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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 359

Post Office Box 26901

Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0901



June is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is a health economic policy researcher addressing health technologies' legal and financial problems that affect firm innovation and consumer/patient welfare. She was initially trained as a clinician and received subsequent training in health policy and economics. June obtained her PhD in health policy with concentration in economics from McMaster University, PhD in mathematical behavioral sciences from the University of California, and her MPH from Harvard. In addition, her interests include improv/theatre, poetry, tennis, golf, spiritual travel, and philanthropy.



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



  • Tenure-Track 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


Interdisciplinary Research Program: Health economic policy research addressing health technologies' legal and financial problems that affect firm innovation and consumer/patient welfare


  • Health economics, behavioral economics
  • Public finance, corporate finance


  • Tort law
  • Legislation, regulation, court decision


  • Vaccine

Health information technology:

  • Machine learning

Current Projects:

  • Economics of public and private insurance mechanisms for vaccine safety and consumer protection
  • Vaccination, employment, and economic growth
  • Finance and innovation of machine learning-based healthcare start-up firms
  • Public financial management in the health sector



NIH 3U54GM104938, $4,999,993
"CATCH-UP Community-engaged Approaches to Testing in Community and Healthcare settings for Underserved Populations." 
PI: James, J.
Role: Co-I

Oklahoma Aerospace & Defense Innovation Institute, OU Data Institute for Societal Challenges Joint Seed Funding Competition Award, $20,000
"Enhancing DoD Vaccine Supply for Warfighters and Biodefense."  
PI: Kim, M.
Role: Co-PI

Presbyterian Health Foundation Year 1 New Investigator Seed Grant, $50,000
“Covid-19 and Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Injury Compensation, Vaccination, and Vaccine Production and Innovation.” 
Role: PI

Presbyterian Health Foundation Year 2 New Investigator Seed Grant, $50,000
“The Effectiveness of State and Federal Policies on Vaccination: An Economic Evaluation.”
Role: PI

Select Publications:

  1. Zhao, J., Zahn, A., Pang, SC., Quang, TS., Campbell, J., and Halkitis, PN. 2024 “Early national trends in non-abortion reproductive care access after Roe.” Frontiers in Public Health 12:1309068. DOI:
  2. Zhao, J., Demir, F., Ghosh, P., Earley, A., and Kim, M. 2022 "Reforming the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program for COVID-19 and Beyond: An Economic Perspective." Journal of Law and the Biosciences. 9(1): 1-31. DOI:
  3. Zhao, J., Kim, M., Westbrook, G., and Bratzler, D. 2022 “A Comparative Study of COVID-19 Fiscal Aid to the Health Sector: US, UK, and Canada ,” Health Policy 126(6): 493-503. DOI:
  4. Zhao, J. and Cheng, G. 2022. “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.
  5. Zheng, K. and Zhao, J. 2021. “Public Health Informatics.” In Maxcy-Rosenau-Last Public Health and Preventive Medicine, 16th ed. Boulton ML, ed, New York City, NY: McGraw-Hill.
  6. 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. DOI: