Public Health

Erika Ziller Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Public Health
Erika Ziller

Office Location

409 Wishcamper Center


(207) 780-4615

Academic Degrees

  • University of Southern Maine, BA Social Work, 1994
  • University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, MS Health Policy, 1998
  • University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Ph.D, 2012


Education: University of Southern Maine, BA Social Work, 1994; University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, MS Health Policy, 1998; Ph.D, 2012.

Areas of Expertise: health insurance coverage, the uninsured, children's health, rural health.

Research Interests

Policy options for covering the uninsured, dynamics of health insurance coverage, individual health insurance, access to health care services for vulnerable populations (low-income individuals, children, rural residents).

Dr. Ziller is committed to policy-informed research aimed at reducing health disparities for vulnerable populations, particularly rural residents. She has directed numerous studies on rural health access, coverage, and health reform, including a recent analysis of the rural implications of the ACA Medicaid Expansion.  In 2011, Dr. Ziller received the Louis Gorin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rural Health Care from the National Rural Health Association in recognition of her contributions to rural health policy. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Rural Health.

Dr. Ziller teaches courses on health policy and health economics in the Public Health graduate program at the USM Muskie School of Public Service.

Recent Publications

Most recent first

Talbot, J. A., Ziller, E. C. and Szlosek, D. A. (2016). Mental Health First Aid in Rural Communities: Appropriateness and Outcomes. The Journal of Rural Health. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12173

Ziller, E., Lenardson, J., & Coburn, A. (2015). Rural implications of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Minneapolis, MN: State Health Access Reform Evaluation.

Kilbreth, E., & Ziller, E. (2014). Children's health policy: Promising starts, disappointing outcomes. In J. A. Morone & D. Ehlke (Eds.), Health politics and policy (5th ed.). Independence, KY: Cengage Learning.

Ziller, E. C. (2014). Access to medical care in rural America. In J. C. Warren & K. B. Smiley (Eds.), Rural public health: Best practices and preventive models (pp. 11-28). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Talbot, J. A., Coburn, A. F., Ziller, E., & Croll, Z. (2013). Rural considerations in establishing network adequacy standards for qualified health plans in state health insurance exchanges. Journal of Rural Health. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12012

Ziller, E. C., Lenardson, J. D., & Coburn, A. F. (2012). Health care access and use among the rural uninsured. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 23(3), 1327-1345. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2012.0100

Ziller, E. C., Anderson, N. J., & Coburn, A. F. (2010). Access to rural mental health services: Service use and out-of-pocket costs. Journal of Rural Health, 26(3), 214-224.

Thomas, J. W., Ziller, E. C., & Thayer, D. (2010). Low costs of defensive medicine, small savings from tort reform. Health Affairs, 29(9), 1578-1584.

Yousefian, A., Ziller, E., Swartz, J., & Hartley, D. (2009). Active living for rural youth: Addressing physical inactivity in rural communities. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: Special Issue on Rural Public Health, 15(3), 223-231.

Ziller, E. C., Coburn, A. F., Anderson, N. J., & Loux, S. L. (2008). Uninsured rural families. Journal of Rural Health, 24(1), 1-11.

Hartley, D., Ziller, E., Loux, S., Gale, J., Lambert, D., & Yousefian, A. E. (2007). Use of critical access hospital emergency rooms by patients with mental health symptoms. Journal of Rural Health, 23(2), 108-115.

Ziller, E. C., Coburn, A. F., & Yousefian, A. E. (2006). Out-of-pocket health spending and the rural underinsured. Health Affairs, 25(6), 1688-1699.