Jon Christianson, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Division of Health Policy and Management

Jon Christianson

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-3849

Office Address:
15-225 Phillips-Wangensteen Building

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St SE
MMC 729 Mayo
Minneapolis, MN 55455

PhD, Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1974

MS, Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1972

BA, Mathematics and Economics, St. Olaf College, 1968


I have substantial experience in conducting large evaluations, particularly projects that combine qualitative and quantitative data analyses, and am an expert at evaluation and analysis at the community systems level. My research specialties include evaluation of treatment processes, competition and competitive health care markets, health insurance, and financial incentives in health care. My current research interests include the public reporting of provider performance, employer strategies for purchasing health care, implementation of evidence-based treatment processes in health care organizations, and tracking change in health care markets. 


Aging, chronic diseases, management & economics, competitive health care markers, health insurance, evidence based treatment processes in health care, employer strategies for purchasing health care, public reporting, financial incentives 

Professional Associations

  • Vice Chairman, The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)


Research Funding Grants

  • 2016–2017, National Opinion Research Center, "Next Generation ACO Model Evaluation," Co-Investigator
  • 2016–2021, NIH Natl Inst of Diabetes/Dig/Kidney Dis, "Identifying Primary Care Practice Components Leading to Optimal Diabetes Care in Patient-Centered Medical Homes," Co-Investigator




  • PubH 7556, Health and Health Systems
  • PubH 7564, Private Purchasers of Health Care


In The News

In The Media

  • Minnesota effort has health care revamp lessons for Amazon and its partners (StarTribune)
  • UnitedHealthcare goes for bigger piece of Minnesota market (Star Tribune)

SPH News