Jason Paltzer, PhD, MPH

Jason Paltzer, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
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Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

About Dr. Paltzer

Jason Paltzer works in the area of alcohol epidemiology and substance abuse prevention in low-income populations. His research focuses on adapting behavioral screening and intervention for use in community-based settings with specific interest in leveraging community health and faith-based partnerships to develop effective peer support recovery programs. He received his MPH from the University of Minnesota and his PhD in Population Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin. He has worked in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America with various community and church-based health initiatives. Dr. Paltzer sits on the board of directors for Esperanca, a global health organization based in Phoenix, Arizona and serves as a global health and development consultant for faith-based organizations.


  • PUBH 4340 Global Health
  • PUBH 5379 Research Methods

Selected Publications:

Paltzer J, Moberg DP, Burns ME, Brown RL. (2019) Multilevel analysis of paraprofessional-administered substance use screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment on health care utilization: a cost-offset study. Medical Care, Jul 11 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 31295165

Paltzer J. (2018) Leading a Community Engagement Approach for Integral Mission in Central Africa and Southeast Asia. Journal of Scholarly Engagement, 2(1):30-40.

Paltzer J, Mullahy J, Brown RL, Moberg DP, Sethi AK, Burns ME, & Weimer D. (2017) Substance use screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment among Medicaid patients in Wisconsin: Impacts on healthcare utilization and costs. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research; 44(1):102-112. DOI: 10.1007/s11414-016-9510-2. PMID: 27221694

Paltzer J, Magnussen D, Diprete Brown L. (2015) Scaling up success to improve health: toward a rapid assessment guide for decision makers. Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health; 4(2), electronic version.

Paltzer J., Black PD, & Moberg DP. (2013) Evaluating Community Readiness to Implement Environmental and Policy-Based Alcohol Abuse Prevention Strategies in Wisconsin. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education; 57(3): 27-50. PMID: 25346555

Paltzer J, Barker ES, & Witt WP. (2013) Measuring the Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) of Young Children in Resource-Limited Settings: A Review of Existing Measures. Quality of Life Research; 22(6):1177-87.