About The Milbank Quarterly

Continuously published since 1923, The Milbank Quarterly features peer-reviewed original research, policy review, and analysis from academics, clinicians, and policymakers.

Learn More


Alan B. Cohen


Christopher F. Koller

Managing Editor

Tara Strome

2-year Impact Factor: 7.425
Journal Citation Reports ® 2018 Rankings: 1/81 (Health Policy & Services; 1/98 (Health Care Science & Services)

Most Recently Published from The Milbank Quarterly. See All Early Views 

Upcoming Topics

  • Leading Innovative Practice: Leadership Attributes in LEAP Practices
  • Personalized Medicine, Disruptive Innovation, and “Trailblazer” Guidelines
  1. Early View Original Scholarship

    Can Social Policies Improve Health? A Systematic Review and Meta‐Analysis of 38 Randomized Trials

    By:  Emilie Courtin Sooyoung Kim Shanshan Song Wenya Yu Peter Muennig

    Context: Insurers and health care providers are investing heavily in nonmedical social interventions in an effort to improve health and potentially… More

  2. Early View Perspective

    Redefining the “Public Option”: Lessons from Washington State and New Mexico

    By:  Michael S. Sparer

    The bitter and partisan debate over the future of the US health care system will play an important role in the 2020 presidential campaign, with… More

  3. Early View Perspective

    Bending the Cost Growth Curve and Expanding Coverage: Lessons from Germany’s All‐Payer System
    A Tribute to Uwe Reinhardt

    By:  Tsung-Mei Cheng

    In a Perspective, Tsung-Mei Cheng of Princeton pays tribute to her late husband by bringing attention to an often-overlooked path to universal health coverage that he strongly supported: Germany’s all-payer system. More

  4. Early View Original Scholarship

    Which Priorities for Health and Well‐Being Stand Out After Accounting for Tangled Threats and Costs? Simulating Potential Intervention Portfolios in Large Urban Counties

    By:  Bobby Milstein Jack Homer

    It’s challenging for regional health leaders to prioritize health interventions when facing so many tangled threats to health and well-being. In a new Milbank Quarterly study, Bobby Milstein of ReThink Health and Jack Homer of MIT Sloan School of Management used a new simulation model to project the impact of regional health and well-being interventions over 20 years. More

Current Issue

  1. Milbank Quarterly Classics

    The Basic Criterion of Public Health

    Read More

  2. Perspective

    Is Moderate Drinking Protective Against Heart Disease? The Science, Politics and History of a Public Health Conundrum

    Read More

  3. Original Scholarship

    The Association of State Opioid Misuse Prevention Policies With Patient- and Provider-Related Outcomes: A Scoping Review

    Read More

  4. Original Scholarship

    Medicaid Utilization and Spending among Homeless Adults in New Jersey: Implications for Medicaid‐Funded Tenancy Support Services

    Read More

  5. Original Scholarship

    Equity First: Conceptualizing a Normative Framework to Assess the Role of Preemption in Public Health

    Read More

  6. Original Scholarship

    Maternal Mortality and Public Health Programs: Evidence from Florida

    Read More

Read the Current Issue

The Milbank Quarterly Opinion

When Teaching Public Health Policy and Practice Becomes Reality: Lessons From the COVID-19 Crisis

Since 2015, I have taught a course at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health called Crisis and Response in Public Health Policy and…  More
Joshua M. Sharfstein

Joshua M. Sharfstein

Read Bio

Six Ideas to Address Problems in the United States Health Care System

The Democratic primary debate around health care has been a tug-of-war between the competing ideas of a Medicare for All plan versus enhancing the…  More
Sherry Glied

Sherry Glied

Read Bio

Healthy People 2030 Is On the Right Track—Aligning Measures Around Upstream Health Drivers

There is now general consensus that to improve the health and well-being of a population, we need to address all of the factors that drive health,…  More

See All Opinions