Jeff Levin, an epidemiologist and religious scholar, holds a distinguished chair at Baylor University, where he is University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health, Professor of Medical Humanities, and Director of the Program on Religion and Population Health at the Institute for Studies of Religion. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center.

Dr. Levin was the first scientist to systematically review the empirical literature on religion and health, and the first scientist funded by the NIH to conduct research on the topic. He has authored over 185 scholarly publications, mostly on the instrumental functions of religion for physical and mental health, general well-being, and aging. He has written or edited eight books, most recently Healing to All Their Flesh: Jewish and Christian Perspectives on Spirituality, Theology, and Health (Templeton Press, 2012) and Judaism and Health: A Handbook of Practical, Professional and Scholarly Resources (Jewish Lights, 2013). According to the Institute for Scientific Information, Dr. Levin is one of the most highly cited social scientists in the world.

Dr. Levin's current research and writing are focused on three areas: (a) social and epidemiologic research on Judaism and population health, (b) theories of healing and the work of healers, and (c) the role of faith-based initiatives in public health and healthcare policy. He is married to Dr. Lea Steele, Research Professor in the Baylor Institute of Biomedical Studies.


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  • A.B., Religion (with Distinction) and Sociology (with Distinction), Duke University, 1981
  • M.P.H., Health Behavior, University of North Carolina School of Public Health, 1983
  • Ph.D., Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch, 1987
  • NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Institute of Gerontology, University of Michigan, 1987-89

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