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Rajesh Balkrishnan

Professor
Unit: School of Medicine
Department: PBHS Public Health Sciences Admin
Office location and address
1335 Lee St
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
BS, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Mumbai, 1995

MS, Pharmaceutical Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997

PhD, Public Health (Health Services and Epidemiology), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999
Biography

Dr. Balkrishnan is a social epidemiologist whose research program focuses on medical care access, especially focused on long term pharmacological treatment of medical conditions. In particular, Dr. Balkrishnan has been recently focused on exploring issues related to adherence and quality of care in oncology, diabetes, and kidney disease in underserved populations. For over two decades Dr. Balkrishnan has worked with the Medicaid program to understand issues of access to essential pharmacotherapies in low income populations. Dr. Balkrishnan is a part of a research group that is exploring issues related to oncology care in rural Appalachia. In addition he has served as key co-investigator on large national studies such as the USRDS. Dr. Balkrishnan combines his expertise in health informatics, pharmacy, health services research and biostatistics to create and analyze large data repositories which enable “real world” evaluations of the effectiveness of medical care. He is also involved in the development of several registries for non-communicable chronic diseases globally. He has performed several comparative effectiveness evaluations of technologies and treatments. Dr. Balkrishnan has published over 350 research papers (2020 H-index: 64) , books and book chapters and has been recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in effectiveness research and evaluation.

At the University of Virginia, Dr. Balkrishnan is a member of the Cancer Population Health Sciences Program at the UVA Cancer Center, and Clinical Professor in the School of Nursing. He teaches two courses in Health Policy in the UVA MPH program, and coordinates the Public Health Grand Rounds.

Balkrishnan-ArborResearch/FDA-Transplant Outcomes using Generic and Brand name immunosuppressants: studying medications used by people who have received kidney and liver transplants_YR03
Source: Arbor Research Collaborative for Health
September 01, 2017 – February 28, 2018
Exploring Issues related to Vaccine Hesitancy In HPV: Development of a cancer risk-focus
Source: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
February 23, 2016 – December 31, 2017
MD-PBHS Transplant Outcomes Using Generic and Brand Name Immunosuppressants: studying medications used by people who have received kidney and liver transplants YR02
Source: Arbor Research Collaborative for Health
December 14, 2016 – August 31, 2017
MD-PBHS Balkrishnan-ArborResearch/FDA-Transplant Outcomes using Generic and Brand name immunosuppressants: studying medications used by people who have received kidney and liver transplants
Source: Arbor Research Collaborative for Health
December 14, 2015 – August 31, 2016
PHS-Balkrishnan-VA Medical Center-Salem
Source: Salem VA Medical Center
June 15, 2015 – September 30, 2015
PHS 5100: Health Care Policy & Management
Credits: 3
Seminar to introduce undergraduates to graduate level work. Examines the evolution of the U.S. health care system from a health policy and health values perspective, with an emphasis on the current health system. Topics include issues surrounding the financing, organization, and delivery of health care, including acess, coverage, cost, and quality of health services. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
PHS 5960: Supervised Independent Research
Credits: 1–6
Supervised Independent Research
PHS 7051: Policy Development, Analysis, & Advocacy
Credits: 3
Provides students with the opportunity to engage in the policy development & advocacy process. This includes defining & analyzing a policy issue, synthesizing info & data from numerous sources to generate policy options, examining the legal, ethical & other implications of potential policy options, understanding the preferences & perspectives of key stakeholders, & clearly communicating & advocating for policy options with different audiences.
PHS 7102: Health Care Policy Analysis and Evaluation
Credits: 3
This course is an exposure to the concepts, methods and problem areas addressed by health services research as a field of inquiry. The focus of the course will be on the development and critique of a healthcare policy paper. This course will involve discussion of the concepts, methods and problem areas addressed by health services research and develop a toolkit for healthcare policy analysis.
PHS 8880: Integrative Learning RP Part 1
Credits: 2
Practicum associated with Methods Course for Research in Practice Concentration. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
PHS 8881: Integrative Learning HP Part 1
Credits: 2
Practicum associated with Methods Course for Health Policy, Law & Ethics Concentration. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
PHS 8930: Integrative Learning Experience RP Part 2
Credits: 1–3
The culminating experience project should demonstrate application of knowledge acquired in the MPH program to a real-world public health issue. Students write a paper & create a poster for presentation describing their projects. Students also take a review test of basic material from the core public health disciplines & complete a competency self-assessment to obtain feedback on their progress & accomplishments achieved by the end of the program. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission.
PHS 8931: Integrative Learning Experience HP Part 2
Credits: 1–3
The final project should demonstrate application of knowledge acquired in the MPH program to a real-world public health issue. Students write a paper & create a poster for presentation describing their projects. Students also take a review test of basic material from the core public health disciplines & complete a competency self-assesment to obtain feedback on their progress & accomplishments achieved by the end of the program.