2021-2022 MPH Outstanding Faculty Advisor

Dr. Young-Rock Hong was awarded the MPH Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award for 2021-2022.

Dr. Hong is an Assistant Professor in the Health Services Research, Management and Policy program. Dr. Hong is a health services researcher and medical sociologist, studying the social context of medical practice and interactions of care providers and patients across the continuum of collaborative care. Dr. Hong’s professional goal is to help reduce healthcare disparities and inequalities while maintaining a standardized quality of care. To achieve this goal, he aims to understand the social and cultural factors in an effective patient-provider relationship and their trust-building; to examine health consequences of interactions in care delivery, and to develop and evaluate patient-centered care interventions.

Dr. Hong was nominated by students that he advised during the 2021-2022 school year. His nominators wrote:

“Throughout the entirety of the program Dr. Young-Rock has encouraged me to give every assignment and project my complete effort. Most importantly, Dr. Young-Rock always believed in me when I shared my goals of pursuing a PhD and a career in academia thereafter. … Dr. Young-Rock is also an excellent instructor. His doctoral-level course on health services research was one of the most engaging and valuable learning experiences for the MPH students, regardless of career path.

“[Dr. Hong] has consistently showed his commitment and dedication to my success, whether it was from last-minute meetings to letters of support for my various and MANY applications. He has taken the time to give me constructive feedback for my work to ensure I not only understand the “why”, but also how I can imporve myself professionally and academically. … Dr. Hong has shown his passion for improving the patient-provider experience and value-based care. As my professor for my Quality and Outcomes class, he has provided valuable information and research to ensure the entire class not only understands, but can apply their knowledge.

Congratulations Dr. Young-Rock Hong!