Ruoyan Sun

Assistant Professor

Dep't of Health Care Organization & Policy, School of Public Health,University of Alabama at Birmingham


Ruoyan Sun is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at UAB School of Public Health. Trained in health economics and operations research, she applies a variety of quantitative methods to evaluate tobacco control policies. Her research focus on three main topics. First one is policy simulation, specifically modeling and simulating changes in smoking behaviors (initiation and cessation) via agent based modeling. The second one utilizes optimal control methods with mathematical models to assess optimal mix of interventions to reach tobacco control goals. Using survey data, she also examines risk factors for adolescent vaping in the US. Recently, Dr. Sun started a new line of research, mining social media data on e-cigarettes for content and sentiment analysis.

Dr. Sun received her undergraduate degree from College of William and Mary, a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

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