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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2016 Feb
Kunitz SJ. "Historical Influences on Contemporary Tobacco Use by Northern Plains and Southwestern American Indians." American journal of public health. 2016 Feb; 106(2):246-55. Epub 0/21/2015.
Kunitz, S.J. "Sophie Aberle among the Pueblos". New Mexico Historical Review. 2016; : 121-145.
Kunitz, S.J.; Horowitz, D. "Paradox and Privilege: A 55-year follow-up of the mortality of Yale College graduates". Social Science and Medicine-Population Health [SSM-Population Health]. 2016; : 327-332.
Kunitz, S.J. "Interventions in Context". In P. Kreager, ed. Population in the Human Sciences: Concepts, Models, Evidence. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2015; .
Kunitz, S.J. "Regional Cultures and Mortality in America". New York: Cambridge University Press. 2015; .

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