Jangho Yoon


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
Professor & Co-Director of Military Health Economics and Policy Research Laboratory
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Behavioral health economics and policy
Health equity through health insurance reform and health care delivery innovation
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Post-Doctoral Scholar, The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Mental Health Economics Training Program (T32 National Research Service Award), The University of California, Berkeley, 2007-2009.
Ph.D., Health Policy and Economics, Gillings School of Global Public Health, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2002-2007.
M.S.P.H., Health Policy and Administration (Minor: Economics), Gillings School of Global Public Health, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2000-2002.
B.H.A., Health Administration, Yonsei University, South Korea, 1991-2000.


Dr. Jangho Yoon is a Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics, Division of Health Services Administration. He is a health economist, applied econometrician, and health systems and policy researcher by training. Dr. Yoon received a PhD degree in Health Policy /Health Economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2007. At the completion of his doctoral study, Dr. Yoon was selected as a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) T32 Post-Doctoral Scholar of Mental Health Economics at the University of California, Berkeley for 2007-2009. Before he joined the faculty at USU, Dr. Yoon was an Associate Professor (with Tenure) of Health Management and Policy at Oregon State University, where he also held appointments with School of Public Policy, and Department of Applied Economics. Dr. Yoon's current research program focuses on mental health policy and economics, value-based health insurance designs, and health care delivery innovation . He has a strong background in health econometrics and statistical modeling including quasi-experimental analysis, causal inference, big data analytics, record linkage, and analysis of complex survey data. As an passionate educator and graduate mentor, Dr. Yoon has directed more than 20 doctoral dissertations and supervised more than 20 master's students with their graduate theses and projects, providing rigorous research training for graduate students in health policy, healthcare management, health services research, public health, applied economics, and public policy. He has taught numerous 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. Throughout his career, Dr. Yoon has provided service and leadership for numerous international, national, and regional organizations and professional communities, including, among others, World Health Organization in Geneva, Korean Society of Health Policy and Administration, Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, AcademyHealth, American Society of Health Economists, and American Public Health Association.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

“Impacts of TRICARE’s Behavioral Health Benefit Expansions on Behavioral Health Care Utilization, Beneficiary Health, and Health Readiness of the Force”, October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2025. Funding Agency: DOD/DHA 2023 Military Health Systems Research (PI: Jangho Yoon), $612,357.

“A Systems Approach to Perinatal Opioid Exposure and Maternal Suicidality”, October 2021 – September 2023. Funding Agency: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (PI: Jangho Yoon), $99,699.

“Assessing the Effect of the Military Health System Consolidation under a Single Management Structure on Health Care Utilization, Cost, Quality and Military Readiness”, October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2025. Funding Agency: DoD/DHA 2023 Military Health Systems Research Program (PI: Patrick Richard), $786,567. Role: Co-I.

“Evaluating the Fiscal and Readiness Impacts of Consolidating Care of Complex Patients in the National Capitol Region”, March 2021 – June 2023. Funding Agency:USU HSRP (PI: Jangho Yoon), $200,000.

“Emergency Department Psychiatric Boarding Study”, November 2015-September 2016. Funding Agency: Oregon Health Authority, #139058 (PI: Jangho Yoon), $119,732.

“Medicaid Expansion in Oregon: Access and Health Outcomes for Women and Infants”, September 30, 2013 – September 30, 2019. Funding Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Co-PIs: Marie Harvey, Jeff Luck), $1,500,000. Role: Co-I.

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

Visiting Research Fellow, Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs (KIHASA), Office of Prime Minister, S. Korea, 01/2012-12/2019.

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.


Yoon J, Harvey SM, Luck J. (2022). “Medicaid Expansion and Depression Screening and Treatment Among Pregnant and Postpartum Women in Oregon.” Frontiers in Health Services. https://doi.org/10.3389/frhs.2022.942476

Yoon J, Bruckner TA, Das A, Richard P. (2022). “Firearm Availability, Suicide, and the Role of Public Mental Health System.” Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics 25(2):61-73.

Yoon J, Bui L., Govier D., Cahn M, Luck J. (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.

Bui L, Yoon J, Luck J, Harvey SM. (2019). “Coordinated care organizations and mortality among low-income infants in Oregon.” Health Services Research, 54(6):1193-1202.

Yoon J, Luck J. (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.

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

Yoon J, Bruckner TA., Brown TT. (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.

Yoon J. (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.

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

Norton EC, Yoon J, Domino ME, Morrissey JP. (2006). “Transitions between the Public Mental Health System and Jail for Persons with Severe Mental Illness: A Markov Analysis.” Health Economics 15 (7): 719-33.