Bianca K. Frogner, Ph.D.

Bianca K. Frogner, Ph.D.

Bianca Frogner is Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Management and Leadership.

Dr. Bianca Frogner once expected to become a physician, but undergraduate courses in public health persuaded her that good health involves so much more than just medicine. Deciding instead to pursue training in health economics, Dr. Frogner now takes a fresh approach to the analysis of health care spending, using macroeconomic theories and models of workforce dynamics (involving, for example, labor, wages, and technology). As a graduate student, Dr. Frogner compared the determinants of health spending across Organization of Economic Development countries and has subsequently collaborated on a variety of health system topics, including consumer-directed health care, Medicare risk adjustment, and health reform. Now a consultant to the World Bank, Dr. Frogner works to improve health service delivery in the Ukraine by examining whether Ukrainian health providers are equipped to handle a high prevalence of chronic disease, and what financial incentive systems are in place to support them. Dr. Frogner has also served as a consultant on health reform and the willingness to pay for care, providing services to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the South Africa National Education Health and Allied Workers Union.


Bachelor of Arts (Molecular and Cell biology), University of California at Berkeley, 2001
Doctor of Philosophy (Health economics), Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2008
Postdoctoral fellow (Health policy and administration), University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, 2009


HSML 6206: Quantitative Methods and Epidemiology in Health Services, Department of Health Services Management and Leadership.
HSML 6211: Health Economics, Department of Health Services Management and Leadership


Dr. Frogner's health systems research focuses on the determinants of growth in health spending, the application of labor economic theories to health economic analyses, and the macroeconomic impact of U.S. investments in global health. Her articles in Health Affairs were designated as "top 25 papers" for 2005 and 2006.

Community Service

Dr. Frogner is a peer reviewer for AARP, Inquiry, Health Affairs and Politics and Policy.


  • Global Health
  • Health Care Financing
  • Health Economics