Michelle J. Ko, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Managment



Health Policy

Locations and Contact

UC Davis

Public Health Sciences Pavilion Sports Clinic
Medical Sciences 1-C 750 Orchard Rd
Davis Davis, CA CA 95616 95616

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800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Ko's research examines how health policy, services and our social structure are interconnected, and particularly how structural and institutional racism shape health and healthcare systems. Her work has spanned a variety of topics, including the healthcare safety net, social structural inequities and impacts on aging, Medicaid, long-term care, access to healthcare for minority populations, diversity equity and inclusion in medical education, and the healthcare workforce. Dr. Ko also has a strong commitment to supporting the success of first-generation and other students from historically and structurally excluded groups to succeed in undergraduate and health professions education.


Health Policy and Management

Center/Program Affiliation

Public Health Sciences
Center for Healthcare Policy and Research

Undergraduate School

B.A., Biochemical Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge MA 1994

Medical School

M.D., Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program, Los Angeles CA 2004

Other School

Ph.D., Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Los Angeles CA 2012


Internal Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles CA 2004-2005


Philip R. Lee Health Institute for Health Policy Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC San Francisco, San Francisco CA 2013-2015

UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellowship for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, 2022

UC Davis Vice Chancellor’s Award for Innovation in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, 2017

Delta Omega Honor Society, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, 2012

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Pre-doctoral Training Fellowship, merit-based award for the top one/two students in the UCLA Department of Health Policy and Management 2006, 2007, 2012

UCLA Graduate Division University Fellowship, 2012

To view a detailed list of Dr. Ko's publications, please click here.

Ko M, Sanders C, de Guia S, Shimkhada R, Ponce NA. Managing Diversity To Eliminate Disparities: A Framework For Health. Health Aff (Millwood). 2018 Sep;37(9):1383-1393. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2018.0438. PMID:30179560.

Ko M, Newcomer RJ, Harrington C, Hulett D, Kang T, Bindman AB. Predictors of Nursing Facility Entry by Medicaid-Only Older Adults and Persons With Disabilities in California. Inquiry. 2018 Jan-Dec;55:46958018768316. doi:10.1177/0046958018768316. PMID:29633899.

Newcomer R, Harrington C, Hulett D, Kang T, Ko M, Bindman A. Health Care Use Before and After Entering Long-Term Services and Supports. J Appl Gerontol. 2018 Jan;37(1):26-40. doi:10.1177/0733464816641393. Epub 2016 Apr 17. PMID:27091879.

Ko M, Cummings JR, Ponce NA. Changes in the Supply of US Rural Health Centers, 2000-2011: Implications for Rural Minority Communities. J Rural Health. 2016 Jun;32(3):245-53. doi:10.1111/jrh.12147. Epub 2015 Sep 16. PMID:26376352.

Cummings JR, Allen L, Ko M, Bonney L, Hunter-Jones J, Cooper H. Changes in healthcare access and utilization among participants in a public housing relocation program in Atlanta, Georgia. Health Place. 2016 Nov;42:63-68. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2016.07.006. Epub 2016 Sep 27. PMID:27685005.

Raven MC, Kushel M, Ko MJ, Penko J, Bindman AB. The Effectiveness of Emergency Department Visit Reduction Programs: A Systematic Review. Ann Emerg Med. 2016 Oct;68(4):467-483.e15. doi:10.1016/j.annemergmed.2016.04.015. Epub 2016 Jun 8. PMID:27287549.

Cummings JR, Wen H, Ko M. Decline In Public Substance Use Disorder Treatment Centers Most Serious In Counties With High Shares Of Black Residents. Health Aff (Millwood). 2016 Jun 1;35(6):1036-44. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2015.1630. PMID:27269020.

Newcomer RJ, Ko M, Kang T, Harrington C, Hulett D, Bindman AB. Health Care Expenditures After Initiating Long-term Services and Supports in the Community Versus in a Nursing Facility. Med Care. 2016 Mar;54(3):221-8. doi:10.1097/MLR.0000000000000491. PMID:26759982.

Ko M, Murphy J, Bindman AB. Integrating Health Care for the Most Vulnerable: Bridging the Differences in Organizational Cultures Between US Hospitals and Community Health Centers. Am J Public Health. 2015 Nov;105 Suppl 5(Suppl 5):S676-9. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2015.302931. PMID:26509286.