Health Care Organization & Policy

Academic Department

People

Faculty Administrative Position

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    Bisakha Sen, Vice Chair for Research

    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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    David Becker, Vice Chairperson

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    Jessica Chambliss, Vice//r-

    As a strong advocate for public health, Dr. Chambliss values the support of populations to acquire the knowledge they need to maintain healthy lives physically, mentally, and emotionally. Her esearch interest primarily lies in adolescent sexual health, specifically among adolescent males; however, her passion expands to all social and public health practices. She finds great joy in helping students reach their full potential in the classroom, so they can make a difference in the world by buildin...

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    Julie Preskitt, Vice//r

    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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    Martha Wingate, Department Chairperson

    Dr. Martha S. Wingate (DrPH, MPH, UAB; BS, Birmingham-Southern College) is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Organization She teaches courses in public health systems, maternal and child health, leadership, and perinatal health issues. She has published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including American Journal of Public Health, Social Science and Medicine, and American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is co-author of a textbook on perinatal epidemiology. Her work...

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    Meredith Gartin, Co Director of Joint MS Degree Program

    Dr. Meredith Gartin is an Assistant Professor of Global Health in the Department of Health Policy and Organization 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 migra...

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    Andrew Rucks, Professor - Emeritus (P)

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

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    Anna Helova, Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor (P)

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    Anne Brisendine, Assistant Professor (P)

    Anne E. Brisendine, DrPH MPH CHES is an Assistant Professor of Public Health Practice in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health, and she serves as the Science Director of the Applied Evaluation and Assessment Collaborative. She received her DrPH and MPH degrees from the UAB School of Public Health before completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics and Department of Psychology as a L...

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    Bhekumusa Lukhele, Assistant Professor (P)

    Dr. Bhekumusa W Lukhele (Ph.D., MPH, Kyoto University; BNS, University of Eswatini) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Organization. Dr. Lukhele's teaching interests include Global Health, Global Health Governance, Infectious Diseases, and Innovations in the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases. He has been a teaching assistant at the School of Public Health at Kyoto University, under the Kyoto University Global Health Interdisciplinary Unit, and a volunta...

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    Bisakha Sen, Professor (P)

    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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    David Becker, Associate Professor (P)

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    Donald Kern, Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    Elizabeth Elliott, Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    Eric Ford, Professor (P)

    (Ph.D. – UAB; MPH – South Carolina; BS – Cornell School of Hotel Administration) Since 2017, Eric has been a Professor in the School of Public Health with a joint appointment in the Collat School of Business. Prior to that, he served as the Associate Chair and MHA Program Director in the Health Policy and Management Department in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Earlier positions include serving as the Forsyth Medical Center Distinguished Professor of Healthcare...

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    Henna Budhwani, Professor - Adjunct (P)

    Dr. Budhwani is an Adjunct Professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health (SOPH) Department of Health Policy and Organization, Visiting Professor in the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS), and Professor int the Florida State University (FSU) College of Nursing. Dr. Budhwani conducts studies to address the causes and consequences of health disparities among stigmatized populations that experience adverse hea...

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    Janet Bronstein, Professor - Emeritus (P)

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    Janet Turan, Professor (P)

    Dr. Janet M. Turan is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Organization at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health, Director of the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health, and Director of the Behavioral and Community Sciences Core of the UAB Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). She holds secondary appointments in Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology. Dr. Turan is a social and behavioral scientist with main research interests in the areas of sexual and repr...

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    Jessica Chambliss, Assistant Professor (P)

    As a strong advocate for public health, Dr. Chambliss values the support of populations to acquire the knowledge they need to maintain healthy lives physically, mentally, and emotionally. Her esearch interest primarily lies in adolescent sexual health, specifically among adolescent males; however, her passion expands to all social and public health practices. She finds great joy in helping students reach their full potential in the classroom, so they can make a difference in the world by buildin...

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    Joshua Klapow, Associate Professor - Adjunct (P)

    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)

    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)

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    Kathleen Donnelly-Bensalah, Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    Kathryn Corvey, Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor (P)

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    Leigh Robertson, Instructor (P)

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    Leonard Nelson III, Professor - Adjunct (P)

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

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    Martha Wingate, Professor (P)

    Dr. Martha S. Wingate (DrPH, MPH, UAB; BS, Birmingham-Southern College) is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Organization She teaches courses in public health systems, maternal and child health, leadership, and perinatal health issues. She has published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including American Journal of Public Health, Social Science and Medicine, and American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is co-author of a textbook on perinatal epidemiology. Her work...

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    Matthew Fifolt, Associate Professor (P)

    Matthew Fifolt, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Additionally, Dr. Fifolt serves as the Co-Director of the Survey Research Unit and Assistant Director of the Applied Evaluation and Assessment Collaborative. Dr. Fifolt is Principal Investigator of numerous state and federal grants and cooperative agreements including the Alabama Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFS...

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    Max Michael III, Professor (P)

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    Meredith Gartin, Assistant Professor (P)

    Dr. Meredith Gartin is an Assistant Professor of Global Health in the Department of Health Policy and Organization 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 migra...

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    Michael Morrisey, Professor - Emeritus (P)

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    Molly Richardson, Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor (P)

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    Paul Erwin, Professor (P)

    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)

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    Ruoyan Sun, Assistant Professor (P)

    Dr Sun is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Health Policy and Organization at UAB. She received her training in health economics and operations research/decision sciences. Dr Sun applies a variety of quantitative methods in her research, including agent-based modeling, econometric methods, social network analysis, mathematical modeling and optimal control, to study health behaviors and evaluate public health interventions. Her main research interests include tobacco control, youth el...

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    Russell Kirby, Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    Sibylle Kristensen, Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    Stephen Mennemeyer, Professor - Emeritus (P)

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    Valerie Yeager, Instructor - Research (P)

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    Van T. Nghiem, Assistant Professor (P)

    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)

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    William Beale, Assistant Professor - Visiting (P)

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    Allyson Hall, Professor (S)

    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. I also serve as a Co-Director for UAB's Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education

    My research focuses on health care access and utilization among vulnerable populations, including individuals living with a d...

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    Christy Lemak, Professor (S)

    Christy Harris Lemak, PhD, FACHE is Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration where she served as Chair from 2014-2022. 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 popula...

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    Kelley Swatzell, Associate Professor (S)

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    Kristine Hearld, Assistant Professor (S)

    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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    Lily Gutnik, Assistant Professor (S)

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

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    Nataliya Ivankova PhD, Associate Professor (S)

    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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    Ricardo Azziz, Professor (S)

    Ricardo Azziz is an internationally recognized physician, scientist, and executive. He served as CEO of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the largest multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of reproductive medicine worldwide; as Chief Officer, Academic Health & Hospital Affairs, and Director of the SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute, the State University of New York (SUNY), the largest university system in the nation; and as president...

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    S Hernandez, Assistant Professor (S)

    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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