Christopher S. Hollenbeak, PhD

Christopher S. Hollenbeak, Ph.D., is Professor and Department Head in Health Policy and Administration at the Pennsylvania State University.  He also holds appointments in the departments of Surgery and Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine.  As a health economist, Dr. Hollenbeak has extensive research expertise in health services and outcomes research with a particular emphasis on end-of-life care.  In recent work, he has studied hospice and end-of-life care in prisons, has estimated the cost savings associated with hospice care at end of life for patients with head and neck cancer, and has estimated the impact of do-not-resuscitate orders on outcomes for patients with heart failure.  He teaches courses on decision analysis, value determination in healthcare, and Bayesian inference.  His research is directed at public health and clinical audiences and attempts to inform clinical decision-making and public policy.  Dr. Hollenbeak has published over 250 articles appearing in Journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Health Affairs.  His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and numerous pharmaceutical companies.  Dr. Hollenbeak serves on several editorial boards, including the American Journal of Medical Quality, PharamcoEconomics, and Heart & Lung.  He received his B.A. in Economics from Brigham Young University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.