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Tanya N. Wanchek

Assistant Professor
Unit: School of Medicine
Department: PBHS Public Health Sciences Admin
Office location and address
Health System West Complex, Room 3181
351 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
J.D., 2006, University of Virginia;
Ph.D. 2003, University of Washington, Seattle, Economics
Biography

Tanya N. Wanchek, Ph.D., J.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Dr. Wanchek teaches Health Care Economics and Health Policy from and Economic Perspective to both graduate and undergraduate students. Her research focuses on the analysis of the dental labor force, oral health outcomes, mental health policy, and cost-effectiveness analysis. Among her published studies are an examination of the relationship between dental hygiene regulation and oral health outcomes, an investigation into the relationship between dental school debt and career choice, and analysis of the effect of the length of temporary detention orders on hospitalization among individuals with a mental illness. She also developed a database that documents state laws that mandate private insurance benefits to children with cleft lip and/or cleft palate for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Wanchek received a doctorate in economics from the University of Washington, a juris doctorate degree from the University of Virginia, and a baccalaureate degree from the University of California, Davis.

Insurance Coverage Policies and Outcomes of Children with Oral Clefts
Source: University of Iowa
September 02, 2016 – August 31, 2018
PHS 3095: Health Policy in the United States - An Economic Perspective
Credits: 3
This course uses an economic perspective to analyze the health policies and institutions that shape the health care system in the US. The consequences of current health care policies on health outcomes are discussed. The processes through which health policies are developed, implemented, and evaluated are analyzed.
PHS 5960: Supervised Independent Research
Credits: 1–6
Supervised Independent Research
PHS 7090: Health Care Economics
Credits: 3
Reviews principles of economics most relevant to analyzing changes in health care provision and applies those principles to current health care institutions and their performance, trends in health care service delivery, and methods of forecasting future trends.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the PHS program or instructor permission.
PHS 7120: Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes
Credits: 3
Introduces students to the techniques needed for the evaluation of health outcomes from the perspectives of the patient, the physician, the health care provider, and society. Presents measurement and evaluation of survival, functional status, quality of life, and health values. Evaluates the efficacy, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of devices, interventions, and processes of care. Prerequisite: PHS 7000 and 7001 or instructor permission.
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.
PHS 8960: Supervised Independent Research I
Credits: 1–6
Supervised Independent Research