Health Care Organization & Policy

Academic Department

People

Faculty Administrative Position

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    David Becker, Vice Chairperson 2015 -

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    Martha Wingate, Vice Chairperson 2017 -

    Dr. Martha S. Wingate (DrPH, MPH, UAB; BS, Birmingham-Southern College) is a Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy. She teaches courses in public health systems, maternal and child health, leadership, and perinatal health issues. Dr. Wingate serves as the Director of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Policy and Leadership Concentration. She also serves as the Director of the HRSA-funded Center of Excellence in MCH Education, Science, and Practice.

    She has ...

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    Martha Wingate, Interim Department Chairperson 2018 -

    Dr. Martha S. Wingate (DrPH, MPH, UAB; BS, Birmingham-Southern College) is a Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy. She teaches courses in public health systems, maternal and child health, leadership, and perinatal health issues. Dr. Wingate serves as the Director of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Policy and Leadership Concentration. She also serves as the Director of the HRSA-funded Center of Excellence in MCH Education, Science, and Practice.

    She has ...

  • Faculty Position

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    Amy Chatham, Instructor (P) 2014 -

    Serves as the Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

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    Andrew Rucks, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2020 -

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    Andrzej Kulczycki Ph.D., Associate Professor (P) 2009 -

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    Bisakha Sen, Professor (P) 2002 -

    Dr Bisakha (Pia) Sen is tenured Professor and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Endowed Chair in Health Economics. Her primary interest is investigating the determinants of health for vulnerable populations, with a focus on the role of policy and interventions at institutional, state and federal levels. Particularly, she has developed an extensive research agenda focusing on health outcomes among Alabama residents, with funding support from Alabama Medicaid and Alabama Children's Health Insurance Progr...

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    Cynthia Mwenja, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P) 2017 -

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    David Becker, Associate Professor (P) 2005 -

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    Donald Kern, Professor - Adjunct (P) 2009 -

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    Elizabeth Elliott, Professor - Adjunct (P) 2016 -

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    Eric Ford, Professor (P) 2017 -

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    Henna Budhwani, Assistant Professor (P) 2013 -

    I am a social scientist who conducts studies to better understand (and address) the causes and consequences of health disparities among underserved - often stigmatized - populations that are at high-risk for experiencing adverse health outcomes in resource-constrained global and domestic settings. My research is intersectional, informed by sociological constructs, guided by human rights frameworks, and adopting a multidimensional view of how to address public health and clinical care gaps. I hav...

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    Janet Bronstein, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2016 -

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    Janet Turan, Professor (P) 2011 -

    Dr. Janet Turan is a Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the UAB School of Public Health. Dr. Turan's main research interests are in the topic area of maternal and child health (MCH) in low-resource settings of both developing and developed countries. Over the course of her research career, she has used both quantitative and qualitative research methods to examine factors related to the promotion of MCH in diverse settings including Turkey, Jordan, Italy, Eritr...

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    Jessica Chambliss, Assistant Professor (P) 2020 -

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    Joshua Klapow, Associate Professor - Adjunct (P) 2018 -

    Joshua C. Klapow is a licensed clinical psychologist and Chief Behavioral Scientist for ChipRewards, a health engagement technology company. He is also an Associate Professor of Public Health at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Klapow is the author of more than 100 professional articles, abstracts, and book chapters in the area of behavioral medicine and health psychology. Dr. Klapow is also the author of “Living SMART: 5 Essential Skills to Change Your Health Habits Forever” a con...

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    Julie Preskitt, Associate Professor (P) 2010 -

    Julie Preskitt, MSOT, MPH, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Maternal and Child Health Concentration, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health (UAB-SOPH). Dr. Preskitt holds a PhD in public administration and public policy at Auburn University; a master’s of public health in maternal and child health from UAB-SOPH; and a master’s of science in occupational therapy from UAB School of Health Professions. Prior to jo...

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    Kari White, Associate Professor - Adjunct (P) 2019 -

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    Kathleen Donnelly-Bensalah, Professor - Adjunct (P) 2016 -

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    Kathleen Gallagher, Instructor - Adjunct (P) 2019 -

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    Kaylee Crockett, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Leonard Nelson III, Professor - Adjunct (P) 2013 -

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    Lisle Hites PhD, MEd, MS, Associate Professor (P) 2010 -

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    Martha Wingate, Professor (P) 2005 -

    Dr. Martha S. Wingate (DrPH, MPH, UAB; BS, Birmingham-Southern College) is a Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy. She teaches courses in public health systems, maternal and child health, leadership, and perinatal health issues. Dr. Wingate serves as the Director of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Policy and Leadership Concentration. She also serves as the Director of the HRSA-funded Center of Excellence in MCH Education, Science, and Practice.

    She has ...

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    Matthew Fifolt, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

    Matthew Fifolt, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Dr. Fifolt is Principal Investigator for the Alabama Statewide Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program; Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention (NEPQR) Program; Alabama Child Health Improvement Alliance (ACHIA); and the Alabama Center for Improving Health of People with Disabilities. Additionally, Dr. Fifolt serve...

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    Max Michael III, Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Meredith Gartin, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

    Dr. Meredith Gartin is an Assistant Professor of Global Health in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the UAB School of Public Health. Dr. Gartin’s main area of expertise focuses on global environmental health and urbanization, with a particular focus on vulnerabilities related to food and water. Dr. Gartin is especially interested in how global and local processes of climate change converge on human health and development issues, like food security, water resources, human ...

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    Michael Morrisey, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2014 -

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    Paul Erwin, Professor (P) 2018 -

    Paul Campbell Erwin, MD, DrPH is Dean of the UAB School of Public Health and Professor in Health Care Organization and Policy. Erwin earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of the South (Sewanee), his medical degree from the UAB School of Medicine, a master’s in public health from John Hopkins University and a doctorate in public health from the University of North Carolina. He is certified in internal medicine, public health and preventive medicine, and a leader in establishing formal ...

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    Peter Ginter, Professor (P) 1997 -

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    Ruoyan Sun, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Russell Kirby, Professor - Adjunct (P) 2009 -

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    Sara Davis, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P) 2017 -

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    Sibylle Kristensen, Professor - Adjunct (P) 2016 -

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    Stephen Mennemeyer, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2017 -

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    Valerie Yeager, Instructor - Research (P) 2011 -

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    Van T. Nghiem, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

    I am a Health Decision Scientist excited by examining health outcomes, access to care, and value-based health care delivery research. My methods interests include decision science, mathematical modeling, economic evaluation and critical appraisal of clinical trials.

    I was lucky enough to have had a rewarding public health career spanning from field work to desk-based research. In Vietnam, I was an HIV prevention program officer at Abt Associates helping neglected but at high-risk female...

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    W Duncan, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2008 -

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    Allyson Hall, Professor (S) 2015 -

    I am a professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and I teach health policy to graduate students. In August 2018 I became program director for our graduate programs in health care quality and safety. My research focuses on health care access and utilization among vulnerable populations, including individuals living with a disability. A recent emphasis of my work is in improving the transition of care from hospital to home and re...

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    Christy Lemak, Professor (S) 2015 -

    Christy Harris Lemak, PhD, FACHE is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Services Administration. Christy teaches and conducts research in the areas of health care management and leadership development, with an emphasis on how leadership and organizational factors are associated with high performance. She has examined a complex pay-for-value program for physicians, social determinants of health for vulnerable populations, interventions to improve population health, and the career tra...

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    Kelley Swatzell, Associate Professor (S) 2019 -

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    Kristine Hearld, Assistant Professor (S) 2014 -

    Kristine Ria Hearld, Ph.D., is currently an associate professor in the UAB Department of Health Services Administration. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Anthropology, an M.A. in Demography, and a Ph.D. in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania. Ria also holds a Masters of Philosophy degree from University of Cambridge. Prior to joining UAB, she worked for Medical Advantage Group in East Lansing, Michigan, where she served as a consultant and manager for a 200-member indepe...

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    Maria Pisu Ph.D., Associate Professor (S) 2018 -

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    Nataliya Ivankova PhD, Associate Professor (S) 2008 -

    Nataliya V. Ivankova, PhD, MPH, is Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration with a dual appointment in the School of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She received her PhD in Administration, Curriculum, and Instruction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 2004 and MPH in Epidemiology from UAB in 2014. During her doctoral studies at UNL, she worked as Research Associate and Research Projects Coordinator in the Office of Qualitative and Mixe...

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    S Hernandez, Assistant Professor (S) 1982 -

    S. Robert Hernandez is Distinguished Service Professor and Director of the UAB Executive Doctoral Program in Healthcare Leadership. He is also Senior Associate Chair for Global Health and is founding Director of the International Executive Masters of Science in Health Administration Program.

    Internationally, he served on the Board of Directors of the European Academy of Management (EURAM) from 2012 to 2018 and has chaired the EURAM Healthcare Management Research Track since 2008. H...

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    Tapan Mehta, Assistant Professor (S) 2013 -

    Dr. Mehta is an obesity researcher and a data scientist with several years of experience in biostatistics and data mining. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and his training included PhD in Biostatistics and Masters in Electrical Engineering. He directs the statistical analysis and design core of the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative, a collaboration between UAB School of Health Profession and Lake...

  • Non-faculty Academic Position

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    April Rogers, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Kunal Patel, Credentialed Course Instructor 2017 -

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    Nour Kattih, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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