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Ph.D. 2003, University of Washington, Seattle, Economics
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.