Robert D. Lieberthal, PhD, is an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Department of Public Health. His disciplinary background includes the fields of health economics, risk management and insurance, and health services research. Dr. Lieberthal focuses his research on the economic and actuarial analysis of public health problems, with a special interest in the efficiency and effectiveness of health insurance. He previously held a faculty appointment at Thomas Jefferson University's College of Population Health in Philadelphia and worked as an actuarial benefits consultant at Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP (PwC) in New York City. Dr. Lieberthal received his PhD in Managerial Science and Applied Economics with a focus on Health Economics and Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His teaching focus is on health finance.