Jason Wasserman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in the Department of Foundational Medical Studies
Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics

Jason Wasserman

Dr. Wasserman joined the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine faculty in July 2013. He directs the Medical Humanities and Clinical Bioethics courses for M1 students, as well as serving on the Admissions, Curriculum, and Student Research committees among others. He also mentors several Embark research projects.

Dr. Wasserman previously taught in the Department of Sociology at Texas Tech University and in the Department of Bioethics at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. His scholarly work focuses on the medicalization of homelessness, the sociological impacts of the epidemiological transition on medicine, and the influences of neighborhood infrastructures and community networks on health outcomes among the urban poor.

Dr. Wasserman co-authored the 2010 book At Home on the Street: People, Poverty, and a Hidden Culture of Homelessness, with Jeffrey Michael Clair, Ph.D., which recently received honorable mention (1st runner up) for the annual book award of the Association for Humanist Sociology. He also co-directed the documentary film American Refugees: Homelessness in Four Movements (2011), a supplement to his book.

His many peer-reviewed book chapters and articles have appeared in publications such as Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Journal of Medical Ethics, Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, International Journal of Obesity, American Journal of Preventive Medicine and Journal of Physical Activity and Health, and he recently served as an Associate Editor for Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society.

Dr. Wasserman received his B.A. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he majored in philosophy with a focus on applied ethics. He continued on to receive his M.A. and Ph.D. in medical sociology from UAB.

He is a member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, American Sociological Association, and the International Sociological Association and has given invited presentations locally, nationally, and internationally. He also serves as a consultant to the Michigan State Medical Society Committee on Bioethics, and works closely with the Oakland County Homeless Healthcare Collaboration.

Contact Information:

Office: 412 O’Dowd Hall
Phone: 248-370-4627

Specialty Areas:

bioethics, medical sociology, community health


B.A. Philosophy

M.A., Ph.D. Medical Sociology
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Ala.

Research Interests:

Medical Humanities and Bioethics


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