J. Paul Leigh, Ph.D.


Preventive Medicine/Epidemiology


  • Professor
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Clinical Interests

Occupational safety and health, workers compensation, social and economic determinants of health.


Public Health Sciences

Center/Program Affiliation

Center for Healthcare Policy and Research


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1979

B.A., University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, 1973

Professional Memberships

American Public Health Association

Honors and Awards

Winner of the John Howard NIOSH Director’s Award for Outstanding Research, 2007

Select Recent Publications

Leigh, J.P. and J. Du, Are low wages risk factors for hypertension? Eur J Public Health, 2012.

Leigh, J.P. and J.P. Marcin, Workers' compensation benefits and shifting costs for occupational injury and illness. J Occup Environ Med, 2012. 54(4): p. 445-50.

Leigh, J.P., et al., Lifetime Earnings for Physicians Across Specialties. Med Care, 2012.

Leigh, J.P., Economic Burden of Occupational Injury and Illness in the United States. Milbank Quarterly, 2011. 89(4): p. 728-772.

Leigh, J.P., et al., Annual Work Hours Across Physician Specialties. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2011. 171(13): p. 1211-1213.

Bhushan, A. and J.P. Leigh, National Trends in Occupational Injuries Before and After 1992 and Predictors of Workers' Compensation Costs. Public Health Reports, 2011. 126(5): p. 625-634.

Du, J. and J.P. Leigh, Incidence of Workers Compensation Indemnity Claims Across Socio-Demographic and Job Characteristics. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 2011. 54(10): p. 758-770.

Kim, D. and J.P. Leigh, Are Meals at Full-Service and Fast-Food Restaurants "Normal" or "Inferior"? Population Health Management, 2011. 14(6): p. 307-315.

Kim, D. and J.P. Leigh, Estimating the Effects of Wages on Obesity. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2010. 52(5): p. 495-500.

Leigh, J.P., et al., Physician Wages Across Specialties Informing the Physician Reimbursement Debate. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2010. 170(19): p. 1728-1734.