Dr. Cyril F. Chang is Professor of Economics and Director of the Methodist Le Bonheur Center for Healthcare Economics at the Fogelman College of Business & Economics, The University of Memphis. In addition to his main appointment in the Economics Department at The University of Memphis, he holds graduate fcbe_faculty appointments in the Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, and Department of Community Nursing, College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Dr. Chang received his Ph.D. in Economics (1979) from The University of Virginia, MA in Economics (1972) from Memphis State University, and BA in Economics (1968) from National Chengchi University in Taiwan where he grew up. He joined the fcbe_faculty of the Fogelman College of Business & Economics in 1981.
Honors and recognitions include:
- The University of Memphis Distinguished Research Award, 1996
- The University of Memphis Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award, 2002
- The Suzanne Downs Palmer Professorship of Fogelman College of Business & Economics in the teaching category, 2002
- The University of Memphis Board of Visitors Eminent Faculty Award, 2004
- The Suzanne Downs Palmer Professorship of Fogelman College of Business & Economics in the service category, 2006
Teaching areas include: Health Care Economics, Managerial Economics, MBA Economics, and Executive MBA Managerial Economics. He also teaches executive training classes in the Maurice Elliott Leadership Institute at The University of Memphis.
Dr. Chang has written a book, Economics and Nursing, and over 100 book chapters and journal articles in health economics, economics of education, and nonprofit organizations. He has published in leading health care journals such as Journal of American Medical Association, Journal of Health Science Management, Archives of Internal Medicine, Health Services Research, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, American Journal of Managed Care, Journal of American Geriatrics Society, and Journal of Clinical Transplantation. He has also published in many economics and nonprofit journals such as Health Economics, National Tax Journal, Southern Economic Journal, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and Nonprofit Management and Leadership.
Dr. Chang has received many research grants, chaired or served on fourteen Ph.D. dissertation committees, and provided consulting service to government agencies and health care institutions including the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, the Regional Medical Center of Memphis, Methodist Le onheur Healthcare Inc., Memphis and Shelby County Health Department, and an mental health advocacy organization called the Memphis Mental Health Summit. His current research focuses on: (1) the evaluation of TennCare as a major state-initiated health care reform, (2) cost effectiveness of intervention strategies, and (3) the economic efficiency of state health care systems.