Xi Zhu

Dr. Xi Zhu, PhD, is an Associate Professor and the Paul Torrens Chair in Healthcare Management in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dr. Zhu received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on micro and macro organizational behaviors in healthcare delivery systems. Specifically, his work uses quantitative and qualitative methods to explore questions in three broad areas: 1) how team design, team process, and quality improvement activities in healthcare organizations affect care quality and safety; 2) how market and policy environments affect healthcare organizations’ structures, strategies, and efficiency; and 3) how changes (e.g., quality improvement initiatives, innovations) are implemented in healthcare organizations and what strategies may facilitate the change processes. Together, his research builds on organization, team, and implementation sciences to identify strategies and approaches for advancing patient care while improving micro and macro healthcare systems.

Center Affiliations


  • PhD, Sociology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • MS, Business Administration, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China
  • BS, Accounting/Applied Mathematics, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China

Areas of Interest

  • Team design, process, and effectiveness
  • Healthcare system transformation
  • Inter- and intra-organizational networks
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods

Selected Publications