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Dr. Jayani Jayawardhana is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky.  She is also jointly appointed as Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science in the College of Pharmacy.  

Dr. Jayawardhana's research primarily focuses on the intersection of public policy and substance use research. She has been published in Medical Care, Health Services Research, and American Journal of Public Health. 

She earned her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia.


  • PhD, Economics
    • University of Virginia
  • M.A., Economics
    • University of Virginia
  • B.A., Economics and Mathematics
    • Agnes Scott College

Research Interests

  • Health economics
  • Health policy
  • Pharmaceutical economics and policy
  • Economics of substance use
  • Big data/large claims data
  • Health disparities

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UK Cannabis Center awards 1st faculty pilot grants

New faculty Dr. Jayani Jayawardhana joins the HMP department

The University of Kentucky's College of Public Health welcomes Jayani Jayawardhana, Ph