Julius Chen, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management
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Julius L. Chen, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. Dr. Chen’s research utilizes the tools of empirical microeconomics to evaluate innovative strategies designed to improve the delivery and financing of medical care, studying their impact on patient health and economic outcomes. In particular, his work examines public- and private-sector initiatives to redesign care delivery and provider payment, such as the value-based care models that are being tested by Medicare, state Medicaid agencies, and self-insured employers. He also teaches graduate-level courses on healthcare finance and provider payment systems. Dr. Chen earned his BA in economics with highest honors and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley; received his MS and PhD in applied economics and managerial science from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; and completed his research training in health policy at Harvard University.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BA, 2010 University of California, Berkeley
  • MS, 2013 The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • PhD, 2016 The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2018 Harvard University

Committees, Societies, Councils

Faculty Lead and Department Representative, Mailman School of Public Health Admissions Committee

Affiliate, Center for Healthcare Delivery Research and Innovations

Affiliate, Columbia Population Research Center

Member, Columbia University Asian Faculty Association

Member, American Economic Association

Member, American Public Health Association

Member, American Society of Health Economists

Honors & Awards

2021: Calderone Health Equity Award

2021: Calderone Award for Junior Faculty Development

2020: Columbia Public Health Innovation Fund Award


Research Interests

  • Biostatistical Methods
  • Chronic disease
  • Healthcare Policy