Joel Hay is a professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Health Economics at the USC School of Pharmacy, with joint appointment the Department of Economics in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He is also a senior fellow in the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics and was founding chair of the former Department of Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy at the School of Pharmacy.
He serves as the USC project coordinator for the RAND Evidence-Based Medicine Practice Centers of Southern California, funded by the U.S. Agency for Health Research and Quality, and co-investigator at the USC Alzheimer Research Center, funded by the California Department of Health Services. He is a health economics research scholar at the UCLA Center for Vaccine Research and a founding executive board member of the American Society for Health Economics and of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Economics and Outcomes Research.
Hay was founding editor-in-chief of Value in Health, the peer-reviewed scientific journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, until 2003. This journal, started in 1998, became Medline-listed in 2002. Value in Health was ranked No. 1 in two categories for 2004 by the ISI Journal Citation Reports, with an impact factor of 3.657. Value in Health led all other journals listed both in the Health Care Sciences and Services category in the JCR Science edition and in the Health Policy & Services category in the JCR Social Sciences edition.
Hay has authored more than 600 peer-reviewed scientific articles, abstracts, editorials and reports in the fields of pharmaceutical economics, health economics, outcomes research, disease management, statistics, econometrics, epidemiology and healthcare.