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Megan E. Vanneman, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Academic Information

Departments: Internal Medicine - Assistant Professor, Population Health Sciences - Adjunct Assistant Professor

Divisions: Epidemiology, Health System Innovation and Research

Academic Office Information

Research Interests

  • Healthcare Value, Access, Coverage, and Disparities
  • Health Policy
  • Health Insurance
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Use
  • Prevention

Megan Vanneman, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the University of Utah School of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Epidemiology and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences, Division of Health System Innovation and Research. She is also a Core Investigator and Career Development Awardee at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System's Informatics, Decision-Enhancement and Analytic Sciences Center (IDEAS).

Dr. Vanneman is a health services researcher. She primarily studies the impact of policy change on access, quality, and cost in large healthcare systems, with a focus on health equity and mental health. Dr. Vanneman uses mixed methods in her work, leveraging both quantitative (econometrics, biostatistics, surveys) and qualitative (in-depth interviews, focus groups) techniques. Her teaching interests are in research methods and health policy.

Dr. Vanneman earned her PhD in Health Services and Policy Analysis from UC Berkeley, MPH in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University, and BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. Prior to becoming a faculty member at the University of Utah, Dr. Vanneman completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System’s Center for Innovation to Implementation & Stanford University School of Medicine’s Center for Health Policy/Primary Care and Outcomes Research.

Dr. Vanneman is part of the Enhancing Development-Generating Excellence (EDGE) research scholars program through the University of Utah, which is a highly competitive program that supports the research of promising junior faculty. She received the 2021 William D. Odell and Margaret F. Odell Junior Investigator Award, recognizing her leadership as an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Research Statement

I am a health services researcher, with expertise in health policy, economics, and organizational behavior. I primarily study the impact of policy change on large healthcare and payer systems, including Medicaid and the Veterans Health Administration. Currently I am studying the effect of using multiple healthcare systems on patients’ access to care, quality of care, and costs.

Education History

Postdoctoral Fellowship VA Palo Alto Health Care System & Stanford University School of Medicine
Health Services Research
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training University of California, Berkeley
Health Services and Policy Analysis
Graduate Training Columbia University
Health Policy and Management
Undergraduate Stanford University
Human Biology; Minor: Spanish

Global Impact

Awards & Honors

Description Country
Summer Fellow, University of Cape Town/Students' Health and Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO), Cape Town, South Africa South Africa