Teaching Award Recipient, 2019-20

Dr. Deborah Levine
Health Policy and Management

Dr. Deborah Levine, associate professor of health policy and management, has earned the 2019-20 Joseph R. Accinno Faculty Teaching Award. The award is presented annually to the Providence College faculty member who best exhibits excellence in teaching, passion and enthusiasm for learning, and genuine concern for students’ academic and personal growth.

Dr. Levine, who has been a member of the PC faculty since 2009, teaches courses that include “Introduction to the American Health Care System” and “Diet, Nutrition, and Obesity in the United States.” The latter directly aligns with her areas of academic expertise. A nominator’s experience in the former is one reason why Dr. Levine is this year’s Accinno recipient.

“If I were a freshman taking this class, I would be very likely to become an HPM major,” the student wrote. “Much of our semester focused on either the history of the health care system or insurance, which are not easy topics. Dr. Levine loves history and used this passion to make sure that students enjoyed these topics, as well. For insurance, she used very relevant current events to emphasize how important of a topic this was.”

Aside from her work in the classroom, Dr. Levine is a scholar in the areas of the history of medicine, health, patient experience, health insurance, and disease. She regularly presents at national and international conferences, her work often appears in scholarly journals, and her expertise has been sought by media outlets that include The Washington PostThe New York Times, and CBS Evening News.

Dr. Levine earned her bachelor’s degree from Washington University, where she also was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, and her doctoral degree from Harvard University.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Levine on this well-deserved honor.