Dr. Phillips is an expert in epidemiology and related health sciences, as well as scientific epistemology and methodology. He has earned a PhD in public policy (with an emphasis on economics-based decision making) from Harvard University, completing a dissertation on environmental policy and economics.
He completed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan followed by a second fellowship in philosophy of science at the University of Minnesota.
While Phillips has worked in consulting, primarily analyzing energy and environmental policy issues, most of his career has been as a professor of public health. He currently directs an independent academic-style research institute. He has taught at the schools of public health at the Universities of Minnesota, Texas, and Alberta (Canada), as well as the evidence based medicine programs at the University medical schools of Texas, Alberta and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.