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Joseph A. Benitez, PhD

Health Management and Systems Sciences

Assistant Professor 
Room 129
485 E. Gray St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Office: 502-852-2211 
Fax: 502.852.3291
Office Hours by appointment


Dr. Joseph Benitez is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences of the School of Public Health and Information Sciences at the University of Louisville. He received a PhD in Health Policy and Administration from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2015, a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Kentucky and an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. During his time as a doctoral student, He completed an R36 Dissertation grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to investigate the long term effects of Medically Underserved Area designations on access to care.

Dr. Benitez’s current research examines the impact of public policy changes on access to care for patients reliant on the health care safety net.

Research Interests

Health Economics, Applied Econometrics


2014       American Society of Health Economics Scholarship for Women & Underrepresented Minorities

2013       10th International Conference on Health Policy Statistics Travel Award

2011       Delta Omega, Public Health Honor Society

2011       Lyman T. Johnson Torch of Excellence Award, University of Kentucky

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