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Kurt Hager

Instructor of Epidemiology, UMass Chan Medical School

Kurt Hager is an Instructor in the Division of Epidemiology, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences at UMass Chan Medical School. Dr. Hager’s interests lay at the intersection of structural determinants of health, food insecurity, and government nutrition and health insurance programs. His current research focuses on the effectiveness of nutritional interventions and policies on chronic disease in the U.S, including evaluations of produce prescriptions and medically tailored meals integrated into clinical care. At UMass Chan Medical School, Dr. Hager is evaluating the effectiveness the Flexible Services Program, which addresses food and housing insecurity under Massachusetts’s Medicaid Section 1115 Waiver. Dr. Hager has training in nutritional epidemiology and quantitative research methods and his recent studies have included policy modeling and economic evaluations, quasi-experimental evaluations, and legal and policy analyses.

Dr. Hager’s involvement in policy initiatives underscores his commitment to translating science into evidence-based policy. These include former projects at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School, as an author on the Aspen Institute’s Food is Medicine Research Action Plan, and as a writer with the Task Force on Hunger, Nutrition and Health. He is currently serving as a steering committee member of the National Produce Prescription Collaborative.


  • 2018–2019
    Project Manager, Harvard Law School: Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation
  • 2013–2017
    Outreach Coordinator, Second Harvest Heartland


    Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Current PhD Student
  • 2019 
    Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, MS


  • 2018
    Emergency Department Experience with Novel Electronic Medical Record Order for Referral to Food Resources,

Professional Memberships

  • American Public Health Association