Sandra Greene

Sandra B. Greene, DrPH

Professor of the Practice of Health Policy
Department of Health Policy and Management
Adjunct Associate Professor
Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, Eshelman School of Pharmacy
1101E McGavran-Greenberg Hall
CB #7411
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411


Dr. Greene holds a DrPH in biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is Professor of the Practice in Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

She teaches courses in research design and methodology for the DrPH program in Health Leadership. She also is a Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Program on Healthcare Finance at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.

Building on her expertise in health insurance claims data, acquired during her 23-year tenure as head of research and reporting for the State’s largest health insurance company, she developed the Carolina Cost and Quality Initiative. This is a collaborative effort between the university and owners of health insurance claims data in North Carolina. The purpose of this project is to make claims data available to university faculty and graduate students and to encourage its use for research.

On behalf of the State of North Carolina, she oversees the hospital discharge, emergency department and ambulatory surgery databases, and the use of these for research and health planning.

Her research interests include health insurance, the business case for quality, patient safety, managed care and health services research involving insurance claims data.

Research Activities

  • Health care utilization and cost trends
  • Physician profiling
  • Health insurance and managed care
  • Health care planning and certificate of need
  • Health care policy issues in North Carolina

Key Publications

Perceptions of Equipoise, Risk/Benefit Ratios, and ‘Otherwise Healthy Volunteers’ in the Context of Early-Phase HIV Cure Research in the United States – A Qualitative Inquiry. Dube K, Dee L, Evans D, Sylla L, Taylor J, Brown, B, Miller V, Corneli A, Skinner A, Greene S, Tucker JD, Rennie S. (2017). Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics.

Improving Access to Cancer Testing and Treatment in Kenya. Makau-Barasa LK, Greene S, Abinya Otiena NA, Wheeler S, Skinner A, Bennett AV. (2017). Journal of Global Oncology.

Reducing Public Health Risk During Disasters: Identifying Social Vulnerabilities. Wolkin, A., Patterson, J.R., Harris, S, Soler, E, Burrer, S., McGeehin, M,. Greene S.  (2015). Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. DOI 10.1515.

The Business Case for Pediatric Asthma Quality Improvement in Low-Income Populations: Examining a Provider-Based Pay-for-Reporting Intervention. Reiter, K.L., Lemos K.A., Williams, C.E., Esposito, D., and Greene, S.B.  (2015). International Journal for Quality in Health Care. doi: 10.1093/intqhc/mzv018.

Women’s intentions to self-collect samples for human papillomavirus testing in an organized cancer screening program. Smith, L.W., Khurshed F., van Niekerk DJ, Krajden M., Greene, S.B., Hobbs S., Coldman A.J., Franco E.L., and Ogilvie G.S. (2014). BMC Public Health, 10(14).

Patient-Centered Medical Homes and Oral Anticoagulation Therapy Initiation. Beadles, C.A., Hassmiller Lich, K., Viera, A.J., Greene, S.B., Brookhart, M.A., Weinberger, M. (2014). Medical Care Research Review, 71(2), 174-91.


  • BA, Mathematics, UNC-CH, 1971
  • MSPH, Biostatistics, UNC-CH, 1972
  • DrPH, Biostatistics, UNC-CH, 1977