Marian Jarlenski, PhD, MPH

  • Associate Director, Center for Women’s Health Research and Innovation
  • University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Health and Policy Management

Dr. Jarlenski is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. The overarching goal of her work is to advance knowledge about how public health policies affect the health and well-being of women and children, with a focus on socially disadvantaged populations in the United States. Dr. Jarlenski is currently Multi-Principal Investigator on two NIDA-funded research projects focused on improving opioid use disorder treatment for pregnant and parenting women.  This work centers on pregnant women who face multiple sources of vulnerability, such as substance use disorders, inter-generational poverty, and social stigma. Throughout her career she has collaborated on a range of research projects investigating how to improve women’s health outcomes, has co-authored more than 55 peer-reviewed publications, and her research has been cited by state and federal policy-makers.

Education and Training 

BA, Otterbein College, 201
MPH, Yale School of Public Health, 2009
PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Representative Publications

Jarlenski M, Krans EE, Chen Q, Cartus A, Zivin K, Bodnar LM. Substance use disorders and risk of severe maternal morbidity in the United States. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020; epub ahead of print.

Jarlenski M, Paul N, Krans EE. Polysubstance use among pregnant women with opioid use disorder in the United States, 2007-2016. Obstet Gynecol. 2020;136:556-64. 

Jarlenski M, Krans EE, Donohue JM, Kim JY, Kelley D, Stein BD, James AE, Bogen DL. Five-year outcomes among children with in-utero opioid exposure in Medicaid. Health Aff(Millwood). 2020;39:247-55.

Drake C, Jarlenski M, Zhang Y, Polsky D. Market Share of US Catholic Hospitals and Associated Geographic and Network Access to Reproductive Health Services. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3:e1922053.

Achievements and Awards

  • Trustee Scholar Award scholarship, Otterbein College, 1997-2001 
  • Sir Arthur Newsholme Scholarship, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2010-2012 
  • June Culley Scholarship in Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2012
  • Victor P. Raymond Memorial Fund scholarship, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2013 
  • John D Thompson Prize for Young Investigators, Association of University Programs in Health Administration, 2019