Dan Shane


A portrait of Professor Dan Shane of the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Title(s): Associate Professor
Department: Health Management and Policy
Office: N244 CPHB
Phone: (319) 384-3480

Dan Shane, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy. Dr. Shane received his PhD in economics at Indiana University in 2012 with a focus in health economics and public finance. Much of his current research focuses on the impact of insurance expansions on health utilization, health care spending, and health outcomes. He has worked extensively investigating the effects of the ACA mandate requiring private insurance companies to cover young adult dependents until age 26. Other current projects include a comprehensive evaluation of Medicare Part D, the prescription drug component of Medicare. He and colleagues are investigating Part D’s effects on mental health, emergency department utilization, and drug spending, among other outcomes. Dan is also part of the Public Policy Center’s evaluation of the Iowa Health and Wellness Program, Iowa’s insurance expansion as part of the Affordable Care Act, in particular how using the insurance exchanges and private insurance plans affects outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries. Dr. Shane teaches a course in the cost-effectiveness of health care and collaborates with students and researchers on topics investigating cost-effectiveness. His work has been published in top health economics and health services research journals and has received recognition at national health economics conferences. Prior to obtaining his PhD, Dr. Shane spent more than 10 years as a strategic pricing analyst in the private sector.

Dr. Shane holds secondary appointments in the Department of Economics and Public Policy Center.

PhD in Health Services and Policy focal area

  • Health Economics

Courses Taught

  • Analytics for Health Care Management
  • Cost-Effectiveness and Decision Analysis
  • Health Services Research Methods
  • Public Health as a Public Good

Research Interests

  • Health economics
  • Health insurance
  • Health care reform evaluation
  • Physician incentives and health care reform
  • Applied econometrics