Faculty Profile

Michael Cousineau

Michael Cousineau, Dr.PH.

Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine


About Michael Cousineau

Michael R. Cousineau is currently Clinical Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Family Medicine at USC. He has a joint appointment in the Sol Price School of Public Policy. He teaches in both the Masters in Public Health program and in the Professionalism and the Practice 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 homeless people. His work includes studying the impact of initiatives designed 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 is an expert on the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, having given over 30 talks on the new law to community and professional groups. 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.


A Tobacco Control Framework for Regulating Public Consumption of Cannabis: Multistate Analysis and Policy Implications
Am J Public Health. 2020 Feb; 110(2):203-208.

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.

Tobacco Retail Licensing and Youth Product Use
Pediatrics. 2019 02; 143(2).

Evaluation of a Digital Diabetes Prevention Program Adapted for Low-Income Patients, 2016-2018
Prev Chronic Dis. 2019 11 27; 16:E155.

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.

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.

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.

What do medical students think about health-care policy education?
Educ Health (Abingdon). 2018 Jan-Apr; 31(1):54-55.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Transforming a family medicine center and residency program into a federally qualified health center
Acad Med. 2013 May; 88(5):657-62.

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.

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.

Healthy Kids insurance and experiences of medical home quality for vulnerable children
Med Care. 2011 Sep; 49(9):828-33.

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.

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.

Using an alliance of independent health consumer assistance centers to change public policy in California
Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2010; 4(4):331-40.

Improvements in access to care for vulnerable children in California between 2001 and 2005
Public Health Rep. 2009 Sep-Oct; 124(5):682-91.

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.

More on 'healthy kids'
Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 Jan-Feb; 28(1):298-9.

Collaboration and competition in a children's health initiative coalition: a network analysis
Eval Program Plann. 2008 Nov; 31(4):392-402.

Preventable hospitalizations among children in California counties after child health insurance expansion initiatives
Med Care. 2008 Feb; 46(2):142-7.

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.

Crisis & commitment: 150 years of service by Los Angeles county public hospitals
Am J Public Health. 2007 Apr; 97(4):606-15.

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.

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.

Improving the nutritional resource environment for healthy living through community-based participatory research
J Gen Intern Med. 2003 Jul; 18(7):568-75.

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.

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.

Medicaid managed care's impact on safety-net clinics in California
Health Aff (Millwood). 2000 Jan-Feb; 19(1):194-202.

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.

Loss of Medicaid and access to health services
Health Care Financ Rev. 1991; 12(4):17-26.

Health status and access to health services among the urban homeless
Am J Public Health. 1986 May; 76(5):561-3.

Medi-Cal hospital contracting--did it achieve its legislative objectives?
West J Med. 1985 Jul; 143(1):118-24.

Competing for Medi-Cal business: why hospitals did, and did not, get contracts
Inquiry. 1985; 22(3):237-50.

Effectiveness of state mandates to maintain local government health services for the poor
J Health Polit Policy Law. 1984; 9(2):223-36.