Sean Sylvia is an Assistant Professor of health economics at UNC. His primary research interest is in the delivery of healthcare in China and other middle-income countries. Working with multidisciplinary teams of collaborators, he conducts large-scale population-based surveys and randomized trials to develop and test new approaches to provide healthcare to the poor and marginalized. His recent work focuses on the use of information technology to expand access to quality healthcare.

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  • Health systems in China and other middle-income countries
  • Mechanism design applications to healthcare delivery
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Economics of digital health
  • PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics (Development Economics), 2014

    University of Maryland, College Park

  • MS in Agricultural and Resource Economics, 2012

    University of Maryland, College Park

  • BS in Economics (Chinese minor), 2006

    University of Alabama

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(2023). Improving Cascade Outcomes for Active TB: A Global Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of TB Interventions. PLOS Medicine.

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(2023). Effect of the mHealth-supported Healthy Future Programme Delivered by Community Health Workers on Maternal and Child Health in Rural China: Study Protocol for a Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial. BMJ Open.

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(2022). Factors Influencing Adoption and Use of Telemedicine Services in Rural Areas of China: Mixed Methods Study. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance.

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(2022). Provider Competence in Hypertension Management and Challenges of the Rural Primary Healthcare System in Sichuan Province, China: A Study Based on Standardized Clinical Vignettes. BMC Health Services Research.

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(2022). Explaining the Declining Utilization of Village Clinics in Rural China over Time: A Decomposition Approach. Social Science & Medicine.