In the UW Master of Health Administration program, you'll learn from a diverse faculty with a rich blend of expertise and experience and a strong commitment to innovation.
Courses are taught by professors and researchers from the UW, as well as local industry professionals who have experience leading health care organizations.
The MHA faculty includes leaders in health administration research who are investigating areas such as clinical processes, health systems, health care finance and delivery, risk and insurance, and health care policy.
Sarah Cave is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services specializing in health care management and strategy. She has 15 years of experience in health care administration, including stints at ECG Management Consultants, Providence Health & Services and PeaceHealth. A graduate of the UW MHA program, Cave returned to the School of Public Health in 2014 as the chief operating officer, responsible for human resources administration, facilities and space management, strategic planning and other operations.
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Douglas Conrad is a professor in the Department of Health Services. His research interests include vertical integration in health services, integrated health systems and the impact of financial incentives on physician behavior. Conrad serves on the board of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange.
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William Dowling is a professor and former chair of the Department of Health Services. Before becoming department chair, Dowling was vice president for planning and development for Providence Health & Services and served as the director of the MHA program. His main interests include the strategic and structural responses of health care organizations; management practice in health care organizations; physicians in management and leadership roles; the medical home model of primary care; and rural health care.
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Raghu Durvasula is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology and an associate medical director at UW Medical Center. At the UWMC, he is involved in a variety of process improvement initiatives to improve health care delivery and the patient experience.
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Paul Fishman is an affiliate associate professor in the Department of Health Services and scientific investigator at Group Health Cooperative. His recent research involves estimating the cost of chronic illness and health behaviors such as smoking cessation.
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Phillip Haas is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Services and a member of the board of trustees at Group Health Cooperative. Previously, he was network market head for Aetna, administrator of payer relations for Valley Medical Center, executive director of Virginia Mason Health Plan and president/CEO of First Choice Health Network. His areas of academic interest include health insurance, health care finance, managed care and comparative health systems.
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Jeffrey Harris is a professor and chair in the Department of Health Services and the director of the UW Health Promotion Research Center. Prior to joining the UW, Harris worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 20 years. His research focuses on healthy aging, community-based prevention of chronic diseases and dissemination and adoption of best practices.
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Joe Heim, a joint professor in the Department of Health Services and associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, is the director of the ISE Health Systems Engineering Center. Previously, he has held executive and senior management positions in software product development, supply chain planning and analysis, materials procurement, market research, sales and operations planning and business analytics.
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Larry Kessler is a professor of the Department of Health Services. Kessler previously served as the director of the Office of Surveillance and Biometrics at the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. His research interests revolve around cost effectiveness and diagnostic value of medical technology in screening for cancer and other disease.
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Branko Kopjar is an associate professor in the Department of Health Services and the director of the Executive Master of Public Health program. He is also director of the Clinical Research Center (International Division) at Chongqing University in China. Kopjar’s research and academic focus is on evidence-based health policy, clinical epidemiology and health outcomes. He has authored or co-authored over 400 scientific publications.
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Cynthia LeRouge is an associate professor in the Department of Health Services and director of the UW site of the Center for Health Organization Transformation. CHOT is an industry-university cooperative research center funded by the National Science Foundation and health organizations and designed to spur major management, clinical, and information technology innovations in health care. LeRouge’s specializes in the study of health information systems, particularly in the areas of telemedicine, consumer health informatics and public health informatics. She has authored or edited more than 75 publications, including articles on telemedicine and consumer health technologies. She is currently co-editor in chief of Health Systems journal.
Christina Mastrangelo is an associate professor in the Department of Industrial Systems & Engineering and a joint professor in the Department of Health Services. Mastrangelo's primary research fields are systems engineering, quality engineering and empirical stochastic modeling. Her research interests include the areas of operational modeling for semiconductor manufacturing, system-level modeling for infectious disease control, multivariate quality control, statistical monitoring methods for continuous and batch processing and multi-response modeling.
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Daniel Merlino is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Services and a consultant at ECG Management Consultants, which specializes in the business and strategy of health care organizations. His research interests include organizational structures and provider alignments within health care.
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Kurt O’Brien is a senior lecturer with the Department of Health Services specializing in the areas of leadership development and coaching, interpersonal skills development, team development, strategic planning and conflict resolution. He designs and conducts workshops on topics such as dialogue, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, influencing change, and TeamSTEPPS.
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Miruna Petrescu-Prahova is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Services and an investigator at the Health Promotion Research Center, which conducts research to promote the health and well-being of middle-aged and older adults. Petrescu-Prahova’s research interests include healthy aging, social networks and the social determinants of health.
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Sallie T. Sanford is an associate professor in the UW School of Law and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Health Services. Her research interests focus on health reform, health care delivery systems, health administration law, Medicare and Medicaid, comparative health law and medical and administrative ethics. Sanford previously worked as a legal representative for the University of Washington Health Sciences, including the UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. She is the past president of the Washington State Society of Heatlhcare Attorneys.
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Jeff Sconyers is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services with research interests that include community emergency preparedness and response, and institutional conflicts of interest. He previously spent 21 years as senior vice president and general counsel at Seattle Children's Hospital. Sconyers is a frequent speaker on topics such as legal ethics and public health law. He is former chair of the advisory commission on childhood vaccines under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well as chair of the board of the Northwest Healthcare Response Network.
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Connor Shea is a clinical instructor in the Department of Health Services and a senior Lean consultant at Group Health. At Group Health, he works on initiatives to increase efficiency and patient satisfaction. He has partnered with hundreds of teams throughout the organization to improve patient and business objectives, including successfully leading an effort to improve revenue cycle management and increasing access to a physical therapy clinic without adding additional resources.
Dennis Stillman is senior lecturer and program director of the MHA programs at the Department of Health Services. He earned a BA in Business from the University of Puget Sound and an MHA from UW in 1979. In 2012 he was awarded Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Puget Sound School of Business and Leadership.
Stillman began his health care career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Brazil. He has 16 years of teaching experience in accounting and financial management at UW. Prior to becoming a faculty member and establishing a consulting practice Stillman worked in health care organizations for 20 years, including 11 years as the CFO for the UW Medical Center. He is active in the Washington/Alaska Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and achieved Fellowship status in 1991.
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Edward Walker, a professor in the Department of Health Services, served as the chief medical officer for the University of Washington Medical Center from 2002 to 2008. He is nationally recognized as a coach and professional development leader for physicians and other senior health care leaders. He is also a respected authority on improving quality measures and leading change in medical institutions. His research interests include health care quality and leadership development and the integration of mental health into primary and specialty care medical settings.
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William Welton is director of the Executive MHA program and a principal lecturer in the Department of Health Services. Prior to joining the UW faculty, Welton founded the School of Public Health at MCP Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and served in a variety of senior management and leadership roles in several of the nation's leading health systems and academic medical centers. His research interests include management and leadership of health care organizations, systems and health policy analysis, and organization of health care markets and their relationship to overall per capita costs.
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Suzanne Wood, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Services, has expertise in health administration and strategic management. A lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, she has over 20 years of military experience, most recently as an officer in the Navy’s Medical Service Corps. Wood has served as a consultant for strategic planning initiatives of several health-related military organizations. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and of the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.
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