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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, mathematician, and former physician, she brings expertise in healthcare finance to address how finance and law can incentivize medical technology innovations and how these innovations enhance firm value, social welfare, and economic growth in the US and across the globe. 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 Program: Healthcare Innovations in the US and across the Globe

How can finance and law incentivize the innovation and consumption of health technology?

How can these innovations enhance firm value, social welfare, and economic growth?


  • Corporate finance
  • Public finance


  • Tort law, patent law, competition law
  • Legislation, regulation, court decision


  • Vaccine

Health information technology:

  • Machine learning algorithms
  • Electronic health records

Current Projects:

  • Economics of private and public liability insurance mechanisms for vaccine injuries
  • Vaccination, employment, and economic growth
  • Finance and innovation of machine learning-based healthcare start-up firms
  • Financial impact of COVID-19 on publicly traded healthcare firms
  • Public financial management in the health sector



  1. 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: 10.1093/jlb/lsac008
  2. Zhao, J., Kim, M., Westbrook, G., and Bratzler, D. 2022 “A Comparative Study of COVID-19 Emergency Funds Allocated to the Health Sector: US, UK, and Canada.” Health Policy. In Press. DOI:
  3. 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.
  4. Zheng, K. and Zhao, J. 2021. “Public Health Informatics.” In MaxcyRosenau-Last Public Health and Preventive Medicine, 16th ed. Boulton ML, ed, New York City, NY: McGraw-Hill.
  5. 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:
  6. 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.