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Jan M. Eberth, PhD

Dr. Jan Eberth

Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy
Health Management and Policy
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PhD, Epidemiology, University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health
MSPH, Epidemiology, Texas A&M Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health
BS, Health Sciences, Clemson University


Dr. Eberth is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health. She is also a full member of the Cancer Risk & Control Research Program at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center - Jefferson Health.

Dr. Eberth's research focuses on identifying social and structural barriers to accessing high-quality healthcare in the U.S., particularly among rural and minoritized populations. Most of her work focuses on disparities in early detection and treatment for commonly diagnosed cancers including lung, breast, and colorectal cancer. Current research projects include an assessment of lung cancer screening pathways among patients seen in primary care clinics in Philadelphia, creation of small area estimates of lung cancer screening eligibility and uptake rates from population-based survey data, and a quality improvement project to enhance lung cancer screening programs throughout the South and Appalachia. Dr. Eberth’s scholarship has been published widely, including in Health Affairs, Cancer, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Preventive Medicine, Health Services Research, and Journal of Rural Health.

She is a Fellow and past President of the American College of Epidemiology, Vice-Chair of the National Lung Cancer Roundtable Provider Engagement and Outreach Task Group, and member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network’s Rural Cancer Workgroup. In addition, Dr. Eberth has a long history of policy engagement, providing scientific advisement and advocacy for the National Rural Health Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, and GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer.

Research Interests

  • Cancer Prevention
  • Health Equity
  • Health Policy
  • Health Services Research
  • Spatial Analysis and GIS


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  1. Bilenduke E, Wangen M, Brenner A, King J, Risendal B, Shannon J, Land SR, Zahnd WE, Anderson S, Eberth JM, Siegel L, Waters AR, Studts JL. Equitable implementation of lung cancer screening: avoiding its potential to mirror existing inequities among people who use tobacco. Cancer Causes and Control. Epub ahead of print on September 15, 2023. DOI: 10.1007/s10552-01790-z.
  2. Li Z, Merrell MA, Eberth JM, Wu D, Hung P. Successes and barriers of health information exchange participation across hospitals in South Carolina from 2014-2020: longitudinal observational study. JMIR Med Inform. 2023 Sep; 11:e40959. DOI: 10.2196/40959.
  3. Eberth JM, Gieske MR, Silvestri GA. Changing recommendations for lung cancer screening: National Lung Cancer Roundtable member perspectives. Cancer. Epub ahead of print on April 14, 2023. DOI: 10.1002/cncr.34798.
  4. Wahlen MM, Lizarraga IM, Kahl AR, Zahnd WE, Eberth JM, Overholser L, Askselson N, Hirschey R, Yeager K, Nash S, Engelbart JM, Charlton ME. Effect of rurality and travel distance on contralateral prophylactic mastectomy for unilateral breast cancer. Cancer Causes and Control. Epub ahead of print on April 25, 2023. DOI: 10.1007/S10552-023-01689-9.
  5. Gregory K, Zhao L, Felder TM., Clay-Gilmour A, Eberth JM, Murphy AE, Steck SE. Prevalence of Health Behaviors Among Cancer Survivors in the United States. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. 2023. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. Epub ahead of print on March 18, 2023. DOI: 10.1007/s11764-023-01347-8.
  6. Semprini JT, Biddell CB, Eberth JM, Charlton ME, Nash SH, Yeager KA, Evans D, Madhivanan P, Brandt HM, Askelson NM, Seaman AT, Zahnd WE. Measuring and addressing health equity: an assessment of cancer center designation reviews. Cancer Causes and Control. Epub ahead of print on March 20, 2023. DOI: 10.1007/s10552-023-01680-4.
  7. Zahnd WE, Silverman A, Self S, Hung P, Natafgi N, Adams SA, Merrell MM, Owens O, Crouch E, Eberth JM. The COVID-19 pandemic impact on independent and provider-based rural health clinics’ operations and cancer prevention and screening provision in the United States. Journal of Rural Health. Epub ahead of print on March 3, 2023. DOI: 10.1111/jrh.12753.
  8. Hirschey R, Rohweder C, Askelson N, Eberth JM, Haines H, Yeager K, Zahnd WE, Bea JW, Seaman AT, Guan Y, Farris PE, Adsul P. Prioritizing rural populations in state comprehensive cancer control plans: a qualitative assessment. Cancer Causes and Control. Epub ahead of print on February 25, 2023. DOI: 10.1007/s10552-023-01673-3.
  9. Shalowitz D, Hung P, Zahnd WE, Eberth JM. Pre-pandemic geographic access to hospital-based telehealth for cancer care in the United States. PLoS One. 2023;18(1):e0281071. DOI: 10.1471/journal.pone.0281071.
  10. Bell N, Hung P, Merrell MA, Crouch E, Eberth JM. Changes in access to community health services among rural areas affected and unaffected by hospital closures between 2006-2018: a comparative interrupted time series study. Journal of Rural Health. 2023;39(1):291-301. DOI: 10.1111/jrh.12691.
  11. Zahnd WE, Hung P, Shi SK, Zgodic A, Merrell MA, Crouch EL, Probst JC, Eberth JM. Availability of hospital-based cancer services before and after rural hospital closure, 2008-2017. Journal of Rural Health. Epub ahead of print on September 21, 2022. DOI: 10.1111/jrh.12716.
  12. Eberth JM, Zgodic A, Miller D, Wang S, Pelland S. Outcomes of shared decision making for low-dose screening for lung cancer in an academic medical center. Journal of Cancer Education. Epub ahead of print on April 30, 2022. DOI: 10.1007/s13187-022-02148-w.
  13. Yeager KA, Zahnd WE, Eberth JM, Vanderpool RC, Rohweder C, Teal R, Vu M, Stradtman L, Frost E, Trapl E, Koopman Gonzalez S, Vu T, Ko LK, Cole A, Farris PE, Shannon J, Askelson N, Seegmiller L, White A, Edward J, Davis M, Petermann V, Wheeler SB. Financial navigation: staff perspectives on patients’ financial burden of cancer care. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. Epub ahead of print on January 26, 2022. DOI: 10.1007/s11764-022-01175-2.
  14. Zahnd WE, Del Vechhio N, Askelson N, Eberth JM, Vanderpool RC, Overholser L, Madhivanan P, Hirschey R, Edward J. Definition and categorization of “rural” and assessment of access to care. Health Services Research. Epub ahead of print on February 11, 2022. DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.13951.
  15. Eberth JM, Hung P, Benavidez GA, Probst JC, Zahnd WE, McNatt MK, Toussaint E, Merrell MA, Crouch EL, Oyesode OJ, Yell N. The problem of the color line: spatial access to hospital services for minoritized racial/ethnic groups. Health Affairs. 2022;41(2):237-246. DOI: 10.1377/hlthaff.2021.01409.