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

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Christopher R. Cochran In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
March 19, 2018
Chris Singer approaches patients and their families sitting in a doctor’s waiting room with a smile every time.
Physicians Practice
February 9, 2018
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is starting a new chapter under the direction of former pharma executive Alex Azar, who was sworn in as the new Secretary on January 29. How will Azar's leadership shape US.. public health policy and what can physicians expect from his tenure in the way of healthcare reform?
Las Vegas Sun
January 2, 2018
Nevadans whose health care isn’t covered by their employers and who missed the Dec. 15 deadline for government-provided insurance still have options for the coming year, according to local experts.
Vice News
August 8, 2017
Health care options for thousands of Nevadans narrowed significantly Monday after health insurer Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield — one of the largest health insurance companies in the U.S. — announced it would withdraw from Nevada’s Obamacare state exchange in 2018. Fourteen counties in Nevada are at risk of not having an insurance provider on the state’s individuals insurance exchange in 2018.

Articles Featuring Christopher R. Cochran

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