I am a Health Economist, and my research focuses on HPV-associated cancers, immune diseases (inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), HIV/AIDS), and social determinants of health (SDoH). I am currently an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) of Health Economics at The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health. I work on various population health studies, health outcomes studies, and economic evaluations, using large-scale data, spatial statistics, and mathematical decision modeling. My research interests are HPV-associated cancers and prevention, HPV-associated cancers among IBD or HIV/AIDS patients and LGBTQ+ population, cancer survivorship, and SDoH (including area-level social vulnerability) and their impact on evidence-based medicine. I am especially interested in using distributional cost-effectiveness analysis for reducing health inequalities.


My background before coming to the Public Health field is in Economics (Master's) and Business Administration (Bachelor). I also was involved in Medical Law & Ethics research during and after my undergrad. I have a solid background in Economic theories I obtained over my Business and Economics majors, and I could build more applied Health Economics skills upon that during my PhD training. I am an (interdisciplinary) social scientist.


I am an avid weight-trainer, and I love planting and K-pop. I also host virtual writing retreats and support writings in a global organization ("Advancing Gender/Ethnic/Class Minorities in Academia"), where I discuss/learn how to create more inclusion and diversity and interact with fellow academics all around the world. I am a Seoul (Korea) native

I use They/She pronouns. 

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Economic Evaluation/ Medical Decision Models

Using agent-based models, microsimulation, etc.

2018 - 2020

University of Texas Health Science Center

PhD in Health Economics

HPV-Associated Cancers

Anal, cervical, oropharyngeal, vulvar, vaginal, penile cancers

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

2016 - 2018

University of Florida

PhD program in Health Services, Management and Policy - Transferred due to advisor's transfer

2013 - 2016

University of Utah

MS in Economics

2000 - 2006

Korea University (Seoul, Korea)

Bachelor in Business Administration

(with Pre-Law curriculum)

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Social Determinants of Health (SDoH)

Health disparities, health literacy, socioeconomic status (SES), area-level social vulnerability

Population-Level Data Analysis

Using population-level administrative, registry, survey databases.