Michael Markowitz, MD, MBA, MSPH

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
Adjunct Associate Professor
Eshelman School of Pharmacy


Mike completed his MSPH in Health Policy and Administration at UNC followed by an MD and MBA at the University of Illinois. He did his residency at UNC in Preventive Medicine/Public Health and then started a career in pharmaceutical medicine.

His twenty-year pharmaceutical industry career has been at medium to large pharmaceutical companies including GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson and Johnson, and UCB Biosciences. Roles have spanned several functional areas including: Health Economics, Medical Affairs, Epidemiology, and Clinical Development with therapeutic area focus on neurology, psychiatry, gastrointestinal diseases, and internal medicine. Mike is currently Head of the Physician Faculty at UCB Biosciences where he oversees professional development, training, governance, recruitment, and medical ethics/ health policy initiatives for the 200+ physicians at the company. Additionally, he is the Director of the Neurology Drug Development Fellowship and leads the Quantitative Benefit-Risk and Patient Preference Study Initiative.

He has published numerous articles on quantitative benefit-risk, patient and physician preferences, utilization of health care, and other health outcomes topics. In addition to his training and professional experience, Mike has been an adjunct faculty member at the UNC School of Public Health and UNC School of Pharmacy and spent several years on the Board of Trustees of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Investigators.


  • BA, Political Science, Carleton College, 1983
  • MSPH, Health Policy and Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1988
  • MD, Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1994
  • MBA, Business Administration, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1994