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Faculty and Staff Profile

Khoa Dang Truong

Associate Professor

Office: 509 Edward Halls

Phone: 864-656-4704


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Educational Background

Ph.D. Policy Analysis
Pardee RAND Graduate School 2007

M.Phil. Policy Analysis
Pardee RAND Graduate School 2004

M.A. Development Economics
Williams College 1999

B.S. Agricultural Economics
Hue College of Economics (Vietnam) 1993

Courses Taught

Overview of Healthcare Systems
Finance and Budgeting for Healthcare Organizations
Research and Evaluation Methods
Healthcare Economics
Creative Inquiry in Public Health
Creative Inquiry in Entrepreneurship
Independent Study
Honors Thesis

Health Economics
Research Design and Measurement
Healthcare Delivery Systems
Health Policy
Quantitative Analyses in Health Research & Evaluation
Seminar in Applied Health Research and Evaluation
Independent Study


Dr. Khoa Truong is a health economist. His research is data-driven and has been published in top-tier public health journals with findings cited by national media. His currently funded research studies the perception and preparedness of healthcare workforce post Covid-19 pandemic. He has led a team of several faculty and students to study the uninsured population in South Carolina. The project involved both primary data collection and secondary data analyses to examine health, physical access to healthcare, and utilization of ER among this population. Dr. Truong teaches a wide range of courses and serves on various committees for students across campus. Doctoral students under his mentorship have landed on tenure-track assistant professor positions at nationally ranked universities. He has served as peer reviewer/consulting editor/article editor/guest editor for more than 50 academic journals and reviewed textbooks for the Health Administration Press and Cambridge University Press. He has regularly reviewed grant applications for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and American Heart Association. A native of Vietnam, Khoa Truong began his career in the development field in Southeast Asia. Over the years, he has provided consultancies to the public, private, and non-profit sectors. He holds an adjunct appointment in the Medical University of South Carolina.

Research Interests

+ Access and Healthcare for Disadvantaged Populations
+ Insurance, Utilization of Healthcare Services, and Health Outcomes
+ Tobacco, Alcohol, and Illicit Drug Control Policy
+ Obesity, Mental Health, Child Health
+ Built Environment and Health, Global Health
+ Statistical Modelling, GIS, and Simulation

Research Publications

Sivaraj LB, Truong KD, Basco W. Racial/Ethnic Patterns in Opioid Dispensing among Medicaid-Funded Young Children. Healthcare. Healthcare 2023, 11(13), 1910; PMID: 37444744

Sivaraj LB, Basco W, Heavner-Sullivan S, Shi L Lopes S, Rolke L, Truong KD. Outpatient Opioid Dispensing Patterns for SC Medicaid Children 1-36 Months Old. Maternal & Child Health. March 2023. PMID: 36939951

Torrence C, Truong K, Sivaraj LB. Healthcare Utilization and Smoking Among South Carolina’s Long-Term Uninsured. Healthcare. Healthcare (Basel). 2022 Jun 10;10(6):1079. doi: 10.3390/healthcare10061079. PMID: 35742129

Truong KD, Bedi JS, Zhang L, Draghi B, Shi L. Predicting Areas with High Concentration of the Long?Term Uninsured and Their Association with Emergency Department Usage by Uninsured Patients in South Carolina. Healthcare. 2022, 10, 771. PMID: 3562790

Torrence C, Bhanu A, Bertrand J, Dye C, Truong KD, Madathil KC. Preparing future health care workers for interactions with people with dementia: A mixed methods study. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education. 2022. DOI: 10.1080/02701960.2022.2042805

Lopes S, Shi L, Sivaraj L, Truong KD, Rolke L, Heavner S, Basco W. Dispensed Opioid Prescription Patterns, by Racial/Ethnic Groups, among South Carolina Medicaid-funded Children experiencing Limb Fracture Injuries. Academic Pediatrics. 2022 Mar 4;S1876-2859(22)00089-4. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2022.02.021. PMID: 35257927

Truong KD, Thai T, Zhang L, Shi L, Wang CJ. Insurance Status and Hospital Outcomes among Acute Kidney Failure Patients. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. Volume 14, Issue 2, 2021, pp. 1-14.

Charron E, Rennert L, Mayo R, Eichelberger K, Dickes L, Truong KD. Contraceptive initiation after delivery among women with and without opioid use disorders: A retrospective cohort study in a statewide Medicaid population, 2005-2016. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Helsel BC, Kemper KA, Williams JE, Truong KD, Van Puymbroeck M. Multidimensional risk score to stratify community-dwelling older adults by future fall risk using the Stopping Elderly, Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries (STEADI) framework. Injury Prevention. Epub ahead of print: [16 December 2020]. doi:10.1136/ injuryprev-2020-044014

Charron E, Mayo R, Heavner-Sullivan S, Eichelberger K, Dickes L, Truong K, Rennert L. “It’s a very nuanced discussion with every woman”: Health care providers’ communication practices during contraceptive counseling for patients with substance use disorders. Contraception. 2020 Sept. 349-355.

Chen LT, Shi L, Zhang D, Jiang CY, Truong K. Does the “weekend effect” extend to Friday admissions? An Analysis of Ischemic Stroke Hospitalizations in South Carolina. Frontiers in Neurology. 2020 Jun 5. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2020.00424

Gimbel et. al. Enhancing Patient Activation and Self-Management Activities in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes using the U.S. Department of Defense Mobile Health Care Environment: A Feasibility Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2020 May 26;22(5):e17968. doi: 10.2196/17968.

Shi L, Francis E, Feng C, Pan X, Truong K. Association between Prior Insurance and Health Service Utilization among the Long-Term Uninsured in South Carolina. Health Equity. Volume 3.1, 2019. DOI: 10.1089/heq.2019.0014

Shi L, Truong K, Chen L, Basco W. Burden of non-fatal opioid overdose hospitalizations on Medicaid. Journal of Substance Use. DOI: 10.1080/14659891.2019.1640303

Charron E, Francis E, Heavner-Sullivan S, Truong K. Disparities in Access to Mental Health Services Among Patients Hospitalized for Deliberate Drug Overdose. Psychiatr Serv. 2019 May 14:appips201800496. doi: 10.1176/

Bedi J, Mayo R, Truong K, Chen L, Dickes L, Sherrill WW, Jones K. Endocrine Therapy Use in the 21st Century: Usage Rates and Temporal Trends Illustrate Opportunities for Improvement for South Carolina Medicaid Women. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. 2018 Oct;171(3):759-765. (IF: 3.629). PMID: 29971626

Hu Q, Shi L, Chen L, Zhang L, Truong K, Ewing A, Wu J, Scott J. Seasonality in the adverse outcomes in weight loss surgeries. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. December, 2017.

Zhang L, Scott J, Shi L, Truong K, Hu Q, Ewing J, Chen L. Changes in utilization and peri-operative outcomes of bariatric surgery in large U.S. hospital database, 2011-2014. PLoSONE. 12(10): e0186306. 2017.

Shi L, Feng C, Griffin SF, Williams JE, Crandall LA, Truong K. Does awareness of the Affordable Care Act reduce adverse selection? A study of the long-term uninsured in South Carolina. INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing. October 2017. 54: p. 0046958017727103

Sheng B, Truong K, Spitler H, Zhang L, Tong X, Chen L. The Long-Term Effects of Bariatric Surgery on Type 2 Diabetes Remission, Microvascular and Macrovascular Complications, and Mortality: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Obesity Surgery. 2017 Aug. DOI 10.1007/s11695-017-2844-4.

Gimbel, R., Shi, L., Wiliams, J.E., Dye, C.L., Chen, L., Crawford, P., Shry, E.A., Griffin, S.F., Jones, K.O., Sherrill, W.W., Truong, K., Little, J.A., Edwards, K.W., Hing, M., & Moss., J.B. Enhancing mHealth technology in the patient-centered medical home environment to activate patients with Type 2 diabetes: A multisite feasibility study protocol. JMIR Research Protocols, 6(3), e38 p. 1. 2017.

Shi L, Truong K, Summey J, Spitler H. Liquor Store Density and Acute Pancreatitis Hospitalization. Journal of Substance Use. Volume 22, 2017 - Issue 3. Pages 337-342.

Shi L, Zhang D, Chen L, Truong K. "Weekend Effect" or "Saturday Effect"? An Analysis of Hospital Mortality for Patients With Ischemic Stroke in South Carolina. Circulation. 2016 Nov 8;134(19):1510-1512.

Sherrill WW, Mayo RM, Truong K, Pribonic AP, and Schalkoff CA. Assessing medical student cultural competence: what really matters. Int J Med Educ. 2016; 7:248-254; doi: 10.5116/ijme.578b.687c. July 2016.

Mayo RM, Sherrill WW; Truong K. Preparing for Patient Centered Care: Assessing Nursing Students' Knowledge, Comfort, and Cultural Competence toward Latinos. Journal of Nursing Education. 2014 Jun;53(6):305-12. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20140428-01. Epub 2014 Apr 28.

Truong K, Reifsnider SO, Mayorga ME, Spitler H. Estimated Number of Preterm Births and Low Birth Weight Children Born in the United States Due to Maternal Binge Drinking. Maternal and Child Health Journal. Volume 17, Issue 4 (2014), Page 677-688.

Honors and Awards

2013 Award of Excellence in Research from Clemson University College of Health, Education and Human Development
2015 Award of Excellence in Teaching from Clemson University College of Health, Education and Human Development

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