Health Economist

Date: Jul 14, 2021

Location: Rancho Cucamonga, CA, US

Company: Inland Empire Health Plans

Job Requisition ID: 5200 


Position Summary/Position


Under the direction of the Manager of Health Services Evaluation, the Health Economist will design and develop reports and analyze data to measure clinical outcomes, program performance and health related quality of life for our Members. The Health Economist will investigate key business problems through quantitative analyses of utilization, claims, cost data, and available SDOH data. The Health Economist will interpret and analyze clinical data from various sources, conduct on-going analyses and produce outputs and findings to support health plan programmatic operations and performance improvement. The Health Economist’s analyses will be used to create viable, real-world improvements and solutions in a complex health care landscape.

Major Functions (Duties and Responsibilities)


1. Actively engage with project teams on study design to identify/develop the best methodologies and techniques to address research and/or evaluation objectives
2. Support the team and deliver on complex quantitative projects
3. Develop study designs, including sampling plans, questionnaires, etc
4. Execute advanced analyses
5. Perform and oversee appropriate statistical modeling methodologies to meet study objectives
6. Drive interpretation and presentation of research results in a visual and impactful customer-friendly fashion
7. Regularly collaborate with leadership and the broader community to ensure that new research, analysis, and measurement techniques inform IEHPs business
8. Develop econometric objectives, strategies and study methods on health plan programs and initiatives
9. Design and execute studies that leverage the use of existing information and resources 
10. Utilize existing research and programs on health economic topics to support programmatic improvements
11. Develop and implement Quality of Life measures and indicators throughout the plan’s programs
12. Suggest new approaches for programs and initiatives that incorporate Member’s social needs and social determinants of health
13. Contribute to strategic planning discussions and processes to enhance the effectiveness of implementation of IEHP strategies 
14. Communicate economic assessment results to appropriate internal audiences 
15. Develop and execute health economic methods to study how the plan can improve quality and reduce costs across a broad range of programs 
16. Perform economic analysis and build econometric models for plan programs that incorporate Member quality of life and SDOH data
17. Communicate and distribute academic literature, presentations and reports on research findings to update the team about new issues, solutions and other topics 
18. Collaborate with internal and external partners to create studies that support IEHP’s mission and bring value to our entire community.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Leading: Guides Others

Experience Qualifications


Must have strong research skills and broad quantitative research expertise, with a minimum of three (3) years of experience. Experience in advanced quantitative methodologies and statistical skills (e.g., regression analyses, factor analysis, cluster analysis, survival analysis, causal inference). Experience in developing and implementing strategies to integrate SDOH factors into models of risk. Experience in successful implementation of econometric studies and achievement of objectives. Experience in developing and implementing strategies to integrate Quality of Life measures into current and planned programs involving IEHP Membership.

Preferred Experience

Education Qualifications


A successful candidate must hold a master's degree in Health Economics, Health Policy, or the related branch of study from an accredited institution. 

Preferred Education


A doctoral degree (PhD) Health Economics, Health Policy, or the related branch of study from an accredited institution will prove to be extremely beneficial. 

Professional Certification

Professional Licenses

Drivers License Required

Yes, must have a valid California Driver's License.

Knowledge Requirement


Interest in keeping pace with methodological advances in the field. Expertise in structural equation modeling and econometric methods is desired. Knowledge of the health-care industry and U. S health system. Good understanding of the subject of health economics and its methods. Right balance of mathematical and analytical aptitude to comprehend the economic aspects thoroughly. Excellent research skills and ability to analyze findings. Intermediate to expert level of fluency with SAS, SQL, and/or other data management and analysis tools.

Skills Requirement


Should be proficient in SAS programming and analysis or other similar analytic tools. Ability to think analytically and strategically.

Abilities Requirement


Ability to handle pressure, complex situations and problem-solving capacity. Ability to work on multiple projects and meet deadlines. Strong orientation to team work. Ability to demonstrate sound analytical reasoning. Ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and changing priorities. Ability to work well in a team environment and build effective relationships with Team Members at all levels. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Detailed oriented.

Commitment to Team Culture


The IEHP Team environment requires a Team Member to participate in the IEHP Team Culture. A Team Member demonstrates support of the Culture by developing professional and effective working relationships that include elements of respect and cooperation with Team Members, Members and associates outside of our organization.

Working Conditions


Word processing involving computer keyboard and screens; travel within California. 

Physical Requirements

Keyboarding: Traditional - FREQUENTLY
Keyboarding: 10-Key - FREQUENTLY
Keyboarding: Touch-Screen - FREQUENTLY
Use of computer mouse - FREQUENTLY
Hearing: One-on-One - FREQUENTLY
Hearing: Over the Telephone/Cell Phone - FREQUENTLY
Hearing: Conference Speakers/Video Calls/Radio Calls - FREQUENTLY
Communicate: Information/ideas verbally - FREQUENTLY
Near Visual Acuity - FREQUENTLY
Regular contacts: co-workers, supervisor - FREQUENTLY
Develop and maintain positive work relationships - CONSTANTLY
Problem Solving - FREQUENTLY
Understand and follow direction - FREQUENTLY
Regular and reliable attendance - CONSTANTLY


Starting Salary: $97,843.20  - $124,758.40  

Pay rate will commensurate with experience


Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is the largest not-for-profit Medi-Cal and Medicare health plan in the Inland Empire. We are also one of the largest employers in the region. With a provider network of more than 6,000 and a team of more than 2,000 employees, IEHP provides quality, accessible healthcare services to more than 1.2 million members. And our mission and core values help guide us in the development of innovative programs and the creation of an award winning workplace. As the healthcare landscape is transformed, we’re ready to make a difference today and in the years to come. Join our Team and Make a Difference with us! IEHP offers a Competitive salary and a benefit package with a value estimated at 35% of the annual salary, including medical, dental, vision, team bonus, and retirement plan.


Nearest Major Market: Riverside
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles