Hyeyoung Oh Nelson
Director of Undergraduate Studies in Public Health • Assistant Professor
Health and Behavioral Sciences

Office location:
North Classroom 3031

Office hours:
Monday 11:00am-12:00pm 


Dr. Oh Nelson's research includes a book manuscript that ethnographically explores how Internal Medicine physicians encounter the realities of a highly commodified, bureaucratized and specialized healthcare system, where cost-cutting pressures, patient satisfaction, and litigation concerns are deeply salient. A second project examines maternal healthcare in the United States. The first stage is a historical exploration of the social conditions that have led to insufficiencies in maternal care (e.g., reliance on medical technologies in childbirth and the highly politicized nature of women’s bodies/childbirth). Her third project explores the experiences of racial and ethnic minorities accessing healthcare in the U.S.

Ph.D., Sociology, University of California–Los Angeles, 2014
M.A., Sociology, University of California–Los Angeles, 2009
B.A., Sociology, Princeton University, 2005

Nelson, H. O. 2022. Conflicted Care: Doctors Navigating Patient Welfare, Finances and Legal Risk. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press.

Nelson, H. O. and K. L. Spencer. 2021. "Sociological Contributions to Race and Health: Diversifying the Ontological and Methodological Agenda." Sociology of Health and IllnessSpecial Issue on Ethnicity.

Oh, H. 2017. 2017. "Resisting Throughput Pressures: Physicians’ and Patients’ Strategies to Manage Hospital Discharge." Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 58(1), 116-130.

Oh, H. 2014. Hospital Consultations and Jurisdiction Over Patients: Consequences for the Medical Profession, Sociology of Health and Illness, 36(4), 580-595. doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12087.

2001: Intro to Public Health

4099: Capstone Experience in Public Health