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Christopher R. Cochran

Chair, Health Care Administration and Policy

Associate Professor, Department of Health Care Administration and Policy

Expertise: Health Care Administration, Health Care Policy, Epidemiology, Nevada Clean Indoor Act


Christopher R. Cochran, Ph.D. is an associate professor and chair of the department of health care administration and policy, in the College of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

He has authored and co-authored numerous articles on access to care for underserved populations and safety net resources including management issues and quality improvement public and private health care organizations. His latest examines improving bio-surveillance through electronic data collection and reporting to improve tracking of contagious diseases such as influenza through early identification of influenza like illness among locals and visitors seeking care in hospital emergency rooms. 

Dr. Cochran has conducted research on economic effects of smoking legislation, and has researched access to treatment for the severely mentally ill. He has worked on evaluating the cost efficiency in providing services to low income populations with emphasis on primary care providers and public hospitals.

Dr. Cochran teaches in the areas of the U.S. health care systems, health care policy, epidemiology, and strategic management. He is a current member of the Public Employees Benefits Program Board, and a current member of the Nevada HIMMS and American College of Healthcare Executives.


  • Ph.D., Health Administration, University of South Carolina
  • M.P.A., University of South Carolina
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Texas at El Paso

Christopher R. Cochran In The News

Jan 18, 2017

UNLV is among the universities around the country participating in a push by the Obama administration to demographically shore up the Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace by signing up more young adults.

May 7, 2013
Apr 24, 2013

Articles Featuring Christopher R. Cochran

Apr 15, 2014
Business & Community
Experts from UNLV and University of Nevada School of Medicine meet to discuss health disparities in Nevada.

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