Yuna S.H. Lee

Yuna S.H. Lee, Ph.D., MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Trained in organizational theory and health services research, she is a health care management researcher and educator who pursues insight on how health care organizations can thrive by fostering improved experiences of care for patients and work for providers. She studies creativity in health care delivery, specifically how patients and providers may serve as sources of creative ideas for improvement and methods to democratize their participation and integrate their perspectives in quality improvement. She studies these possibilities in primary care, inpatient, and intensive care settings and tests novel research methods linked to her work on patient narratives with collaborators in AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) research consortium. Her research is recognized by the Academy of Management, Academy Health, and Industry Studies Association and published in leading health services, clinical, and management journals. Dr. Lee holds an MPH in Healthcare Management and a Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management, with a concentration in Organizational Theory and Management, both from Yale University. At the Columbia Mailman School, Dr. Lee teaches Managerial and Organizational Behavior to graduate students and executives in the Masters of Health Administration program. She is the inaugural recipient of the School's Judson Wolfe Excellence in Teaching Award. Prior to academia, she managed special projects for the Executive Deputy Commissioner at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and has experience working in public health departments, academic medical centers, consultancies and research thinks tanks, in New York City and internationally.

Research Interests

Policy (Policies)
Social Policy
Urban Equity
Urban Health
Urban Planning


Administrative Data (State or National)
CPS (Current Population Survey)
National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)
NYC survey data (e.g. Community Health Survey, Housing and Vacancy Survey)
Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS)