As Affiliate Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health, Graven teaches Health Economics,
advises students, and participates in other school committees and functions. Dr. Graven’s
primary position is as trained health economist working in advanced analytics and data science
As Data Scientist, Dr. Graven builds and deploys predictive and forecasting models and conducts
advanced analytics to support quality improvement operations at the OHSU hospital and system. Additionally
his group performs opportunity discovery analyses on EMR data linked to claims, patient
satisfaction, or external benchmark data to aid in population health and value based care.
Dr. Graven received his doctoral training at the University of Minnesota-School of Public Health and
performed research with the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC). Prior to his
operational role OHSU, he was Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Health Systems
Effectiveness (CHSE) at OHSU. His research interests include topics of health insurance
coverage, behavioral health integration, healthcare workforce, cost effectiveness analysis,
program evaluation, and analyses of learning health systems. Recently, he was health
economist on awarded NIH grants leading economic evaluation for a randomized control trial of
inpatient medical procedure and for employee wellness program for bus drivers.
While health care can seem intricate and complex, he finds economic tools highly effective at
understanding underlying factors to assist in building programs and policies to deal with the
many problems we face.
B.S., University of Wisconsin, 2000
M.S., University of Minnesota, 2012
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2014
- IHS-1310-08388 (Bill Wright) 8/1/2014-7/31/2017 PCORI Caring for the Whole Person: A Patient-Centered Assessment of Integrated Care Models in Vulnerable Populations Role: Co-Investigator
- (Bill Hersh) 06/29/2015 – 06/28/2017 Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology 3. OHSU Update and Expansion of the ONC Health IT Curriculum Role: Health Economist
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