PROF Yuting Zhang

PROF Yuting Zhang

Positions

  • health economics
  • health policy
  • international health policy
  • mental health
  • pharmaceutical policy and economics

Overview

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  • Professor Zhang's research focuses on economic evaluations of health policy and healthcare reforms. Her research has been published in leading medicine, health policy, and economics journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, American Economic Review, and has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and on National Public Radio. She has led several large-scaled projects with funding from the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM), the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, and the Commonwealth Fund, and has received multiple international awards. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, and an appointed method/statistical reviewer at JAMA Network Open, and has served on the editorial board of PLOS ONE. She has served as a consulting advisor to the IOM and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and a reviewer for the NIH, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the US Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

    Professor Zhang received her PhD in Health Economics and MS in Health Policy & Management, both from Harvard University.   

Publications

Selected publications

Research

Additional Grant Information

  • Below is a list of selected ongoing and completed grants:

    Impact of Insurance Benefit Design on Patient Outcomes: Evidence from the Medicare Part D Coverage Gap Closure, funded by the US National Institutes of Health;

    Evaluating the effects of Pioneer ACOs on Part D spending, funded by the Commonwealth Fund;

    Claims Data Mining to Predict Side Effects of Anti-dementia Drugs, funded by the US Alzheimer's Association;

    Assessing geographic and spatial distribution of emergency medicines and modeling pharmaceutical supplies for emergency preparedness in China, funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China;

    Capacity-building of urban and rural grass-roots health care under the national strategy of Healthy China: theories and mechanisms, funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China;

    Optimising Medicare Part D plan choice by beneficiaries with schizophrenia, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health in the US;

    Updating Measures of Geographic Variation in the Quality of Prescribing in Medicare, funded by the Commonwealth Fund;

    Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending and Promotion of High-Value Health Care, funded by the US Institute of Medicine;

    Racial and Ethnic Differences in Response to the Medicare Coverage Gap among Patients with Cardiac Diseases, funded by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality;

    Comparing Methods to Pay for Psychotropic Medications for Medicare Beneficiaries, funded by the US National Institute of Mental Health   

Awards

Education and training

  • PhD, Harvard University 2007
  • MS, Harvard School of Public Health 1999
  • BA, Renmin University of China 1996

Awards and honors

  • Dean's Certificate for Research Excellence for 2017, twice, 2018
  • Honors Convocations Award Recipient, University of Pittsburgh, 2017
  • Australian-American Health Policy Fellowship, Australian Commonwealth Department of Health, 2017
  • 1st place at the American Heart Association’s 24th annual Fellows Research Day, 2016
  • Guest professor, the 3rd Xiangya Hospital of Central South University in China, 2015
  • Guest Professor, China Center for Health Development Studies, Peking University, 2013
  • Honorary Professor, Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China, 2011
  • Finalist for the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation (NIHCM)’s Sixteenth Annual Research Award, 2010
  • Excellence in Mental Health Policy and Economics Research Award, awarded by the International Center for Mental Health Policy and Economics, 2009
  • Finalist for the Hamolsky award for junior faculty at the Society of General Internal Medicine, 2008
  • Best New Investigator Podium Presentation Award at the ISPOR 13th Annual International Meeting, Toronto, Canada, 2008
  • Pharmaceutical Policy Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgram Health Care, 2006
  • Thomas O. Pyle Fellow, Harvard Medical School, 2006
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2005
  • (1 in 2 selected in China in 1997 to receive full tuition and stipend supports to study at Harvard for a two-year Master’s degree), Hong Kong Hang Seng Bank Overseas Scholarship, 1997
  • Outstanding College Graduate of Beijing, 1996
  • University Presidential Scholarship, 1995

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Supervision

Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am looking forward to working with motivated students who are interested in economic evaluations of health policies and systems.

    Below is a list of selected areas I am working on:

    Designing rigorous economic evaluation of health policies to improve efficiency of healthcare systems;

    Promoting the use of high-value care and designing value-based insurance benefits;

    Designing optimal pharmaceutical policy to cover essential medications;

    Understanding and reducing health disparities, especially among understudied populations including the disabled and aged;

    Designing rigorous economic evaluation of health policies to improve efficiency of healthcare systems;

    Promoting the use of high-value care and designing value-based insurance benefits;

    Designing optimal pharmaceutical policy to cover essential medications;

    Comparing international health reforms, with a focus on Australia, US and China