Ahmad Khanijahani

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

436 Fisher Hall
Phone: 412.396.4767


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)
American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon)
International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)

Selected Publications

Khanijahani, A., Akinci, N., Iezadi, S., & Priore, D. (2021). Impacts of high-deductible health plans on patients with diabetes: A systematic review of the literature. Primary Care Diabetes. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pcd.2021.07.015

Khanijahani, A., Calhoun, B., & Kiel, J (2021). Internet use habits and influenza vaccine uptake among US adults: Results from seven years (2012-2018) of the National Health Interview Survey. Public Health.

Khanijahani, A., & Tomassoni, L. (2021). Socioeconomic and Racial Segregation and COVID-19: Concentrated Disadvantage and Black Concentration in Association with COVID-19 Deaths in the United States. Racial Ethn Health Disparities. DOI: 10.1007/s40615-021-00965-1

Khanijahani, A., & Sualp, K. (2021). Adverse Childhood Experiences, Neighborhood Support, and Internalizing and Externalizing Mental Disorders among 6-17 years old US Children: Evidence from a Population-Based Study. Community Mental Health Journal. DOI: 10.1007/s10597-021-00808-7

Khanijahani, A. (2020). Racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths in the United States: A county-level analysis as of November 2020. Ethnicity & Health., DOI: 10.1080/13557858.2020.1853067

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. DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104363

Rezaei, S., Ahmadi, S., Mohamadi-Bolbanabad, A., & Khanijahani, A. (2020). Exploring socioeconomic inequalities in the use of medicinal herbs among Iranian households: evidence from a national cross-sectional survey. BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies, 20 (1), 1-10, DOI: 10.1186/s12906-020-03131-y

Iezadi, S., Alizadeh, M., Samadirad, B., Khanijahani, A., & Pourasghari, H. (2020). A Qualitative Study on the Establishment of an Interpersonal Violence Registry System in Iran. Journal of Interpersonal Violence., DOI: 10.1177/0886260520978181

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. Hong, YR. & Baek, J. (June 14, 2021). Socioeconomic and Racial Disparities in the Prevalence of Asthma and Recovery from Asthma Among a Nationally Representative Sample of 0-17 Years Old US Children. AcademyHealth, Virtual.

Khanijahani, A. Calhoun, B. & Kiel, J. (June 14, 2021). Internet Use for Health Information and Communication, and Influenza Vaccine Uptake Among US Adults: Results from the National Health Interview Survey 2012-2018. AcademyHealth, Virtual.

Akinci, F. Khanijahani, A. & Linkov, F. ( June 8, 2021). COVID-19 adjustments and strategies in education, research, and healthcare management: local and global experiences. Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) 2021 Annual Meeting, Virtual

Khanijahani, A. (June 7, 2021). Key Issues in Health Economics: US vs. Uzbekistan. International Scientific-Practical Conference: Improvement of the quality and efficiency of Primary Healthcare. Tashkent Medical Academy. Uzbekistan, Virtual

Khanijahani, A. (2020). Disparities in Adequate Sleep Among U.S. Children: Results from the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH). AcademyHealth, Virtual.

Khanijahani, A. (2020). Using Microsoft Excel to improve efficiency in working with large datasets in Stata. 2020 Stata Conference, Virtual.

Lin, S., Khanijahani, A., & Younge, R. (2020). Violence exposure, sleep and resilience factors among children and adolescents-analysis of the national survey of children's health (NSCH) 2016-2017. APHA's 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo, Virtual.

Khanijahani, A. & Wan, T. (2019). 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) 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). Neighborhood Support and Mental Disorders in Children: Controlling for Individual and Family Characteristics and Context. 32nd Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health. Tampa, FL.

Khanijahani, A. & Sualp, K. (2019). 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