Sung W. Choi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Health Administration, School of Public Affairs
Olmsted Building, W157

Dr. Choi earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration at George Washington University. His academic interests include mental health, substance abuse, and racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care. Dr. Choi has multiple publications on journals such as Health Services Research, American Journal of Medical Quality, and Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. His paper about the Tennessee Fetal Assault Law was recognized as the best ARM at the Academy Health Annual Research Conference in June 2019. Dr. Choi has been awarded inaugural Exploration and Analysis Grants for Expanded Research (EAGER) grant from the Office of Research and Outreach at Penn State University - Harrisburg in October 2020 and Reducing Social Disparities (RSD) grant from the Social Science Research Institute at Penn State University - University Park in March 2021.


  • Mental health and substance abuse
  • Racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care
  • Competition Policy in Health Care
  • Health Care Financing

Julnes, P. D. L., & Choi, S. W. (2020). Equity efficiency tradeoff: The hospital readmissions deduction program and disparities in outcomes among vulnerable Medicare heart failure patients in Pennsylvania. Journal of Health and Human Services Administration.

Choi, S. W., & Leslie, D. (2020). Out‐of‐State Childbirths Disproportionately Increased Among Racial and Ethnic Minorities Since the Implementation of the Tennessee Fetal Assault Law. Health Services Research, 55, 49-49.

Choi, S. W., Ramos, C., Kim, K., & Azim, S. F. (2019). The association of racial and ethnic social networks with mental health service utilization across minority groups in the United States. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 6(4), 836–850.

Choi, S. W., & Dor, A. (2019) Do all hospital systems have market power? Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology, 6(1), 1–12.

Peachey, A., & Choi, S. W. (2019). Trust in medicine throughout health policy change in the United States. International Journal of Policy Studies, 10(1), 3-28.

Wenner, W. J., & Choi, S. W. (2018). Organizational response to known medical errors: Does peer review protection impede improvement? American Journal of Medical Quality, 33(5), 552-553.

Comparing Cost-Effectiveness of HIV Testing Strategies: Targeted and Routine Testing in Washington, DC, with Amanda Castel, Avi Dor, Jennifer Skillicorn, James Peterson, Nestor Rocha, and Michael Kharfen, PLoS ONE, 2015, 10 (10).

Health Capital Measurement and Economic Cost of Disease: A Case of HIV/AIDS Prevalence in OECD Countries, with Jaeun Shin, The Korean Journal of Health Economics and Policy, 2009, 15(1), 41-58.

B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (GWU)

HPA 301W
HPA 395
HADM 541
HADM 542
HADM 545
HADM 594