Shana Charles

Shana Charles

Assistant Professor
Location: KHS 237
Email: scharles@fullerton.edu


HESC 349: Measurement and Statistics in Health Science

Shana AlexCharles, MPP, PhD, received her Master's degree in Public Policy (Health and Regional Development) from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs in 2001 and her PhD in Health Services (Health Policy) from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in 2009.​She joins the CSUF faculty as an Assistant Professor in the CSUF Department of Health Sciences after six years as Director of Health Insurance Studies at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Dr. Charles's research focuses on discontinuous health insurance, particularly among low-income children, and its impact on access to care, and underinsurance among those with coverage. She also specializes in political issues surrounding health care reform at both the state and the national levels. Her most recent work includes an examination of the differences of access to care between Medi-Cal enrollees and those with private health insurance; an evaluation of the availability of job-based coverage following the first wave of the Great Recession; and a new conceptual framework of underinsurance that includes access to care. Dr. Charles regularly appears on numerous NPR and other talk radio programs to discuss health care reform issues and their impact, including Air Talk, Which Way L.A.?, The Pat Morrison Show, and Money 101. Her work has received national media attention, including NBC Nightly News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Politico.com. She is looking forward to exploring new adventures in Orange County with her husband, two daughters, and their newest addition, a hamster named Lightning.

Department of Public Health

800 North State College Blvd.,
Fullerton, California 92834
Room KHS-121,
Phone: (657) 278-3316,
Fax: (657) 278-5317

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