Marian Jarlenski

  • Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management
  • Associate Director, Center for Innovative Research on Gender Health Equity
  • Vice Chair for Practice, Health Policy and Management

Dr. Jarlenski's work advances knowledge about how policies may affect pregnancy and reproductive health. Currently, Dr. Jarlenski leads a multi-disciplinary research group with Dr. Elizabeth Krans to investigate how to improve health outcomes for persons with opioid use disorders in pregnancy. She is Principal Investigator of two research projects: 1) research using real-world data to understand access to and quality of OUD treatment and pregnancy outcomes (R01DA045675), and 2) an implementation-effectiveness trial of a provider-level intervention to improve OUD treatment in pregnancy and subsequent outcomes (R01DA049759). Dr. Jarlenski also conducts work under an inter-governmental agreement to provide research support for the Pennsylvania Medicaid program, where she currently co-leads (with Dr. Dara Mendez) a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded project to study interventions to advance racial equity in pregnancy and birth outcomes. She has authored or co-authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications, and her work has been cited by state and national policy-makers. Dr. Jarlenski earned her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, M.P.H. from the Yale School of Public Health, and B.A. from Otterbein College.


Dr. Jarlenski is committed to fostering an inclusive scholarly environment, particularly among students and junior faculty. Please contact her if you have ideas about how to advance this goal. She will provide a safe and supportive space to consider these issues.



Dr. Jarlenski teaches the following course in the spring semester:

HPM 2063: The Politics of Health Policy

Please contact her for a syllabus if you are interested in enrolling.

Selected Publications

See a complete list of published work inPubMed