Jangho Yoon


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Mental/behavioral health policy
Health reform and health care innovation
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Post-Doctoral Scholar, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Mental Health Economics Training Program, The University of California, Berkeley, 2007-2009.
Ph.D., Health Policy and Administration (Minor: Economics), The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2007.
M.S.P.H., Health Policy and Administration (Concentration: Economics), The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2002.
B.H.A., Health Administration, Yonsei University, South Korea, 2000.


Dr. Jangho Yoon is Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics, Division of Health Services Administration. He is a health policy researcher and applied health economist by training. He earned a PhD in health policy and health economics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2007, and was a National Institute of Mental Health Post-Doctoral Fellow of Mental Health Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, 2007-2009. Before he joined the faculty at USU, Dr. Yoon was an Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy at the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University, where he also held appointments with School of Public Policy, and Department of Applied Economics.
His research program focuses on two interrelated areas: mental and behavioral health policy, and health system innovation. As an applied health economist, Dr. Yoon has a strong background in health econometrics and statistical methodology–including quasi-experimental analysis, causal inference, analysis of big health care claims data, record linkage, and analysis of complex survey data. Building upon his research expertise, he is currently embarking on military health services research at USU. In his new project, entitled “Challenges and Innovations to Military Health Care: Systems Perspective”, Dr. Yoon envisions partnership with other military health services researchers, seeking to a) study disparities in health and health care in the military context; b) examine various mental health and substance use topics among active duty service members, veterans, and their family; and c) assist with the modernization of military health care delivery and financing to inform policy that could better patient outcomes and address costs.
Dr. Yoon is passionate about graduate training and mentoring, and students' success is his foremost priority. His students were placed in higher education or research settings (e.g., post-doctoral fellows/faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, VA CIVIC Post-doctoral Program in Portland, the University of West Virginia, Morgantown, and the University of Washington, Pullman) as well as in various health care management settings. Student research work under his guidance has been recognized for rigor and impacts at the major national health policy and services research conferences such as Academyhealth and American Public Health Association Annual Meetings. Dr. Yoon has taught courses on U.S. health policy, health economics, quantitative research methods, applied health econometrics, cost-effectiveness analysis, and econometric evaluation of health care policies and programs.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Willard Manning Award in Mental Health Policy and Economics Research – 2021 (with Marisa Elena Domino, Edward C. Norton, Gary S. Cuddeback, and Joseph P. Morrissey)

Policy Champion Award, Oregon Public Health Association, October 10, 2017

Robert Dorwart Doctoral Student Presentation Honorary, 14th NIMH Biennial Research Conference on the Economics of Mental Health, 2008

Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy, School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University, 2017-2020

Assistant Professor of Health Policy, School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University, 2011-2017

Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, J. P. Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University, 2009-2011

“Racial Disparities in Pediatric Psychiatric Emergencies: A Health Systems Approach”, NIH/NIMH 1R21MH110815-01A1 (PI: Tim A. Bruckner). Role: Co-Investigator, 03/2017-03/2020

“Medicaid Expansion in Oregon: Access and Health Outcomes for Women and Infants”, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention U01 DP004783-01 (Co-PIs: S Marie Harvey, Jeff Luck). Role: Co-Investigator, 09/2013-09/2019

“Emergency Department Psychiatric Boarding Study”, Oregon Health Authority, Agreement Number 139058 (PI: Jangho Yoon) 11/2015-9/2016

“Non Opioid Pain Management”, CareOregon (Co-PIs: Jangho Yoon, Karen Volmar), 06/2015-06/2017


Harvey, S.M., Luck, J., Yoon, J., Gibbs, S.E., Lisa P Oakley, & Mahakalanda, S. (In Press). “Impact of Medicaid Expansion in Oregon on Access to Prenatal Care.” Preventive Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.106360.

Linh Bui, Jangho Yoon, and Denise M. Hynes. “A reduction in health care expenditures linked to mental health service use among adults with chronic physical conditions.” Psychiatric Services, In Press

Jangho Yoon, Linh Bui, Diana Govier, Megan Cahn, and Jeff Luck. (2020). “Determinants of boarding of psychiatric patients with severe mental illness in hospital emergency departments.” The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, 23(2): 61-75.

Tim-Allen Bruckner, Parvati Singh, Jangho Yoon, Bharath Chakravarthy, and Lonnie R Snowden. (2020). “African American / white disparities in psychiatric emergencies among youth following rapid expansion of Federally Qualified Health Centers.” Health Services Research, 55(1): 26-34. DOI: 10.1111/1475-6733.13237. PMID: 31709539.

Jangho Yoon, Jeff Luck, S Marie Harvey, and Lisa Oakley. (2019). “Can accountable care divert the sources of hospitalization?” American Journal of Managed Care, 25(10):e296-e303. PMID: 31622069.

Jangho Yoon, and Jeff Luck. (2016) “Inter-System Return on Investment in Public Mental Health: Spill-Over Effect of State Mental Health Expenditures on the Jail System.” Social Science & Medicine 170: 133-142. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.10.015.

Jangho Yoon, and Stephanie L Bernell. (2016). “Link between Perceived Body Weight and Smoking Behavior among Adolescents.” Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 18(11): 2138-2144. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntw116.

Jangho Yoon, Tim A Bruckner, and Timothy T Brown. (2013). “The Association Between Client Characteristics and Recovery in California’s Comprehensive Community Mental Health Programs.” American Journal of Public Health, 103(10):e89-95. PMID: 23865662. PMID: 23865662.

Jangho Yoon. (2011). “Effect of Increased Private Share of Psychiatric Resources on Jail Population Growth: Evidence from the United States.” Social Science & Medicine, 72 (4): 447-455. PMID: 20801574.

Jangho Yoon, and Tim A Bruckner. (2009). “Does Deinstitutionalization Increase Suicide?” Health Services Research, 44 (4): 1385-1405. PMID: 19500164.