Ahmad Khanijahani

Assistant Professor
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Health Administration and Public Health

436 Fisher Hall
Phone: 412.396.4772


Ph.D., Public Affairs - Health Services Management and Research, University of Central Florida
M.S., Health Economics, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
B.S., Health Services Administration, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences
Bio and Expertise

Dr. Khanijahani has received several prestigious fellowships such as the University of Central Florida's trustees' doctoral fellowship, University of Central Florida's Graduate Dean's Dissertation Completion Fellowship, and Duquesne's Presidential Scholarship Award. His broad domain knowledge, training, and expertise in health economics, health services management, health services research, public health, and public affairs empower him to hold an interdisciplinary approach to addressing and studying organizational and public issues.

As a Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA), Dr. Khanijahani's knowledge and experience with different statistical approaches, analytical methods, and computer programs enable him to conceptualize and design innovative and effective data-driven research studies.

Health Disparities
Social Determinants of Health
Healthcare Access and Utilization
Maternal and Child Health
Health Policy and Economics

Professional Certification and Membership

Professional Certification:

Certified in Public Health (C.P.H), National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE)
Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA), American Health Information Management (AHIMA)

Professional Membership:

American Public Health Association (APHA)
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)

Selected Publications

Khanijahani, A. (2020). Governance and public health: implications for targeting smoking in the United States. International Journal of Health Governance. DOI 10.1108/IJHG-06-2019-0041

King, C., & Khanijahani, A. (2020). Unmet health care needs among children of mothers exposed to violence. Child Abuse & Neglect, 101, 104363.

Davari, M., Amani, B., Amani, B., Khanijahani, A., Akbarzadeh, A., & Shabestan, R. (2020). Pregabalin and gabapentin in neuropathic pain management after spinal cord injury: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The Korean Journal of Pain, 33(1), 3-12. doi:10.3344/kjp.2020.33.1.3

Ortiz, J., Hofler, R., Bushy, A., Lin, Y. L., Khanijahani, A., & Bitney, A. (2018). Impact of nurse practitioner practice regulations on rural population health outcomes. Healthcare, 6(2), 65. doi:10.3390/healthcare6020065

Ebrahimipour, H., Vafaei Najjar, A., Khanijahani, A., Pourtaleb, A., Javadi, M., Rezazadeh, A., & Shirdel, A. (2013). Health system responsiveness: a case study of general hospitals in Iran. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 1(1), 85-90. doi:10.15171/ijhpm.2013.13

Ebrahimipour, H., Vafaee-Najar, A., Khanijahani, A., Pourtaleb, A., Saadati, Z., Molavi, Y., & Kaffashi, S. (2013). Customers' complaints and its determinants: the case of a training educational hospital in Iran. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 1(4), 273-277. doi:10.15171/ijhpm.2013.56

Selected Conference Presentations

Khanijahani, A. & Wan, T. (2019, November). Classification and Regression Tree (CART) Analysis in Studying Health Disparities: Applications in Understanding Unmet Medical Need. American Public Health Association (APHA) 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo. Philadelphia, PA.

Khanijahni, A. & Wan, T. (2019, May) Unmet medical need and health disparities among U.S. adults. International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) 2019. New Orleans, LA

Sualp, K. & Khanijahani, A. (2019, March). Neighborhood Support and Mental Disorders in Children. 32nd Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health. Tampa, FL.

Khanijahani, A. & Sualp, K. (2019, February). The Role of Neighborhood Factors in Children's Behavioral and Mood Problems: Controlling for Individual and Family Characteristics and Context. 22nd Annual American Association of Behavioral & Social Science Conference (AABSS). Las Vegas, NV.


Select Research Areas:

Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health
Healthcare Access and Utilization
Maternal and Child Health
Health Policy and Economics

Select Research Methods and Statistical Analysis:

Complex survey data analysis
multilevel analysis
structural equation modelling
Big data and machine learning