Young-Rock Hong

Young-Rock Hong

Assistant Professor

Business Phone: (352) 273-5335
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About Young-Rock Hong

Dr. Young-Rock Hong, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Health Services Research, Management and Policy program at the University of Florida. Dr. Hong is a health services researcher and medical sociologist, studying the social contexts of medical practice and interactions of care providers and patients across the continuum of collaborative care. Dr. Hong joined the Department as a faculty in 2020 and he is an alumn of UF College of Public Health and Health Professions where he received the PhD in Health Services Research in 2019.

Dr. Hong’s professional goal is to help reduce healthcare disparities and inequalities while maintaining a standardized quality of care. To achieve this goal, he aims to understand the social and cultural factors in an effective patient-provider relationship and their trust-building; to examine health consequences of interactions in care delivery, and to develop and evaluate patient-centered care interventions.


Provost’s Research Promotion Initiative Award
2019 · University of Florida
Impact Article of The Year Award
2019 · National Association for Healthcare Quality
Best Student Paper Award
2019 · American Public Health Association (APHA)-Medical Care Section
Best Research Abstract
2019 · UF College of Public Health and Health Professions
Best Poster Award
2018 · UF Health Cancer Center
Best Student Award
2017 · AcademyHealth
Graduate School Preeminent Award
2016-2019 · University of Florida Graduate School
Outstanding Public Health Research Award
2015 · College of Health Science Eastern Kentucky University
Top Graduate Poster
2015 · College of Health Science Eastern Kentucky University
Idea State U Scholarship
2014-2015 · Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
President’s Award
2012 · Eastern Kentucky University

Board Certifications

  • Certified Survey Analyst, Standard
    Korea National Statistical Office
  • Computerized Accounting Qualification, Advanced
    Korean Association of Certified Public Tax Accountants
  • National Incident Management System

Research Profile

Dr. Young-Rock Hong has a solid background in health services research, having taken part in evaluations of evidence-based preventive care services utilization, access to primary care under the current health reform, community population health assessments, patient satisfaction improvement initiatives, and industrial hygiene, health, and safety projects. His primary research interests focus on designing and analysis of service quality measures in health services organizations using Structural Equation Modeling (SEM), integrating evaluated patient-centered outcomes into Value-Based Payment (VBP) models, and improvements in patient-provider interaction quality in clinical encounters.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)


Areas of Interest
  • Built Environment Evaluation
  • Cancer Screening
  • Health Policy
  • Palliative Care
  • Patient-Provider Communication
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Value-Based Payment


2020 Supportive Care In Cancer : Official Journal Of The Multinational Association Of Supportive Care In Cancer
2019 Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association


PhD in Health Services Research
2016-2019 · University of Florida
MPH in Community Health and Health Education
2013-2015 · Eastern Kentucky University
Study Abroad, International Business and Globalization
2012-2013 · Eastern Kentucky University
BBA in Medical and Hospital Management
2005-2013 · Daegu Korean Medical (Hanny) University

Contact Details

(352) 273-5335