Associate Professor in the College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida

Participation in DITE: Cohort 10 Fellow

Molly M. Jacobs, MS, PhD is an Associate Professor at the University of Florida in the College of Public Health and Health Professions Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy. She received her doctorate from the George Washington University Department of Economics with a concentration in econometrics and labor economics. She holds a master’s degree in economics from George Washington University and degrees in economics and German from Duke University. Her research involves economic evaluation of healthcare, health outcomes, and health expenditures. She specializes in the design, implementation, and valuation of health interventions targeting quality of life, outcomes, and impairments. She has published across the fields of medicine, public health, and health services research recently co-authoring two book chapters on the analysis of health outcomes among marginalized and vulnerable populations.

Currently she is engaged in interdisciplinary research grants from NIH and HRSA with faculty from the School of Dental Medicine, Physician Assistant Studies, and Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is currently the Principal Investigator on a grant from Bristol Myers Squibb investing racial disparities in post stroke outcome. Dr. Jacobs was asked to serve as co-editor of the first-ever health economics focused issue of Seminars in Speech and Language published in March 2022.

Dr. Jacobs served for four years as an agricultural economist for the USDA and was named a Fulbright Scholar to Berlin, Germany. She is a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Systems for Action Scientific Review Board and serves as a liaison to the American Economic Association (AEA) Committee for the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP). In 2020, she was named one of ECU’s Outstanding Faculty and received the 2020-2021 Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research. In 2022, she received the Dean’s Citation award from the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions for her publication providing the first-ever estimate of the economic burden of aphasia in the US.