Professor, Health Policy and Management
Cancer Prevention and Control
Area of Interest
Justin G. Trogdon, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at UNC-Chapel Hill. As a health economist, his current research focuses on answering policy-relevant questions in three areas:
- Assessing the economic burden of cancer: Understanding where health care resources are spent is a critical input for improved resource allocation. Trogdon’s research identifies diseases and payers that drive health care expenditures and motivates policies to contain costs.
- Evaluating the cost and cost-effectiveness of policies and interventions: Efficient allocation of resources requires that the incremental health benefit from a policy or intervention is equal to the incremental cost of the program. Trogdon’s research evaluates whether policies and interventions provide good value to society.
- Development of methods to identify causal effects of policies and interventions and simulate new policies: In observational data, it is often hard to attribute changes in health and health behaviors to specific policies. It is even harder to anticipate the effects of policies before they are implemented. Trogdon’s research uses novel statistical and simulation models to estimate the effects of polices.
Prior to his faculty appointment, Trogdon was a senior research health economist in the Public Health Economics Program at Research Triangle Institute (RTI International) and a visiting instructor at Duke University. Trogdon holds a BA in Economics from Baylor University and a MA and a PhD in Economics from Duke University.
News and Stories
Specific sequence of drugs reduces cost of treating metastatic breast cancer while preserving quality of life
Researchers developed three different computer models to predict how a hypothetical set of patients with specific types of metastatic breast cancer would respond to different sequences and types of chemotherapy.
UNC awarded $11.7 million to help providers improve HPV vaccine communication, uptake among adolescents
Led by Noel Brewer, PhD, UNC-Chapel Hill researchers are launching a new project to give providers the support necessary to improve HPV vaccine communication.
Study estimates costs of treating and living with metastatic breast cancer will more than double between 2015 and 2030, due to increase in cases among younger women
Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH, and Justin Trogdon, PhD, are co-authors of a study building upon previous metastatic breast cancer research on medical and productivity costs.