Bhavneet Walia

Associate Professor

Bhavneet Walia is an Associate Professor of Public Health in Falk College at Syracuse University and a Faculty Affiliate in Syracuse University’s Aging Studies Institute and the Maxwell School’s Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion. Bhavneet is an applied health and labor econometrician. Her research interests are in the areas of healthcare efficiency (including markets for healthcare workers), maternal-child health, disability research and sports epidemiology. Her research work has appeared in leading field journals, including JAMA Network Open, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, BMJ Global Health, JMIR Human Factors, Journal of Market Access & Health Policy, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Journal of Sports Economics. Bhavneet is a part of several funded research grant project, including an NIH funded ADA PARC project for disability research and a Fahs-Beck funded project on research and experimentation related to refugee health. She teaches undergraduate and graduate Public Health courses in secondary public health data analysis and healthcare management. Along with teaching, Bhavneet has mentored several students who were awarded an SU SOURCE research grant for their research projects. With the help of that research funding, she has developed several publications and manuscripts in progress with them as co-authors. Recently, Bhavneet’s research scholarship has focused more prominently on understanding and improving the efficiency of telehealth.


Ph.D., Kansas State University


Health care markets and policy, early childhood development, environmental health, labor market policy.

Research Focus

Professor Walia’s research is focused in three areas:

  • Early child health interventions and cognitive development
  • Mortality and behavioral effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy and related neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Health industry economics; industrial organization of health care industry and subsequent health outcomes.

Professor Walia conducts empirically-based research in each of these areas and looks forward to collaborating with students. She utilizes NLS data sets and related data in her research and analyzes data using health econometric models. She has published journal articles with students in the past and looks forward to collaborating with students in her active and future research program(s).

Statistical Expertise

Applied statistical programming and methodology, health statistics, biostatistics, health information systems, labor statistics, analysis of National Longitudinal Surveys and other social and behavioral statistical analyses (broadly defined)

Recent Publications

  • Walia, B., Banga, H., & Larsen, D. (2022). Increased reliance on Physician Assistants: An access-quality tradeoff? Journal of Market Access & Health Policy, Forthcoming.
  • Appiah, B., Walia, B., & Nam, S. H. (2021). Promoting COVID‐19 vaccination through music and drama—Lessons from early phase of the pandemic. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
  • Walia, B., Shridhar, A., Arasu, P., & Singh, G. K. (2021). US Physicians’ perspective on the sudden shift to telehealth: Survey study. JMIR Human Factors, 8(3), e26336)
  • Walia, B., Kmush, B. L., Lane, S. D., Endy, T., Montresor, A., & Larsen, D. A. (2021). Routine deworming during antenatal care decreases risk of neonatal mortality and low birthweight: a retrospective cohort of survey data. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 15(4), e0009282.
  • Walia, B., & Christopher, B (2021). Health Behaviors and Social Media. Scrimshaw, S. C., Lane, S. D., Rubinstein, R. A., & Fisher, J. (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Social Studies in Health and Medicine. SAGE
  • Kmush, B. L., Walia, B., Neupane, A., Frances, C., Mohamed, I. A., Iqbal, M., & Larsen, D. A. (2021). Community-level impacts of sanitation coverage on maternal and neonatal health: a retrospective cohort of survey data. BMJ global health, 6(10), e005674
  • Walia, B., Kmush, B. L., Ehrlich, J., Mackowski, M., & Sanders, S. (2021). Age at League Entry and Early All-Cause Mortality among National Football League Players. International journal of environmental research and public health, 18(24), 13356
  • Kmush, B. L., Mackowski, M., Ehrlich, J., Walia, B., Owora, A., & Sanders, S. (2020). Association of professional football cumulative head impact index scores with all-cause mortality among National Football League players. JAMA network open, 3(5), e204442-e204442
  • Ryan, S. J., Martin, A. C., Walia, B., Winters, A., & Larsen, D. A. (2020). Comparing prioritization strategies for delivering indoor residual spray (IRS) implementation, using a network approach. Malaria journal, 19(1), 1-9.
  • Graham, M. E., Walia, B., & Robinson, C. (2020). Women executives and off‐the‐job misconduct by high‐profile employees: A study of National Football League team organizations. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 41(9), 815-829.
  • Walia, B., & Boudreaux, C. J. (2020). The cost of players’ injuries to professional sports leagues and other sports organizations. Managerial Finance.
  • Ryan, S. J., Martin, A. C., Walia, B., Winters, A., & Larsen, D. A. (2020). Modeling consensus and distance to delivering indoor residual spray (IRS) implementation strategies to control malaria transmission. bioRxiv.