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Nova Yang, MSPH

Associate Scientist
Health Services Research

Asian woman, long-dark brown hair, white earring, black sleeveless top

Why I Joined ACS

The American Cancer Society influences cancer research across the world with knowledge that’s invaluable to the entire cancer industry. Drugs in the pipeline and treatments waiting for approval cannot be accessed by providers, payers, or patients without the contribution of surveillance and health equity research from the ACS.”

At ACS since 2022

Nova Yang, MSPH, is an associate scientist in the Health Services Research team within Surveillance & Health Equity Science at the American Cancer Society (ACS).  

She studies the direct and indirect effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on overall cancer care and especially on treatment.  

She also studies the barriers that keep cancer survivors from using health care resources, investigating the availability and use of telehealth, insurance status, and demographic factors.

Research focus and accomplishments

Before joining ACS, my research focused on rare diseases and orphan drug policies. I’ve noticed the huge unmet need and disease burden of rare cancer patients and their care givers. That piqued my interest in cancer drug accessibility and affordability, the economic burden among cancer patients and caregivers, and health policies aiming to bridge the gap. 


Work before ACS

  • Evidera PPD, Evidence Synthesis Intern, 2022 
  • Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2021 
  • Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, Global Health Economics and Outcomes Research Intern, 2020  


  • Master of Science in Public Health, MSPH, Health Policy and Health Services Research, Emory University, 2020-2022
  • Bachelor of Economics, BE, Pharmacoeconomics, China Pharmaceutical University, 2016-2020

Personal life 

I am a part-time ballet dancer.