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David Grembowski, PhD, MA

David Grembowski

Professor, Health Services
Professor, Oral Health Sciences
Adjunct Professor, Sociology


Research Interests

Dr. Grembowski teaches social determinants of population health and health program evaluation, and his evaluation interests address prevention and the performance of health care systems. His studies have examined efforts to improve quality by increasing access to care in integrated delivery systems; managed care and physician referrals; managed care and patient-physician relationships; cost-effectiveness of preventive services for older adults; fluoridation effects on oral health and dental demand; financial incentives and dentist adoption of preventive technologies; effects of dental insurance on dental demand, and the link between mother and child access to dental care. His research interests include the design and performance of health care systems; prevention; technology diffusion. His methodology interests are program evaluation and survey research.


  1. Lyles CR, Karter AJ, Young BA, Spigner C, Grembowski D, Schillinger D, Adler N. Patient-Reported Racial/Ethnic Healthcare Provider Discrimination and Medication Intensification in the Diabetes Study of Northern California (DISTANCE). J Gen Intern Med. 2011 May 6. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 21547610 PubMed
  2. Bekemeier B, Grembowski D, Yang YR, Herting JR. Local Public Health Delivery of Maternal Child Health Services: Are Specific Activities Associated with Reductions in Black-White Mortality Disparities? Matern Child Health J. 2011 Apr 20. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 21505777 PubMed
  3. Grembowski D, Bekemeier B, Conrad D, Kreuter W. Are local health department expenditures related to racial disparities in mortality? Soc Sci Med. 2010 Dec;71(12):2057-65. Epub 2010 Sep 29.  PMID: 21050631 PubMed
  4. Grembowski D, Spiekerman C, Milgrom P. Linking mother access to dental care and child oral health. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2009 Oct;37(5):381-90. Epub 2009 Jul 22.  PMID: 19681985 PubMed
  5. Grembowski D, Spiekerman C, Milgrom P. Racial and ethnic differences in a regular source of dental care and the oral health, behaviors, beliefs and services of low-income mothers. Community Dent Health. 2009 Jun;26(2):69-76.  PMID: 19626737 PubMed