Spring 2017

State Health Leaders To Teach Health Policy Course

8 Jun 2017


The Online Executive MPH program is delighted to announce new co-instructors for HSERV 559 Health Policy: Dr. Dan Lessler and Mary Fliss. Both are on the leadership team of the Washington Health Care Authority (HCA). 

Dr. Lessler has been HCA’s chief medical officer since 2013, and Mary Fliss is an executive leader in HCA’s Clinical Quality and Care Transformation division. They will bring to the course their experience and expertise with Healthier Washington, the state's initiative to deliver better more affordable health care and improve the health of Washington's population. 

Welcome aboard, Dan and Mary! And many thanks to our outgoing HSERV 559 instructor Patricia Lichiello, who was recognized for her teaching excellence this past winter quarter.

EMPH Faculty Teaching in Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute

2 Jun 2017


Online Executive MPH faculty members Gita Krishnaswamy and Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett are teaching in the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute, whose first onsite for the 2017 cohort started May 1-3. 
Read more about the Institute here.

Alumni Survey - Preliminary Results

12 May 2017

The Online Executive MPH program is conducting a survey of our alumni careers. Nearly 1/3 of our 638 alumni have responded to our survey thus far, with some exciting results:

  • Among job-seekers, 97% are employed
  • We are doing a great job serving the state of Washington – 53% of alumni respondents (N = 91) live in WA, with 21% (N = 37) right here in Seattle
  • Other common locations for alumni include Oregon; California; Vancouver, BC; Alaska; Georgia; & Montana
  • Our alumni are employed in diverse healthcare organizations, nonprofits, colleges and universities, & private sector companies
  • Common professional titles among our alumni include Director, Physician, Professor, Program Manager, Epidemiologist, & Consultant
  • Our alumni report that their MPH training has been very valuable in their careers overall, especially biostatistics, epidemiology, & program planning and evaluation 
  • Alumni also had some great suggestions for ways to strengthen the program and curriculum.

Thank you to everyone who has responded thus far!

Dr. Stephen Bezruchka Delivers First Annual Gelfand Lecture at UW

4 May 2017

Online Executive MPH faculty member Dr. Stephen Bezruchka delivered the First Annual Gelfand Lecture at UW on May 4, 2017. The title of his lecture was "Health and Healthcare: What's the Difference?"

We in the United States spend over half of the world's health care bill yet die younger than people in over thirty other countries. Medical care turns out to be a relatively small determinant of health of societies. Attention to early life when perhaps half of our health as adults is programmed matters, as does socioeconomic status and economic inequality. Medical doctors need to understand population health and treat sick societies as well as sick people.

View Dr. Bezruchka's talk here.

Which Degree Is Right for Me? 5/4/17 Event

4 May 2017

Which Public Health Graduate Degree

Is Right for Me?

Date: 5/4/17, 5:30-7:30pm

Location: South Campus Center, Room 303

Learn more about Health Services graduate programs from current students in the following programs:

Join us for a panel followed by small group break-out sessions. Pizza will be served.

Please follow this link to RSVP. 

Alum Nathan Mork Leads Prevention of Dental Decay in Native American Children

26 Apr 2017

Online Executive MPH alumnus Nathan Mork ('11) is a dentist who is leading the prevention of dental decay in American Indian children across the country through the U.S. government’s Indian Health Service. Check out his recent blog post here.


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