Matthew A. Davis, MPH, PhD

Associate Professor of Learning Health Sciences
Associate Professor of Nursing
Accepting HILS PhD Students? Yes
Accepting PIBS Students? No


Dr. Davis is a health services researcher who has additional training in data science. He is an Associate Professor in the University of Michigan Medical School (Learning Health Sciences) and  the School of Nursing (Systems, Population, and Leadership).  His research focuses on leveraging large sources of data to study important policy-relevant issues. Dr. Davis has made several important contributions to a variety of areas including the identification of dietary sources of arsenic exposure in the US population, studying national use of health services over time for nonspecific back pain, and the development of methods to use social media data to measure social support and public opinion. A specific interest of his is the application of data mining methods to healthcare claims data. Funded by the NIH, his current work is investigating health service substitution for nonspecific back pain by conducting a natural experiment of Medicare patients. He received his Masters in Public Health from Dartmouth Medical School and his PhD in quantitative biomedical sciences from Dartmouth College.

Dr. Davis is the lead instructor for:

Areas of Interest

  • Population health
  • Data science
  • Health services research
  • Healthcare spending and utilization

Published Articles or Reviews

  • Naylor K, Anthopolos R, Tootoo J, Titler MG, Bynum JPW, Davis MA. Geographic variation in spatial accessibility of U.S. healthcare providers. PLoS ONE. 2019:14(4):e0215016. PMID: 30964933
  • Davis MA, Yakusheva O, Anthopolos R, Tootoo J, Titler MG, Bynum JPW. Access to chiropractic care and the cost of spine conditions among older adults. American Journal of Managed Care. 2019:25(8);e294-e300.
  • Harrison JM, Lagisetty P, Guo C, Site BD, Davis MA. Trends in prescription pain medications by race and ethnicity among adults who have non-cancer pain. American Journal of Public Health. 2018:108(6);788-90. PMID: 29672145
  • Davis MA, Anthopolos R, Tootoo J, Titler MG, Bynum JPW, Shipman SA. Supply of healthcare providers in relation to county socioeconomic and health status. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2018:33(4);412-14. PMID: 29362958
  • Davis MA, Guo C, Sol K, Langa KM, Nallamothu BK. Trends and disparities in the number of self-reported healthy older adults in the United States, 2000 to 2014. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2017:177(11):1683-1684. PMID: 28975206
  • Davis MA, Lin AL, Liu H, Sites BD. Prescription opioid use among adults with mental health disorders in the United States. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2017:30(4);407-417. PMID: 28720623
  • Davis MA, Zheng Y, Liu Y, Levy HG. Public response to Obamacare on Twitter. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2017:19(5);e167. PMID: 28550002
  • Davis MA, Nallamothu BK, Banerjee, M, Bynum JPW. Identification of four unique spending patterns among older adults in the last year of life challenges standard assumptions. Health Affairs. 2016:35(7);1316-1323. PMID: 27307350
  • Davis MA, Anthony DL, Pauls SD. Seeking and receiving social support on Facebook for surgery. Social Science & Medicine. 2015:131;40-47. PMID: 2575328
  • Davis MA, Bynum JP, Sirovich BE. Association between apple consumption and physician visits: Appealing the conventional wisdom that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2015:175(5);777-783. PMID: 25822137
  • Davis MA, Gilbert-Diamond D, Karagas MR, Li Z, Moore JH, Williams SM, Frost HR. A dietary-wide association study (DWAS) of environmental metal exposures in US children and adults. PLoS ONE. 2014:9(9);e104768. PMID: 25198543
  • Davis MA, Martin BI, Coulter ID, Weeks WB. US spending on complementary and alternative medicine during 2002-08 plateaued, suggesting role in reformed health system. Health Affairs. 2013:32(1);45-52. PMID: 23297270
  • Davis MA, Mackenzie TA, Cottingham KL, Gilbert-Diamond D, Punshon T, Karagas MR. Rice consumption and urinary arsenic concentrations in US children. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2012:120(10);1418-1424. PMID: 23008276
  • Davis MA, Onega TL, Weeks WB, Lurie JD. Where the United States spends its spine dollars: Expenditures on different ambulatory services for the management of back and neck conditions. Spine. 2012:37(19);1693-1701. PMID: 22433497
  • Davis MA, West AN, Weeks WB, Sirovich BE. Health behaviors and utilization among complementary and alternative medicine users for treatment versus health promotion. Health Services Research. 2011:46(5);1402-1416. PMID: 21554272
  • Davis MA. Posterior spinal fusion versus anterior/posterior spinal fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: A decision analysis. Spine. 2009:34(21);2318-2323. PMID: 19934812