Max Heirich

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Professor Emeritus, Social Theory and Practice

Office Location(s): 1610 East Quad

  • About

    Max Heirich’s career focused on the study of social movements and on public policy issues. Beginning in the mid- 1970s he increasingly focused on issues of health care, health policy, and social movements trying to change the American health care delivery system. Max’s special love has been the comparative study of health and disease in different cultures, and he began teaching Western and Nonwestern Medicine in 1975. He also taught in the Sociology Department and in the Medical School, In 1993 Max cofounded the interdisciplinary UM Health Policy Forum.

    In the Worker Health Program of the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, which he later directed, Max used research grants from NIH, unions and management, and the US Public Health Service to introduce and evaluate strategies for disease prevention and health promotion. He served as consultant to NIH’s Complementary and Alternative Medicine Advisory Board and to the President’s White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy.

    Recent Courses

    Western and Nonwestern Medicine
    Designing and Evluating Ininovations in Health Care Delivery
    Contermporary Social Theory
    Opening the Heart: Understandings of Justice and Compassion in the major religions

    Books Published

    The Beginning, Berkeley 1964

    The Spiral of Conflict

    Evaluating Health Care Policy: understanding our Options

    Rethinking Health Care: Innovation and Change in America



  • Education
    • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1967