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Mac McCullough

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Assoc Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9020

Mac McCullough's research involves quantifying investments in public health and social services and assessing how these investments are put to use in order to improve population health. He recently led the development of a new data source to track spending on health and social services at the local level and has used these data to explore how communities' spending can influence its health outcomes and rankings.

McCullough has served as health economist at the Maricopa County Department of Public Health since 2014. He is a member of the Arizona Public Health Association's Board of Directors. He was recently named as a '40 Under 40' honoree by the de Beaumont Foundation and was awarded the 2018-19 ASU Science of Health Care Delivery Educator of the Year award. He served as deputy director of the RWJF-funded National Safety Net Advancement Center from 2015-2020 and was chair of the AcademyHealth Public Health Systems Research interest group from 2017-2019. Prior to entering academia, he worked at the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Department of State.

  • Ph.D. Health Services, UCLA
  • M.P.H. Public Health Policy, University of Minnesota
  • B.S. Foreign Service, Georgetown University


Research Activity: 

Selected current and recent extramural funding:

Principal Investigator

  • Physicians' Use, Exchange, and Evaluation of Electronic Health Data. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services via AHCCCS (2019-2021)
  • Investigating Waste in the U.S. Health Care System. Fielding Charitable Trust. (2018-2020)
  • Economic Analyses to Promote Public Health Department Efficiency. Maricopa County Department of Public Health. (2017-2022)
  • Connecting Local Governmental Finances to Local Health Outcomes in Texas. Texas Episcopal Health Foundation. (2017-2019)
  • Integrating Spending Data into the County Health Rankings: Barriers, Solutions, and Implications for Rankings.
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation via County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. (2017-2018)
  • County Health Rankings and Local Governmental Finances: Are Rankings Always Linked to Wealth. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation via County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. (2015-2016)

Co-Principal Investigator or Site PI

  • Positioning the National Safety Net Advancement Center for Sustainability. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2017-2020)
  • Analyzing state and local governmental health, public health, social and community service spending for system alignment to reduce health disparities. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation via Johns Hopkins University (2017-2019)


  • Advanced Methods to Facilitate Goal Alignment and Goal Attainment Among Multisector Stakeholders. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2018-2020)
  • Action Research Center for a Culture of Health: Financing and Service Delivery Integration. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2016-2018)
  • Accelerating Payment and Care Delivery Reform in the Safety Net: The National Safety Net Payment and Service Delivery Reform Center. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2015-2017)
  • Healthy Babies: Evaluation of State Policies to Limit Elective Induction of Labor. Medica Research Institute. (2014-2015)
  • Health Information Exchange in Small Primary Care Practices: Understanding and Eliminating the Disparity. UCLA Clinical & Translational Science Institute (2013-2014)
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
HCD 501Biostatistics &Data Management
HCD 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2021
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HCD 501Biostatistics &Data Management
Fall 2020
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HCD 303Global Health Care Systems
HCD 501Biostatistics &Data Management
Spring 2019
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HCD 501Biostatistics &Data Management
Fall 2018
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HCD 400Interpreting Scientific Lit
HCD 501Biostatistics &Data Management
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HCD 501Biostatistics &Data Management
Fall 2017
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HSC 420Eval Health Sci Res
HCD 493Honors Thesis
Spring 2017
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HCD 492Honors Directed Study
HCD 493Honors Thesis