Michael Long is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University.
Dr. Long is a co-investigator on the CHOICES Project. This project is focused on understanding and modeling the cost-effectiveness of interventions that can improve children’s nutrition and physical activity and reduce the prevalence of obesity, which includes modeling work, evidence reviews, and simulation modeling of the cost-effectiveness of a wide variety of interventions, from restaurant calorie menu labeling to sugar sweetened beverage excise taxes. Results from this work should begin to provide researchers and policymakers with both methods and data to use in deciding on the “best value for money” in interventions to reduce obesity prevalence in children and adults in the United States. Dr. Long works with the team on the development of the microsimulation methods for the CHOICES project and has led modeling the cost-effectiveness of a range of policy interventions, including a sugar-sweetened beverage excise tax, fast food taxes, restaurant menu labeling, front-of-package labeling, and improved children’s menus at fast food restaurants.
Dr. Long’s research is at the intersection of obesity epidemiology and quantitative policy analysis with the goal of identifying cost-effective and politically feasible policy solutions to reverse the obesity epidemic.
Dr. Long earned his Doctor of Science degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences, a Master of Public Health degree from the Yale School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Princeton University.