assistant professor

Department of Health Services Research & Administration
University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Public Health

Professional Summary

  • 2007–present Assistant Professor, Department of Health Services Research & Administration, UNMC
  • 2006–07  Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive and Societal Medicine, UNMC


  • PhD, Health Policy (Economics Concentration), Yale University, 2007
  • MS, Health Policy and Management, Harvard University, 2000
  • BA, Economics, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China, 1996

Research Interests

Dr. Wang’s research interests focus on socioeconomic determinants of health and economic evaluation of health care programs and medical intervention strategies. She is particularly interested in examining how individual choices, organizational schemes, and sociocultural structures collectively influence population health and health care systems. Dr. Wang has been working on projects exploring the protective effects of social capital on health outcomes and health-related behaviors. Recently, she has been evaluating and examining the effects of community intervention strategies on promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors and reducing obesity.

Selected Publications

  • Wang, H., Schlesinger M., Wang H., Hsiao W. (2009). The flip-side of social capital: The distinctive influences of trust and mistrust on health in rural China. Social Science & Medicine, 68(1):133-142.
  • Xu, L., Gong, G., Wang, H. (2011). An empirical study of the persistence characteristics of medical expenditure under urban employee basic health insurance in China. Journal of Finance and Economics, 37(5):25-35.
  • Young, L., Zimmerman, L., Pozehl, B., Barnason, S., Wang, H. (2012). Cost-Effectiveness of a symptom management intervention improving physical activity in older women following coronary artery bypass surgery. Nursing Economics, 30(2), 94-103.
  • Su, D., Huang, T., Anthony, R., Ramos, A., Toure, D., Wang, H. (2013, July 11). Parental perception of child body weight and health among Mexican-American children with acanthosis nigricans. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.
  • Feyerherm, L., Tibbits, M., Wang, H., Schram, S., Balluff, M. (2013). Partners for a Healthy City: implementing policies and environmental changes within organizations to promote health. American Journal of Public Health

Professional Memberships

  • Academy Health
  • American Public Health Association
  • American Society of Health Economics/International Health Economics Association
  • Chinese Economists Association

contact hongmei wang

984350 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4350
Phone: 402-559-9413
Fax: 402-559-9695