Faculty Profile

James H. Buszkiewicz, PhD, MPH

James H. Buszkiewicz, PhD, MPH

Research Investigator
SPH I, 2677 
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Dr. Buszkiewicz is a social epidemiologist who applies both epidemiologic and econometric methods to understand how policy can address key structural determinants of health, such as income inequity, racism, and the built environment. To date, his work has examined the impact of raising state minimum wages on health and mental wellbeing, the influence of measures of the built environment and food environment on body weight trajectories, and the influence of policy changes in response to COVID-19 on diet quality and food insecurity. As part of Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health (CSEPH) and Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science, the Center for the Assessment of Tobacco and Health (CAsToR), his work examines how the Food and Drug Administration’s tobacco control policies, such as couponing and flavoring, may be used as a tool to reduce racial/ethnic and socioeconomic inequities in polytobacco use and health.

Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2020
M.P.H., Epidemiology, Boston University, 2012
B.A., Biology with a concentration in Ecology and Conservation Science, Boston University, 2010

Research interests:

  • Social determinants of health
  • Health inequities
  • Policy
  • Work
  • Nutrition
  • Food insecurity
  • Obesity
  • Health behavior
  • Mental health
  • COVID-19
  • Tobacco use

Current projects:

The University of Michigan Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science, the Center for the Assessment of Tobacco and Health (CAsToR), is one of nice sites in the nation awarded by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health to conduct research to directly inform FDA regulation of tobacco products. As a CAsToR research investigator, I am currently involved in two projects: Research Project 3: Modeling the Impact of Tobacco Control Policies on Polytobacco Use and Associated Health Disparities and R37: The Impact of Tobacco Control Policies on Health Equity in the United States. My goal is to examine the impact of FDA policies related to couponing and flavorings on polytobacco use and related race-gender health inequities.

  • Buszkiewicz JH, Bobb JF, Kapos F, Hurvitz PM, Arterburn D, Moudon AV, Cook A, Mooney SJ, Cruz M, Gupta S, Lozano P, Rosenberg DE, Theis MK, Anau J, Drewnowski A. Differential associations of the built environment on weight gain by sex and race/ethnicity but not age. International Journal of Obesity 2021. Published online August 2021:1‑9. doi:10.1038/s41366‑021‑00937‑9
  • Buszkiewicz JH, Bobb JF, Hurvitz PM, Arterburn DE, Vernez Moudon A, Cook AJ, Mooney SJ, Cruz M, Gupta S, Lozano P, Rosenberg DE, Kay Theis M, Anau J, Drewnowski A, Theis MK, Anau J, Drewnowski A. Does the built environment have independent obesogenic power? Urban form and rajectories of weight gain. International Journal of Obesity. Published online 2021. doi:10.1038/s41366‑021‑00836‑z
  • Buszkiewicz JH, Hill HD, Otten JJ. Association of state minimum wage rates and health in working age adults using the National Health Interview Survey. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2020;190(1).  doi:10.1093/aje/kwaa018 
  • Buszkiewicz J, Rose C, Gupta S, Ko LK, Mou J, Moudon AV, Hurvitz PM, Cook A, Aggarwal A, Drewnowski A. A cross‑sectional analysis of physical activity and weight misreporting in diverse populations: The Seattle Obesity Study III. Obesity Science & Practice. 2020;6(6):615‑627. doi:10.1002/osp4.449
  • Buszkiewicz J, House C, Aggarwal A, Long M, Drewnowski A, Otten JJ. The impact of a city‑level minimum wage policy on supermarket food prices by food quality metrics: A two‑year follow up study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019;16(1):102. doi:10.3390/ijerph16010102

  • Society for Epidemiologic Research
  • International Association of Population Health Science
  • The Obesity Society
  • AcademyHealth
  • Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
  • Rogel Cancer Center (University of Michigan)