Stephen J. Kunitz, M.D., Ph.D.

Stephen J. Kunitz, M.D., Ph.D.

Contact Information

Public Health Sciences
265 Crittenden Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-1545

Research Bio

Research: History and sociology of medicine, historical and contemporary comparative demography and epidemiology.

Broadly my research has been on several related topics perhaps best described as the sociology of medical knowledge, the history of medicine, and the relationship between social change and morbidity and mortality. In the first area, I have done work on changing ideas of disease causality and classification in medicine and public health, and on the social determinants of differing concepts of disease. In the second, I have done work on the causes of mortality decline in Europe, the impact of Europeans on the health of non-Europeans, and numerous field studies among American Indians on changing disease patterns and on the causes and consequences of alcohol use and abuse.

Awards & Honors (National)

Health Clark Lecturer | London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 2009
Fulbright Senior Specialist | Australia 2006
Fulbright Senior Specialist | Australia 2002
National Academy of Sciences Exchange Fellow | Yugoslavia 1976
Special Post-Doctoral Award | NIMH 1969 - 1970

Awards & Honors (Local)

Health Policy Investigator Award | Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2002 - 2006
National Academy of Sciences Exchange Fellow | Yugoslavia 1986
Library Award | Rochester Academy of Medicine 1980
Buswell Faculty Fellow 1970 - 1971
Post-doctoral Fellow in the History of Medicine and Biological Sciences | Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation 1967 - 1968

Recent Journal Articles

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Kunitz SJ. "Ethics in public health research: changing patterns of mortality among American Indians". American Journal of Public Health. 2008; 98(3):404-11. 2008; 98(3): 404-11 PMCID: PMC2253591.
Kunitz SJ. "A case of old wine in re-labeled bottles? A commentary on Aronowitz." Social Science & Medicine. 2008; 67(1): 10-3.
Kunitz SJ. "Risk factors for polydrug use in a Native American population." Substance use & misuse. 2008 43(3-4):331-9.
Kunitz SJ. "Commentary: Comments on the diversity in associations between community social capital and health." International journal of epidemiology. 2008 37(6):1393-4. Epub 2008 Sep 23.
2007 Sep
Mukamel DB, Peterson DR, Temkin-Greener H, Delavan R, Gross D, Kunitz SJ, Williams TF. "Program characteristics and enrollees' outcomes in the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)." The Milbank quarterly. 2007 Sep; 85(3):499-531.

Current Appointments

Professor Emeritus - Department of Public Health Sciences (SMD) - Primary


PhD | Sociology | Yale University1970
PhD | Sociology | Yale University1970
MA | Medical Specialties, Oth | Yale University1968
MA | Medical Specialties, Oth | Yale University1968
MD | Medicine | Univ Rochester Sch Med/Dent1964
MD | Medicine | University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry1964
BA | Foreign Language Or Lit | Yale University1960
BA | Foreign Language Or Lit | Yale University1960