Ruoyan Sun

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy & Organization

School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham


Dr Sun is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Health Policy and Organization at UAB. She received her training in health economics and operations research/decision sciences. Dr Sun applies a variety of quantitative methods in her research, including agent-based modeling, econometric methods, social network analysis, mathematical modeling and optimal control, to study health behaviors and evaluate public health interventions. Her main research interests include tobacco control, youth electronic cigarette use, infectious disease modeling, and substance use and addiction. She has published in leading journals in her field, such as JAMA Pediatrics, JAMA Network Open, Addiction, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, and Journal of Medical Internet Research. Her studies have been covered by national media outlets such as the Washington Post, the New York Times, and United Press International.

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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