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Associate Professor
School of Medicine
Division of Epidemiology

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Megan Vanneman, PhD, MPH is an Associate 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.


Utah’s Medicaid Expansion and the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the 2018 midterm elections, Utah voters approved full Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act for individuals with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL). Utah legislators then applied to the federal Centers for Medicar...


MEGAN VANNEMAN (Project Owner)School of Medicine, Division of Epidemiology
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Status: Funded 2023
Last Updated: 5/21/21