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


A Practical Measure for Identification of Adults with Oral Human Papillomavirus: Potential Use in Primary Care
Family Medicine. 52(1):31-37 [DOI] 10.22454/FamMed.2020.382138. [PMID] 31914181.
Utilization Pattern of Computed Tomographic Colonography in the United States: Analysis of the US National Health Interview Survey
Cancer Prevention Research. [DOI] 10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-20-0175. [PMID] 32938642.
Utilization of Antineoplastic Agents and Medicare Spending in Elderly Patients With Extensive-Stage Small-Cell Lung Cancer Between 2001 and 2013.
JCO oncology practice. 16(7):e610-e621 [DOI] 10.1200/JOP.19.00559. [PMID] 32074011.
Trends in US Population Interest in Palliative Care and Its Association with Prevalence of Palliative Care Programs in US States
Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 60(1):e89-e91 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.03.016. [PMID] 32240753.
Tele-ICUs for COVID-19: A Look at National Prevalence and Characteristics of Hospitals Providing Teleintensive Care
Journal of Rural Health. 37(1):133-141 [DOI] 10.1111/jrh.12524. [PMID] 33030761.
Socioeconomic and Demographic Characteristics of US Adults Who Purchase Prescription Drugs From Other Countries
JAMA Network Open. 3(6) [DOI] 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.8968. [PMID] 32579194.
Purchasing Drugs Abroad Among U.S. Cancer Survivors: Analysis of the National Health Interview Survey, 2011-2018
American Journal of Preventive Medicine. [DOI] 10.1016/j.amepre.2020.10.017. [PMID] 33358718.
Population-Level Interest and Telehealth Capacity of US Hospitals in Response to COVID-19: Cross-Sectional Analysis of Google Search and National Hospital Survey Data.
JMIR public health and surveillance. 6(2) [DOI] 10.2196/18961. [PMID] 32250963.
Physician Cultural Competency Training and Impact on Behavior: Evidence From the 2016 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey
Family Medicine. 52(8):562-569 [DOI] 10.22454/FamMed.2020.163135.
Patient–Provider Discussion About Cancer Treatment Costs and Out-of-Pocket Spending: Implications for Shared Decision Making in Cancer Care
Value in Health. 23(12):1592-1598 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jval.2020.08.002.
Patient-Provider Communication with Teach-Back, Patient-Centered Diabetes Care, and Diabetes Care Education
Patient Education and Counseling. [DOI] 10.1016/j.pec.2020.05.029. [PMID] 32507589.
Patient Portal Barriers and Group Differences: Cross-Sectional National Survey Study
Journal of Medical Internet Research. 22(9) [DOI] 10.2196/18870. [PMID] 32940620.
Patient-Centered Medical Home and Up-To-Date on Screening for Breast and Colorectal Cancer
American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 58(1):107-116 [DOI] 10.1016/j.amepre.2019.08.030. [PMID] 31862097.
Impact of DPP4 Inhibitors in Survival of Patients with Prostate, Pancreas and Breast Cancer
Frontiers in Oncology. 10 [DOI] 10.3389/fonc.2020.00405. [PMID] 32296640.
Geographic Variation in Palliative Care Delivery Among Patients Diagnosed With Metastatic Lung Cancer in the USA: Medicare Population-Based Study
Supportive Care In Cancer : Official Journal Of The Multinational Association Of Supportive Care In Cancer. 29(2):813-821 [DOI] 10.1007/s00520-020-05549-z. [PMID] 32495033.
Geographic Variation in Knowledge of Palliative Care Among US Adults: Findings From 2018 Health Information National Trends Survey
The American Journal Of Hospice & Palliative Care. [DOI] 10.1177/1049909120946266. [PMID] 32757758.
Electronic wearable device and physical activity among US adults: An analysis of 2019 HINTS data
International Journal of Medical Informatics. 144 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2020.104297. [PMID] 33059242.
Electronic Cigarette Use and Oral Human Papillomavirus Infection Among US Adult Population: Analysis of 2013-2016 NHANES
Journal of General Internal Medicine. [DOI] 10.1007/s11606-020-05874-3. [PMID] 32514893.
Early Performance of Hospital Value-based Purchasing Program in Medicare: A Systematic Review
Medical Care. 58(8):734-743-743 [DOI] 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001354. [PMID] 32692140.
e-Cigarette, Conventional Tobacco Cigarette Use, Dual Use and C-Reactive Protein
Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 75(17):2271-2273 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jacc.2020.02.061. [PMID] 32354388.
Development and Validation of County-Level Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) Risk Assessment Tool for Cardiovascular Disease
Annals of Family Medicine. 18(4):318-325 [DOI] 10.1370/afm.2534. [PMID] 32661032.
COVID-19 Impacts Mental Health Outcomes and Ability/Desire to Participate in Research Among Current Research Participants
Obesity. 28(12):2272-2281 [DOI] 10.1002/oby.23016. [PMID] 32845582.
Cardiovascular toxicity in patients treated with immunotherapy for metastatic non-small cell lung cancer: A SEER-medicare study: CVD outcomes with the use of ICI in mNSCLC
Lung Cancer. 150:172-177 [DOI] 10.1016/j.lungcan.2020.10.017. [PMID] 33186859.
Association of Patient-Provider Teach-Back Communication with Diabetic Outcomes: A Cohort Study
Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM. 33(6):903-912 [DOI] 10.3122/jabfm.2020.06.200217.
Dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors as novel agents in improving survival in diabetic patients with colorectal cancer and lung cancer: A Surveillance Epidemiology and Endpoint Research Medicare study.
Cancer medicine. 8(8):3918-3927 [DOI] 10.1002/cam4.2278. [PMID] 31124302.
Excess costs and economic burden of obesity-associated cancers in the United States
Value in Health. 22(12):1378-1386 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jval.2019.07.004.
Knowledge of Palliative Care Among American Adults: 2018 Health Information National Trends Survey
Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 58(1):39-47.e3 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2019.03.014. [PMID] 30922703.
Low Rates of Patient-Reported Physician-Patient Discussion about Lung Cancer Screening among Current Smokers: Data from Health Information National Trends Survey
Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention. 28(5):963-973 [DOI] 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-18-0629. [PMID] 31023697.
Patient Portal Utilization: Before and after Stage 2 Meaningful Use
Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 26(10):960-967 [DOI] 10.1093/jamia/ocz030. [PMID] 30947331.
Patient-Centered Care Factors and Access to Care: A Path Analysis Using Andersen Behavior Model
Public Health. 171:41-49 [DOI] 10.1016/j.puhe.2019.03.020. [PMID] 31096161.
Patterns of Postdiagnosis Depression Among Late-Stage Cancer Patients: Do Racial/Ethnic and Sex Disparities Exist?
American Journal of Clinical Oncology-Cancer Clinical Trials. 42(8):675-681 [DOI] 10.1097/COC.0000000000000569. [PMID] 31305288.
Satisfaction with Health Care among Individuals with Overweight and Obesity: A Nationally Representative Cross-Sectional Study
Journal of General Internal Medicine. 34(8):1397-1399 [DOI] 10.1007/s11606-019-04939-2. [PMID] 30887437.
Teach-Back Experience and Hospitalization Risk Among Patients with Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions: a Matched Cohort Study.
Journal of general internal medicine. 34(10):2176-2184 [DOI] 10.1007/s11606-019-05135-y. [PMID] 31385206.
Trends in E-Visit Adoption among U.S. Office-Based Physicians: Evidence from the 2011-2015 NAMCS
International Journal of Medical Informatics. 129:260-266 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2019.06.025. [PMID] 31445265.
Use of Social Media in Health Communication: Findings From the Health Information National Trends Survey 2013, 2014, and 2017.
Cancer control : journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center. 26(1) [DOI] 10.1177/1073274819841442. [PMID] 30995864.
Utilization of Pain Medications and Its Effect on Quality of Life, Health Care Utilization and Associated Costs in Individuals with Chronic Back Pain
Journal of Pain Research. 12:557-569 [DOI] 10.2147/JPR.S187144. [PMID] 30774421.
Utilization pattern and service settings of palliative care for patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer.
Cancer. 125(24):4481-4489 [DOI] 10.1002/cncr.32478. [PMID] 31449674.
Financial Burden of Cancer Care under the Affordable Care Act: Analysis of MEPS-Experiences with Cancer Survivorship Survey 2011 and 2016
Journal of Cancer Survivorship. 13(4):523-536 [DOI] 10.1007/s11764-019-00772-y. [PMID] 31183677.
Impact of Provider Participation in Aco Programs on Preventive Care Services, Patient Experiences, and Health Care Expenditures in US Adults Aged 18-64
Medical Care. 56(8):711-718 [DOI] 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000935. [PMID] 29768311.
Effect of multimodal information delivery for diabetes care on colorectal cancer screening uptake among individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Preventive medicine reports. 11:89-92 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pmedr.2018.05.008. [PMID] 29984144.
Distrust in Health Care and Cultural Factors Are Associated With Uptake of Colorectal Cancer Screening in Hispanic and Asian Americans
Cancer. 124(2):335-345 [DOI] 10.1002/cncr.31052.
A risk score assessment tool for peripheral arterial disease in women: From the National Health And Nutrition Examination Survey.
Clinical cardiology. 41(8):1084-1090 [DOI] 10.1002/clc.23032. [PMID] 30039607.
Benchmarking Implications: Analysis of Medicare Accountable Care Organizations Spending Level and Quality of Care
Journal for Healthcare Quality. 40(6):344-353 [DOI] 10.1097/JHQ.0000000000000123. [PMID] 29474312.
Care Coordination Management in Patient-Centered Medical Home: Analysis of the 2015 Medical Organizations Survey
Journal of General Internal Medicine. 33(7):1004-1006 [DOI] 10.1007/s11606-018-4439-1. [PMID] 29633123.
Multigroup Path Analysis on the Influence of Health Service Quality by Different Health Insurance Types
Journal of healthcare management.. 62(2):93-105 [DOI] 10.1097/JHM-D-17-00008. [PMID] 28282331.
Prevalence and Risk of Penile Human Papillomavirus Infection: Evidence From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2013-2014
Clinical Infectious Diseases. 64(10):1360-1366 [DOI] 10.1093/cid/cix159.
Up-To-Date on Preventive Care Services Under Affordable Care Acting a Trend Analysis From Meps 2007-2014
Medical Care. 55(8):771-780 [DOI] 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000763. [PMID] 28671929.
Affordable Care Act: Comparison of Healthcare Indicators among Different Insurance Beneficiaries with New Coverage Eligibility
Bmc Health Services Research. 16(1):1-10 [DOI] 10.1186/s12913-016-1362-1. [PMID] 27044311.
A Study on the Structure of the Safety Control System between Management and Labor: Approaches to Industrial Injuries Prevention
. 4:96-118
Evaluation of Satisfaction with Oriental Health Services among College Students
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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

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
HSC2000 Introduction to Health Professions
HSA7936 Seminar in Health Care Costs and Financing
HSA7905 Advanced Individual Study in Health Services Research
HSA7759 Quality and Outcomes in Health Services Research
PHC6941 MPH Applied Practice Experience

Contact Details

(352) 273-5335