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PhD Students

PhD Students Who Passed Their Qualifying Exams


Area of Emphasis

Research Interests


Sophia Anyatonwu

Health Economics

Population Health Outcomes, Long-Term Care, Emergency Department Use,  Health Literacy, Financial Literacy, Legal Epidemiology

Dr. Hye-Chung Kum

Judith Beverly Health Policy Health Care Access and Delivery, Disability Policy, Children and Youth with Special Needs, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Population Health, GIS and Spatial Analysis Methods, Mixed Methods Research

Dr. Robert Ohsfeldt

Laura Benavides Health Economics Population health outcomes, payment reforms, health services utilization, primary care services delivery, health policy, health disparities

Dr. Hye-Chung Kum

Kesler Brock Health Economics Health Insurance, Health Outcomes, Transportation Law, Medical Factors Research, Demographics

Dr. Gerard E. Carrino

Morgan Kassabian Health Economics Rural health, rural hospital closures, health outcomes, antimicrobial resistance, maternal-child health, spatial health economics, behavioral economics

Dr. Timothy Callaghan & Dr. Robert Ohsfeldt


Nikita Sandeep Wagle

Health Economics

Cancer prevention, care delivery, and outcomes, health disparities/ health equity, social epidemiology, telemedicine, sexual and reproductive health, health policy, survey design, and analysis.

Dr. Hye-Chung Kum


PhD Students Preparing For Their Qualifying Exams


Susmita Chakraborty Health Economics Value-based healthcare, health services utilization, outcomes research, health insurance, health technology assessment, telebehavioral health, global health.
Wen Hsin Chen (Minnie)  Health Policy  Telehealth, primary care, healthcare delivery and outcomes, rural health, health inequity.
Gogoal Falia  Health Policy

Public Health Policy, Healthcare Disparities, Financing Rural Health, Healthcare Access, Cost-Effectiveness Interventions in Elderly Care, Minority Health and Health Equity, Mixed-Method Research, Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research, Qualitative Research.

Jing (Alice) Jin Health Economics  
Ryan C. Rigby  Health Policy  Veteran’s rural health, access to care, health outcomes.
Aakriti Shrestha Health Policy 

Maternal and child health, minority maternal health outcomes, reproductive health, rural health, immigrant health, Medicaid expansion, minority health disparities, government welfare expansion, primary interventions, global health.

Babasola O. Sodipo Health Policy  Non-health sector policies that address the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.
Geng Zhang Health Economics Aging, dementia care, economic burden of cancer, evidence-based disease prevention for older adults, healthcare disparities, health policy evaluation, health outcomes.