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Junying Zhao

Assistant Professor

Junying (June) Zhao, Ph.D., Ph.D., MPH

Contact Information

Phone: (405) 271-8001, x43515

Office: Hudson College of Public Health

801 NE 13th St, Room 345

Post Office Box 26901

Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0901



June is an Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. An economist and mathematician, she brings expertise in healthcare finance to address the legal and financial risks of medical enterprises and medical technologies. June obtained her PhD in health economics from McMaster University, PhD in applied mathematics from the University of California, and her MPH from Harvard. In addition to healthcare finance, her interests include poetry, improv, contemporary art, cultural/spiritual travel, and philanthropy.



  • PhD, Mathematical Behavioral Sciences, University of California-Irvine
  • PhD, Health Economics, McMaster University
  • MPH, Global Health, Harvard University
  • BSc, Mathematics, McMaster University



  • Assistant Professor, Hudson College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 2020–present
  • Co-Editor, Legal Medicine Perspectives, American College of Legal Medicine, 2020–present 
  • Advisory Board Member, Acceleromics, 2020–present 
  • Fellow, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, 2010


  • HAP 5203 Health Economics
  • HAP 5613 Healthcare Finance
  • HAP 6960 Directed Reading


Research Interests:

  • Healthcare finance
  • Economics of liability insurance mechanisms for vaccine injuries
  • Vaccination and economic growth
  • Financial impact of COVID-19 on publicly traded healthcare firms
  • Fiscal administration in the health sector
  • Allocating COVID-19 fiscal aid: allocative efficiency and accountability
  • Legal and financial risks of:
    • Medical enterprises
    • Publicly traded healthcare corporations
    • Nonprofit hospitals and health systems
    • Medical malpractice liability insurance
    • Medical technologies
    • Health information technology
    • Biomedical technology
    • Product liability insurance


Link to Dr. Zhao's current publications

Select publications:

  1. Zhao, J., Scarth, W., and Hurley, J. 2018. “Investing in Health: A Macroeconomics Exploration of Short-Run and Long-Run Trade-Offs.” Atlantic Economic Journal. 46(1): 121- 133.
  2. Zheng, K. and Zhao, J. 2019. “Public Health Informatics.” In MaxcyRosenau-Last Public Health and Preventive Medicine, 16th ed. Boulton ML, ed, New York City, NY: McGraw-Hill.
  3. Zhao, J. and Cheng, G. 2021. “Artificial Intelligence.” In Understanding the Principles and Practice of Legal Oncology, 1st ed. Quang TS, Beriwal S, and Taft M, eds, New York City, NY: McGraw-Hill.
  4. Zhao, J., Isbill, E., and Bratzler, D. 2021. “Current Effects of Electronic Health Records and Future Implications of Artificial Intelligence on Medical Malpractice.” Legal Medicine Perspectives. July 1, 2021.