UCLA faculty Dhruv Khurana with a beard and mustached wearing navy suit, tie, and white collared shirt

Dhruv Khurana, PhD

Course: Microeconomic Theory of Health Sector


Dhruv Khurana, Ph.D., currently works as Senior Economist-Statistician at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs within the Division of Addiction Psychiatry. His work there primarily focuses on evaluating the causal impact of the California 1115/DMC-ODS waiver that expanded access to treatment for Medicaid beneficiaries with SUD. Additionally, he works on evaluating the impact of Proposition 64, which legalized the use of recreational marijuana in CA.


He also works as a Health Economist at Riverside County’s Public Health Department. His research focuses on improving routine primary care delivery for low-income patients, including studying the impact of incorporating Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), designing and evaluating interventions to promote diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in primary care delivery, especially for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ patients.


Dr. Khurana is also affiliated with the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Health Economics of treatment Interventions for Substance use disorders, Hepatitis C Virus [HCV], and HIV, Committee on the Status of LGBTQ+ in the Economics Profession at the American Economic Association, Comparative Effectiveness and Clinical Outcomes Research Center at Riverside University Health System-Medical Center, UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative.


His formal training in Behavioral Economics equips him with the tools to design and implement interventions effectively. At the same time, his experience as a Health Economist allows him to evaluate the impact of such interventions.


Owing to his diverse experience, Dr. Khurana takes a multidisciplinary approach in his research and teaching. He was recognized as a “Diversity Scholar” by the American Society of Health Economists (ASHE) in 2020. He was recognized as the “Most Valued Professor” for three consecutive years at California State University at San Bernardino.


He received a Ph.D. in Economics, an M.A. in Economics from Claremont Graduate University, and an M.S. in Finance from the London School of Economics.