Kunal N. Patel, DrPH, MPH, MDP

Title: Assistant Professor
Division: Health Studies
Unit: Public Health
Office Location: Wirtz Hall 252
Office Phone: 815-753-5590
Email: kpatel27@niu.edu

Courses Taught

  • PHHE 441: Introduction to Health Care Administration
  • PHHE 451: Economic Issues in Public Health
  • PHHE 453: Financial Management of Health Care Organizations
  • PHHE 607: Public Health and Health Services Management
  • PHHE 651: Health Economics for Health Services Managers
  • PHHE 653: Financial Decision Making for Health Services Managers
  • PHHE 657 (course founder): Governance, Leadership, and Ethics in Healthcare Quality Improvement


  • DrPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • MPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • MDP, Emory University
  • B.S., Emory University, Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology
  • B.A., Emory University, Economics

Research Interests

  • Health Care Management
  • Strategy
  • Health Services
  • Policy
  • Finance for Healthcare Organizations
  • Health Economics
  • Quality Improvement
  • International Development

Selected Publications

Patel, K.N., Ayers, D., & Ford, E.W. (2021). Rapid Assessment Technology: A Demonstration Evaluating Potential Cost-Benefit Outcomes of U.S. Hospital Price Transparency Regulation. Health Policy and Technology.

Patel, K.N., Mazurenko, O., & Ford, E.W. (2021). Analysis of Hospital Quality Measures and Online Chargemasters, 2019: Results from a Cross-Sectional Study. JMIR Formative Research.

Ford, E.W. & Patel, K.N. (2021). Ten Years of Health Information Technology Policy and Progress? The ACA Effects. Journal of Health Care Finance. Vol. 47 (Special Feature 1), p. 11.

Fifolt, M., Patel, K.N., Rucks, A., & Ford, E.W. (2021). Exploring Medicaid patient experiences: A review of unsolicited comments on the CAHPS 5.0 Health Plan Survey. Journal of Patient Experience.

Patel, K. N., Rucks, A. C., and Ford, E. W. (2020). Consumers' Exposure to Price Transparency: Compliance Testing and Sentiment Analysis of US Hospitals During 2019. In Transforming Health Care. Emerald Publishing Limited.

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College of Health and Human Sciences
Wirtz Hall 227

The Dean's Office is open for face-to-face meetings by appointment only.

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