PhuongGiang Nguyen

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.S.P.H. in health policy and managementt, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; B.A. in philosophy, University of New Mexico; B.S. in biology, University of New Mexico


PhuongGiang Nguyen is an assistant policy researcher and Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her interests are in health services research—particularly with provider payment models, the health care workforce, quality of care, hospital financing, and market consolidation.

She has experience with analyses of survey, clinical, and secondary data, as well as modeling the cost-effectiveness of clinical treatments/interventions. She received a master of science in public health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she studied health policy/management with special emphases on econometrics and decision modeling. Her master paper involved an analysis of the association between hospital profitability and patient health outcomes.

At RAND, she works on projects assessing the effects of physician supply on health care costs, quality, access, and utilization; the physician practice expense RVU methodology; projections of population health and chronic diseases using microsimulation models; and evaluations of integrated microfinance/mental health programs among the economically disadvantaged in Vietnam.

Prior to RAND, Nguyen worked on process/outcomes evaluations of a community health worker intervention in the U.S.-Mexico border region, and analyzed the intervention’s impact on clinical and behavioral health outcomes. She has also developed databases for project monitoring/evaluation, conducted assessments of data quality and health management information systems, and analyzed program expenditures with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Ethiopia.

Recent Projects

  • Evaluation of the From Coverage to Care Initiative
  • Alternative Physician Practice Expense Methodologies
  • Microsimulation of Obesity Policies
  • Medical Malpractice Reform and Physician Supply
  • Implementation and evaluation of integrated microfinance/depression services in Vietnam

Selected Publications

Sanchez V, Cacari-Stone L, Moffett M, Nguyen P, Muhammad M, Nicolae L, Bleecker M, Urias-Chauvin R., "Process Evaluation of a Promotora de Salud Intervention for Improving Hypertension Outcomes for Latinos Living in a Rural U.S.-Mexico Border Region," Health Promotion Practice, 15(3), 2014