Xin Hu, MSHCM, is a PhD candidate in Health Services Research and Health Policy (Health Economics Track) at Emory University. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Public Service Administration from Fudan University, and master's degree in Health Policy and Management from Emory University. Before her PhD training, she worked as a Research Association at Yale Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy and Effectiveness Research Center, and as a Biostatistician at Yale Center for Analytical Sciences.
Ms. Hu’s research focuses on cancer outcomes, healthcare quality and health disparities, and specialize in using administrative health records, national survey data, and other secondary data sources to evaluate national health policies and conduct population-based health services research. Her past projects included race disparities in patient-reported outcomes throughout cancer treatment and how they affect adherence, the impact of opioid restriction policies such as the prescription drug monitoring program and the CDC opioid prescribing guidelines on cancer patients' opioid prescriptions and potential misuse.
Currently, she is interested in studying how the organizational structures of healthcare systems affect cancer care delivery and disparities in cancer outcomes. Her dissertation aims to leverage population-based administrative data to examine the impact of hospitals’ ownership of oncologists, known as vertical integration, on cancer care quality, outcomes, and healthcare costs.
Ms. Hu is a recipient of a 2022 AcademyHealth Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship for the Annual Research Meeting.