Keith Joiner

Professor of Medicine; Professor of Public Health; Director of Scholarly Project
Professor of Economics (courtesy)
Keith Joiner

McClelland Hall 403
1130 East Helen Street 
P.O. Box 210108 
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0108 

Areas of Expertise

Academic Health Centers
Health economics and policy
Incentive system design
International health care systems

A medical doctor, Keith Joiner joined the Eller College of Management in 2010 as co-director of the Center for Management Innovations in Healthcare. He was appointed professor of economics in 2012. His vast professional experience includes founding the Investigative Medicine Program at Yale University and serving as the dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine from 2004 to 2008. His research focuses on: the optimization of resource allocation in academic health centers; the relationship between medical decision-making in emergency departments and the subsequent cost and outcome; regret aversion in medical decision-making; new reimbursement models for high cost health care interventions; and, the application of the concept of service dominant logic to the health care sector. He earned his medical degree at the University of Colorado in 1974 and also holds a master’s in public health from Yale University.


  • ECON 427 Current Topics in Healthcare Economics and Policy

Recent Publications

  • Robertson, CT, Yokum, DV, Sheth, N, and Joiner, KA. A randomized trial of the split benefit health insurance reform to reduce high-cost, low-value consumption. Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health. 1: 5-11, 2014.

  • Joiner, KA, Kramer, T. R. and Cooper, R. A practical cost-based approach to determining reimbursement rate: A necessary component of effective payment reform. Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health. 2: 9-17, 2015
  • Lusch, RF and Joiner, KA. Evolving to a service dominant logic for health. Aust. Health Rev. In press, 2015
  • Robertson, C.T. and Joiner, K.A. Scaling and splitting: New approaches to health insurance. Regulation. Cato Institute. In press, 2015


  • MPH in Health Policy and Administration, Yale University, 2003
  • MD, University of Colorado, 1974
  • BA in Biology, University of Chicago, 1970