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Open Rank Faculty - Department of Health Behavior & Policy (F20060)


Open Rank Faculty - Department of Health Behavior & Policy (F20060)

  • req2040
  • Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23219
  • Health Behavior & Policy
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
Mission or Goal of Unit: The mission of the Department of Health Behavior and Policy is to transform the health landscape through multidisciplinary research, education, and service. Our research identifies the behavioral, social, organizational, and policy factors that affect the health of individuals and populations. We utilize rigorous quantitative and qualitative methods and engage diverse communities to develop and evaluate programs and policies designed to promote health, improve health care delivery, and reduce health disparities. Our research findings inform the translation of effective programs and policies into practice. As educators, we aim to develop diverse leaders for professional and research careers through two doctoral programs (Healthcare Policy & Research and Social & Behavioral Sciences).

Chief Purpose of this position: We are seeking candidates for a tenure-eligible open rank faculty position to teach courses in Applied Econometrics, Comparative Effectiveness Methods, and the intersections among Health Equity, Health Policy, and Economics or related discipline, to provide mentorship to the graduate students in the department, and to increase the department’s visibility in health services research, particularly applied econometrics, machine learning and/or big data science.

Those applying at the assistant professor level should show evidence of research productivity and the potential to obtain external funding. Applicants at the associate professor level should show evidence of a well-developed scholarly/research portfolio with evidence of multidisciplinary applications and external funding appropriate to complement and expand existing expertise in the department.

Position Responsibilities:

The faculty member will have teaching responsibilities in Healthcare Policy and Research graduate programs. The faculty member should have interdisciplinary research interests that complement the program. In addition, the faculty member will mentor capstone projects of MPH students and supervise dissertation research.

Faculty members must establish a nationally recognized research program with a record of publication in refereed journals and external funding. They are expected to develop interdisciplinary collaborations to enhance the research program in the Department.

Faculty members will serve on Departmental, College, and/or University committees as necessary, as well as in a professional capacity in their field (e.g., reviewer, conference organizer, etc.).

Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in economics, health policy, health services research, public policy, epidemiology, health program planning & evaluation, or related field with strong quantitative and methodological expertise.
  • Record of peer-reviewed publications and conference dissemination demonstrating expertise in the applicant’s area of research.
  • Teaching experience at the masters and/or doctoral level.
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience using applied econometrics to examine health policy impact using claims data, national survey data, other large data sets.
  • Experience collecting original research data in addition to using existing data sets.
  • Record of external funding.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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