Dean G. Smith, Ph.D.

Dean Smith


Director of Executive Education and Life-Long Learning

Editor, Journal of Health Administration Education

M3156 SPH II      Vcard icon
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Office: (734) 647-6233; Fax: (734) 764-4338


Website(s): Center for Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID)

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Summary

Dean Smith is a professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy and Director of Executive Education and Life-Long Learning at the School of Public Health.  He is Chair of the MHealthy Advisory Committee, the University’s umbrella organization for health and wellness programs, Chair of the University's Pharmacy Benefit Oversight Committee and a member of the Medical Benefits Advisory Committee.  He is committed to a line of teaching and research that helps to provide a better understanding of the financial aspects of working with and working in health care delivery and financing organizations. 


Courses Taught

HMP607: Corporate Finance for Health Care Administrators    Syllabus (PDF)
HMP667: Advanced Seminar in Health Care Financial Management
HMP692: Case Studies in Health Management & Policy

Additional Courses:HMP682: Case Studies in Health Services Administration (Executive Program Course)


A.B., Economics, University of Michigan, 1981
Ph.D., Economics, Texas A&M University, 1985

Research Interests & Projects

Costs of pharmaceutical use in clinical trials, financial management practices and techniques, health plan operations

Selected Publications

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Pressler, S.J., Therrien, B., Riley, P.L., Chou, C.C., Ronis, D.L., Koelling, T.M., Smith, D.G., Sullivan, B.J. (2011). Nurse Enhanced Memory Intervention in Heart Failure: the MEMOIR Study Journal of Cardiac Failure, 17, 832-43.

Fendrick, A.M., Smith, D.G., Chernew, M.E. (2010). Applying Value-Based Insurance Design to the Low-Value Realm: Issues and Controversies Health Affairs, 29, 2017-21.

Gibson, T.B., McLaughlin, C.G. and Smith, D.G. (2010). Generic utilization and cost-sharing for prescription drugs. Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research, 22.

Smith, D.G. (2010). Getting the right services covered by health insurance. American Journal of Managed Care, 16.

Xu, X., Ivy, J.S., Patel, D.A., Patel, S., Smith, D.G., Ransom, S.B., Fenner, D., & DeLancey, J.O.L. (2010). Pelvic floor consequences of cesarean delivery on maternal request in women with a single birth: A cost-effectiveness analysis. Journal of Women's Health, 19.

Armijo, D., Lammers. E. & Smith, D. G. (2010). Understanding meaningful outcomes. American Journal of Managed Care, 16.

Fendrick, A. M., Smith, D. G. & Chernew, M. E. (2010). Applying value-based insurance design to the low-value realm: Issues and controversies. Health Affairs, 29.

Landsman, P.B, Smith, D.G., & Fendrick, A.M. (2009). Healthcare utilization in community-acquired pneumonia episodes of care: A comparison across the continuum of managed care. Medical Care, 47.

Smith, D.G. (2009). Value-based insurance design. In M.W. Kattan (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Medical Decision Making SAGE Publications.

Professional Affiliations

2006 - 2012: Member, Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, Board of Directors
2008 - Present: Vice-President, Michigan Public Health Institute, Board of Directors
2002 - 2008: Member, Chair, Association of University Programs in Health Administration, Board of Directors