Michael Cousineau, DPH

Professor Emeritus of Clinical Preventive Medicine

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Michael R. Cousineau is Emeritus Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences at USC. He has a joint appointment in the Sol Price School of Public Policy. He taught in both the Masters in Public Health program and in the Professionalism and the Practice of Medicine and Keck School of Medicine. He was the director of the MD MPH program at USC Keck School of Medicine. He attended U.C. Berkeley with an undergraduate degree in genetics and has a masters and a doctorate from the UCLA School of Public Health. His work focuses on health policy and health services and evaluation research, access to care for the low income uninsured, governance and operation of safety-net providers including public hospitals, community-based clinics and health centers; and health needs of vulnerable populations including the unhoused. His work includes studying the impact of initiatives to expand health insurance to adults and children, the dynamics of insurance coverage decisions by small businesses, alternative governance of safety net hospitals, and the health and mental health needs of the homeless. He has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services, the U.S. Health Services and Services Administration, The California Endowment, the Office of Minority Health, Blue Shield Foundation, the California Healthcare Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has published in Health Affairs, Medical Care, Public Health Reports, the American Journal of Public Health, Academic Medicine, and Health Services Research.


  • Advocacy for Health Justice: An Innovative Pilot Course for MD and Master of Public Policy Students Teach Learn Med. 2024 Apr-May; 36(2):198-210. . View in PubMed
  • Placement into Scattered-Site or Place-Based Permanent Supportive Housing in Los Angeles County, CA, During the COVID-19 Pandemic Adm Policy Ment Health. 2024 Mar 14. . View in PubMed
  • Behavioral Health Care Delivery Through Street Medicine Programs in California Community Ment Health J. 2024 Feb; 60(2):283-291. . View in PubMed
  • Investigating the Comparative Effectiveness of Place-Based and Scatter-Site Permanent Supportive Housing for People Experiencing Homelessness During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Protocols for a Mixed Methods, Prospective Longitudinal Study JMIR Res Protoc. 2023 Apr 28; 12:e46782. . View in PubMed
  • Insurance coverage change and survivorship care among young adult survivors of childhood cancer Health Serv Res. 2022 02; 57(1):159-171. . View in PubMed
  • Community-Based Health Care Navigation’s Impact on Access to Primary Care for Low-Income Latinos J Am Board Fam Med. 2022 Jan-Feb; 35(1):44-54. . View in PubMed
  • Disparities in COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among Los Angeles County adults after vaccine authorization Prev Med Rep. 2021 Dec; 24:101544. . View in PubMed
  • Dual MD-MPH Degree Students in the United States: Moving the Medical Workforce Toward Population Health Public Health Rep. 2021 Sep-Oct; 136(5):640-647. . View in PubMed
  • Project Forward: A Population-Based Cohort Among Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancers JNCI Cancer Spectr. 2021 10; 5(5). . View in PubMed
  • Barriers to Physician-Based Skin Examinations for Adolescent and Young Adult Survivors of Melanoma in the Project Forward Study JAMA Dermatol. 2021 07 01; 157(7):874-876. . View in PubMed
  • A Tobacco Control Framework for Regulating Public Consumption of Cannabis: Multistate Analysis and Policy Implications Am J Public Health. 2020 02; 110(2):203-208. . View in PubMed
  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 and the Case to Cover Undocumented Immigrants in California Health Equity. 2020; 4(1):500-504. . View in PubMed
  • Study Design, Protocol and Profile of the Maternal And Developmental Risks from Environmental and Social Stressors (MADRES) Pregnancy Cohort: a Prospective Cohort Study in Predominantly Low-Income Hispanic Women in Urban Los Angeles BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2019 May 30; 19(1):189. . View in PubMed
  • Tobacco Retail Licensing and Youth Product Use Pediatrics. 2019 02; 143(2). . View in PubMed
  • Insurance Coverage, and Having a Regular Provider, and Utilization of Cancer Follow-up and Noncancer Health Care Among Childhood Cancer Survivors Inquiry. 2019 Jan-Dec; 56:46958018817996. . View in PubMed
  • Barriers to Primary Care After the Affordable Care Act: A Qualitative Study of Los Angeles Safety-Net Patients’ Experiences Health Equity. 2019; 3(1):423-430. . View in PubMed
  • Evaluation of a Digital Diabetes Prevention Program Adapted for Low-Income Patients, 2016-2018 Prev Chronic Dis. 2019 11 27; 16:E155. . View in PubMed
  • Evaluation of a digital diabetes prevention program adapted for the Medicaid population: Study design and methods for a non-randomized, controlled trial Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2018 Jun; 10:161-168. . View in PubMed
  • What do medical students think about health-care policy education? Educ Health (Abingdon). 2018 Jan-Apr; 31(1):54-55.. View in PubMed
  • The role of spatially-derived access-to-care characteristics in melanoma prevention and control in Los Angeles county Health Place. 2017 05; 45:160-172. . View in PubMed
  • Advocacy coalitions involved in California’s menu labeling policy debate: Exploring coalition structure, policy beliefs, resources, and strategies Soc Sci Med. 2017 03; 177:78-86. . View in PubMed
  • Community health events for enrolling uninsured into public health insurance programs: implications for health reform J Public Health Manag Pract. 2014 Nov-Dec; 20(6):583-6. . View in PubMed
  • Assessment of student interprofessional education (IPE) training for team-based geriatric home care: does IPE training change students’ knowledge and attitudes? Home Health Care Serv Q. 2014; 33(4):177-93.. View in PubMed
  • Transforming a family medicine center and residency program into a federally qualified health center Acad Med. 2013 May; 88(5):657-62. . View in PubMed
  • Two responses to a premium hike in a program for uninsured kids: 4 in 5 families stay in as enrollment shrinks by a fifth Health Aff (Millwood). 2012 Feb; 31(2):360-6. . View in PubMed
  • Association of experiences of medical home quality with health-related quality of life and school engagement among Latino children in low-income families Health Serv Res. 2011 Dec; 46(6pt1):1822-42. . View in PubMed
  • Healthy Kids insurance and experiences of medical home quality for vulnerable children Med Care. 2011 Sep; 49(9):828-33. . View in PubMed
  • Measuring the impact of outreach and enrollment strategies for public health insurance in California Health Serv Res. 2011 Feb; 46(1 Pt 2):319-35. . View in PubMed
  • The intersection of public policy and health behavior theory in the physical activity arena J Phys Act Health. 2010 Mar; 7 Suppl 1:S91-8. . View in PubMed
  • Using an alliance of independent health consumer assistance centers to change public policy in California Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2010; 4(4):331-40. . View in PubMed
  • Improvements in access to care for vulnerable children in California between 2001 and 2005 Public Health Rep. 2009 Sep-Oct; 124(5):682-91. . View in PubMed
  • Changes in uncompensated pediatric ambulatory care visits for uninsured children among safety net providers after implementing a health insurance program for children of low-income families J Public Health Manag Pract. 2009 Jul-Aug; 15(4):E1-6. . View in PubMed
  • More on ‘healthy kids’ Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 Jan-Feb; 28(1):298-9. . View in PubMed
  • Collaboration and competition in a children’s health initiative coalition: a network analysis Eval Program Plann. 2008 Nov; 31(4):392-402. . View in PubMed
  • Preventable hospitalizations among children in California counties after child health insurance expansion initiatives Med Care. 2008 Feb; 46(2):142-7. . View in PubMed
  • Enrolling in Medicaid through the National School Lunch Program: outcome of a pilot project in California schools Public Health Rep. 2007 Jul-Aug; 122(4):452-60. . View in PubMed
  • Children’s Health Initiatives in California: the experiences of local coalitions pursuing universal coverage for children Am J Public Health. 2007 Apr; 97(4):738-43. . View in PubMed
  • Crisis & commitment: 150 years of service by Los Angeles county public hospitals Am J Public Health. 2007 Apr; 97(4):606-15. . View in PubMed
  • An evaluation of independent consumer assistance centers on problem resolution and user satisfaction: the consumer perspective J Community Health. 2005 Apr; 30(2):89-106. . View in PubMed
  • Improving the nutritional resource environment for healthy living through community-based participatory research J Gen Intern Med. 2003 Jul; 18(7):568-75. . View in PubMed
  • Meeting the data needs of a local health department: the Los Angeles County Health Survey Am J Public Health. 2001 Dec; 91(12):1950-2. . View in PubMed
  • Privatizing indigent health services in Los Angeles County: understanding the effects on community-based providers Health Serv Manage Res. 2000 Aug; 13(3):187-99. . View in PubMed
  • Medicaid managed care’s impact on safety-net clinics in California Health Aff (Millwood). 2000 Jan-Feb; 19(1):194-202. . View in PubMed
  • Health status of and access to health services by residents of urban encampments in Los Angeles J Health Care Poor Underserved. 1997 Feb; 8(1):70-82. . View in PubMed
  • Loss of Medicaid and access to health services Health Care Financ Rev. 1991; 12(4):17-26. . View in PubMed
  • Health status and access to health services among the urban homeless Am J Public Health. 1986 May; 76(5):561-3. . View in PubMed
  • Medi-Cal hospital contracting–did it achieve its legislative objectives? West J Med. 1985 Jul; 143(1):118-24.. View in PubMed
  • Competing for Medi-Cal business: why hospitals did, and did not, get contracts Inquiry. 1985; 22(3):237-50. . View in PubMed
  • Effectiveness of state mandates to maintain local government health services for the poor J Health Polit Policy Law. 1984; 9(2):223-36. . View in PubMed