Christopher R. Cochran

Chair, Healthcare Administration and Policy
Associate Professor, Department of Healthcare Administration and Policy
Expertise: Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Policy, Epidemiology, Nevada Clean Indoor Act


Christopher R. Cochran, Ph.D. is an associate professor and chair of the department of healthcare administration and policy, in the School of Public Health 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 healthcare 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. healthcare systems, healthcare 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

May 26, 2020
The nursing home resident’s first recorded signs of COVID-19 were subtle: a low-grade fever, accompanied by coughing.
March 23, 2020
Health officials predict many US hospitals soon will be overrun with patients. Well before the outbreak, in total, Nevada had 6,304 hospital beds in 2017. Nevada’s 2.1 hospital beds per 1,000 people is lower than the national average of 2.4, according to the Nevada Current.
March 21, 2020
Nevada’s shortage of doctors means many worried patients are scrambling to find a primary care physician who can provide quick diagnoses about coronavirus symptoms or testing options.
March 19, 2018
Chris Singer approaches patients and their families sitting in a doctor’s waiting room with a smile every time.

Articles Featuring Christopher R. Cochran

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