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Behavioral Economics Research Scientist 2



Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2024

Become a part of our caring community and help us put health first

Humana’s Behavioral Economics Team is seeking a Research Scientist (Remote) to support our work developing measurement strategies across the enterprise. Our team enables business partners to improve outcomes and lower costs for millions of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, using strategic and rigorous test & learn approaches to answer high-priority business questions.

Location: remote

In this multi-disciplinary team, you will have the opportunity to build your skill set in applied research, exploring a range of questions across clinical, operational, and member experience workstreams.

Study design support

· Conduct exploratory analyses on populations, trends, and clinical conditions

· Collect study design inputs, e.g. eligible population definition, engagement funnel, and baseline statistics

· Collaborate with test designers to support program evaluation using randomized controlled trials, propensity matching, difference-in-difference models, or other experimental/quasi-experimental methods.

o Coordinate with partner data science team to ensure data transfers are timely and accurate.

o Translate measurement/ study design needs to primary and secondary metrics

· Conduct literature reviews and intervention research to generate evidence-based view on appropriate assumptions underlying our test designs

Analytics & coding

· Identify, extract and prepare datasets using SAS/ SQL with ongoing curation/ modifications as needed

· Apply analytical expertise to create variables/features, design visuals and charts, and evaluate operational, claims and user behavior data using statistical languages (Python, R, or SAS)

· Develop models and/or rules using claims data, membership data, or other data sources to inform measurement strategy

Knowledge management and team learning

· Document up-to-date measurement approaches, including best practices for analyzing claims data (e.g., best practices for medication adherence measurement.)

o Coordinate with partners to record current Humana measurement practices.

o Summarize the latest literature on best practices in measurement.

o Present best practices at team meetings.

· Manage a code repository (emphasis on SAS) with codebooks from BE projects.

· Peer-review code for BE and Clinical Analytics teammates


· Collaborate effectively with data teams, analytic teams, finance teams, product owners, clinicians, informaticists, leaders, and other business partners

· Manage and prioritize your work so that you deliver quality analysis in a timely manner and communicate clear expectations with business partners.

Use your skills to make an impact

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree

  • 2+ years of experience with data querying and statistical analysis languages specific to SQL, SAS, and/or R/Python

  • Skills to create datasets and analytical variables from large and complex data environments by writing code in SQL, SAS, and R/Python

  • Familiarity with hypothesis testing, statistical methods, and/or comparative effectiveness study design and modeling techniques

  • Strong interest in healthcare and desire to make a positive impact on health outcomes.

  • Ability to work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team, to deliver quality analytical work, and communicate results and insights clearly to business partners.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in a quantitative discipline such as Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Economics, Statistics, Clinical Informatics, Public Health and/or related fields

  • Healthcare or managed care working experience

  • Applying research methods to transform high volumes of complex data into actionable insights.

  • Experience working with medical, pharmacy, and lab claims

  • Experience conducting simulations to inform power calculations or other aspects of measurement strategy

  • Demonstrated familiarity with clinical concepts related to a broad range of clinical conditions and disease states – experience with oncology, behavioral health and chronic conditions would be particularly valuable

Additional Information

To ensure Home or Hybrid Home/Office employees’ ability to work effectively, the self-provided internet service of Home or Hybrid Home/Office employees must meet the following criteria:

At minimum, a download speed of 25 Mbps and an upload speed of 10 Mbps is recommended; wireless, wired cable or DSL connection is suggested
Satellite, cellular and microwave connection can be used only if approved by leadership
Employees who live and work from Home in the state of California, Illinois, Montana, or South Dakota will be provided a bi-weekly payment for their internet expense.

Humana will provide Home or Hybrid Home/Office employees with telephone equipment appropriate to meet the business requirements for their position/job.
Work from a dedicated space lacking ongoing interruptions to protect member PHI / HIPAA information.

Humana values personal identity protection. Please be aware that applicants may be asked to provide their Social Security Number, if it is not already on file. When required, an email will be sent from [email protected] with instructions on how to add the information into your official application on Humana’s secure website.

Scheduled Weekly Hours


Pay Range

The compensation range below reflects a good faith estimate of starting base pay for full time (40 hours per week) employment at the time of posting. The pay range may be higher or lower based on geographic location and individual pay will vary based on demonstrated job related skills, knowledge, experience, education, certifications, etc.

$69,800 - $96,200 per year

This job is eligible for a bonus incentive plan. This incentive opportunity is based upon company and/or individual performance.

Description of Benefits

Humana, Inc. and its affiliated subsidiaries (collectively, “Humana”) offers competitive benefits that support whole-person well-being. Associate benefits are designed to encourage personal wellness and smart healthcare decisions for you and your family while also knowing your life extends outside of work. Among our benefits, Humana provides medical, dental and vision benefits, 401(k) retirement savings plan, time off (including paid time off, company and personal holidays, volunteer time off, paid parental and caregiver leave), short-term and long-term disability, life insurance and many other opportunities.

About us

Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) is committed to putting health first – for our teammates, our customers and our company. Through our Humana insurance services and CenterWell healthcare services, we make it easier for the millions of people we serve to achieve their best health – delivering the care and service they need, when they need it. These efforts are leading to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, Medicaid, families, individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large.

Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of Humana not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability or because he or she is a protected veteran. It is also the policy of Humana to take affirmative action to employ and to advance in employment, all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status, and to base all employment decisions only on valid job requirements. This policy shall apply to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, upgrading, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, recall, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation and selection for training, including apprenticeship, at all levels of employment.