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The University of Iowa College of Public Health is accepting applications for a full-time Professor/Associate Professor and Program Director to direct the 8th in the nation Master in Health Administration (MHA) program in the Department of Health Management and Policy.  The Director will be appointed in the tenure-track (preferred) or clinical-track dependent upon qualifications and will report to the Department Head.

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Candidate 1

Candidate 1

Mira Katz

Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion
College of Public Health
Ohio State University

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Campus Visit: Monday, Jan. 14 and Tuesday, Jan. 15

Seminar: 11 a.m. to noon, Monday, Jan. 14,

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Candidate 2

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Eric Walsh-Buhi

Professor and Head
Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science
San Diego State University

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Campus Visit: Thursday, Jan. 17 and Friday, Jan. 18

Seminar: 10 to 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 17,

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Candidate 3

Candidate 3

Jamie Studts

Department of Behavioral Health Science
College of Medicine
University of Kentucky

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Campus Visit: Thursday, Jan. 24 and Friday, Jan. 25

Seminar: 10 to 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 24,

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Position description

The University of Iowa, College of Public Health is accepting applications for a full-time Professor/Associate Professor and Program Director to direct the 8th in the nation Master in Health Administration (MHA) Program in the Department of Health Management and Policy. The Director will be appointed in the tenure-track (preferred) or clinical-track dependent upon qualifications and will report to the Department Head. Maintaining the strength and innovative spirit of the program, the MHA Program Director will:

Candidates must have a PhD, DrPH, DHA, DBA, or MD or equivalent degree in a related field and qualifications commensurate with an appointment as a tenure-track or clinical-track Associate or full Professor in our Department of Health Management and Policy. Successful tenure-track candidates must demonstrate academic experience in a health management and policy discipline relevant to public health; a record of research productivity, including extramural funding; teaching experience; leadership and administrative experience; evidence of collaborative efforts in the healthcare environment; a record of improving the health of the public; success or knowledge of effective strategies for working with and mentoring diverse faculty and students; and a commitment to promoting a diverse academic environment. Successful clinical-track candidates must demonstrate practical experience in a health management and policy discipline relevant to public health; teaching experience; leadership and administrative experience; a record of improving the health of the public; success or knowledge of the effective strategies for working with and mentoring diverse populations; and a commitment to promoting a diverse academic environment. Desirable qualities of the successful clinical-track candidate include a well-established research record.

The department offers a rich environment in interdisciplinary research and faculty engagement. HMP has 12 primary faculty serving as PI on over $23 million in research grants and contracts. The Department’s PhD, MHA, eMHA and MPH in Policy programs have an excellent history of recruiting, training, and placing graduates. Over 1,500 department alumni work in a wide variety of academic units, healthcare settings, and professional organizations nationally and internationally. The Department’s mission is to improve health and health services by preparing future leaders for, and advancing knowledge in, health management, policy, and research. HMP faculty, staff and students enjoy strong collaborative relationships with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, UI Healthcare, and the Iowa City VA Health Care System, as well as with other colleges, departments, and centers throughout the University and with other health care systems in Iowa and the region. The Department is home to multiple research centers and has research funding through NIH, AHRQ, HRSA, USDA, VA, and various foundations and corporate entities. Faculty also participate in consulting projects with agencies such as IMPAQ, Alabama Primary Health Care Association, State of Georgia and Abt Associates. Further information about the Department can be found at:

Candidates will submit applications online at jobs@uiowa73843. Inquiries regarding the position and/or referrals can be made to Dr. Thomas Vaughn, the Search Committee Chair, at Applications should include a letter outlining interest and relevant experience and curriculum vitae.

The University of Iowa is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is committed to recruiting and retaining the most talented and diverse faculty and staff, which involves providing opportunities for employees to “Build a Career | Build a Life.” For more information about local work/life resources, including dual-career support, please see:

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If you are interested in applying for the MHA Program Director and Professor/Associate Professor position, or would like to nominate someone for the position, or have other questions, please contact our search committee:

Candidates are invited to apply for the position directly by following the application process at the University of Iowa jobs website. All candidates will need to submit the following materials online:

The electronic application can be found at You must first create an account on the site, then refer to requisition #73843 to access the application.

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About our college

The University of Iowa College of Public Health (CPH) is one of the eleven colleges within the University of Iowa, a research-intensive public university and a member of the American Association of Universities. With a culture of inclusiveness and a motivation to excel, the university and CPH are dedicated to exploration, discovery, creation, and engagement.

Founded in 1999, the College of Public Health is the newest collegiate unit at the University of Iowa, and the only accredited school of public health in the state of Iowa.

The college is home to nearly 80 full-time faculty, more than 400 graduate students, and a new and growing undergraduate degree program. The CPH is composed of five departments: biostatistics, community and behavioral health, epidemiology, health management and policy, and occupational and environmental health.

The college takes pride in its multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to addressing public health challenges and training the next generation of public health leaders, educators, and researchers.

Health Management and Policy

Health care management is an extremely dynamic and rewarding profession. Individuals who work in this field are challenged to provide the highest quality, most effective health care services to the greatest number of people at the lowest cost. More specifically, Health Management and Policy is concerned with the management of health care organizations, formulation and implementation of health care policy, improving access to health care services, financing health care services, and evaluating the quality and outcomes of health care services.

Department of Health Management and Policy’s Mission
The Department’s mission is to improve health and health services by preparing future leaders for, and advancing knowledge in, health management, policy, and research.

Career Paths

A Health Management and Policy student can pursue a Masters degree in Health Administration (MHA), an Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA), a Masters degree in Public Health (MPH) with an emphasis in policy, or a Ph.D. in Health Services Research and Policy. Graduate education in health management and policy prepares individuals for careers in management, policy analysis and implementation, and research that focuses on the design, administration, management, and evaluation of health policies, programs, and services that are provided in a variety of settings:

  • Hospitals and Health Systems
  • Academic Medical Centers
  • Managed Care Organizations
  • Group Practices and Clinics
  • Consulting Firms
  • Health Insurance Organizations
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Research Institutes
  • Government Agencies
  • Health Care Technology Companies
  • Military Medical Administration
  • Foundations and Volunteer Organizations
  • Community Health Centers

As the health care system continues to grow and diversify, the demand for well-educated and highly skilled individuals will increase, and the challenges and opportunities associated with working in the health management and policy field will continue to provide a rewarding and stimulating professional life.


  • The college’s graduate level programs offer advanced study in public health as well as combined degree programs in business, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine.
  • The new bachelor’s degree program, which began admitting students in fall 2016, makes UI the first Iowa Regents institution to offer an undergraduate public health major in this rapidly growing discipline.
  • An innovative “undergrad-to-grad” (U2G) program allows incoming undergraduate students to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years, rather than the typical six years – saving students time, money, and expediting their pathway to a career in industry, policy, research, or public health administration.
  • Certificate programs, in areas such as Agricultural Safety and Health, Biostatistics, and Emerging Infectious Disease Epidemiology, provide focused curriculum to strengthen knowledge and skills in these disciplinary areas.
  • The CPH alumni body consists of more than 2,900 graduates who have made their marks across the globe, influencing policy, conducting research, guiding communities toward healthier outcomes, and training future public health educators and leaders. Alumni are involved in the college as mentors, lecturers, board members, practicum site hosts, and guests at special events.
  • The college provides a wide range of workforce development opportunities for the public health workforce. More than 19,000 individuals participated in the college’s continuing education programs in FY2016.

Collegiate Research

  • The college’s highly productive research enterprise is fueled by an entrepreneurial spirit and strong research infrastructure, including an array of well-establish and multi-disciplinary federal research centers, numerous pilot grant programs that nurture exploratory research, robust faculty mentoring initiatives, and a culture of collaboration.
  • College of Public Health faculty members secured $38.1 million in external funding for public health research in FY2017. In FY2017, CPH research productivity amounted to $482,090 in research dollars per faculty member.
  • Across all funding sources, public health investigators have a 45 percent success rate in securing new and competing awards (3-year average for the period ending June 2016). The success rate for only NIH new and competing awards is 41 percent.
  • The college’s research success occurs both through grants to individual investigators and through its 26 multi-disciplinary research centers. Examples of research innovation include:
    • Clinical Trials Research – The Clinical Trials Statistical Data Management Center is a national leader in providing statistical and data management support for large, multicenter clinical trials. The center serves as the national data coordinating center for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke’s NeuroNEXT initiative, an innovative partnership involving academic centers, industry, and private foundations working to speed development of promising treatments for people with neurological disorders.
    • Population-based Cancer Research – The State Health Registry of Iowa, the state of Iowa’s cancer registry for more than 40 years, is the gold standard for determining the burden of cancer on Iowans and assessing trends in cancer occurrence and survival. It is one of 14 population-based registries nationwide reporting data to the National Cancer Institute’s SEER program. Each year, the registry’s extensive data resources support dozens of cancer research, prevention, and educational activities, ranging from studies of agricultural exposures to pesticides to cancer cluster investigations.
    • Place-based research: The college’s Prevention Research Center for Rural Health, funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, collaborates closely with the southeast Iowa community of Ottumwa to conduct applied public health research addressing issues related to obesity.
    • Iowa Superfund Research Program – A recent five-year, $12 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will fund studies of the health effects of environmental pollutants, especially semi-volatile polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) found in water, former industrial sites, and the atmosphere. With this new grant, this program has received funding of approximately $40 million since 2005 for PCBs research as well as training support for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
    • Rural Policy Research – The Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis, a program within the CPH-based national Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI), provides timely analysis to federal and state health policy makers assessing the impact of health policy in America’s rural areas. Recent analyses include comparisons between rural and urban enrollment in health insurance marketplaces, the impact of health care reform on rural communities, telemedicine use, and the role of rural pharmacies in providing essential clinical services such as blood pressure monitoring, immunizations, and diabetes counseling.

Community Engagement

The college’s innovative community engagement activities reach people throughout all 99 of Iowa’s counties, across the United States, and around the globe. At the state level, programs help to monitor and prevent birth defects and cancers, train the local public health workforce in areas such as emergency preparedness and mandatory reporting requirements, engage local business leaders in community health initiatives, and assist elderly residents to maintain their independence.

Nationally, the college routinely convenes experts and policy makers to address current topics such as health disparities, opioid addiction, and health system reform. The college’s service function also includes commitment to train health specialists around the world, facilitating exchanges with professionals in Eastern Europe, Central and South America, and West Africa.

Some examples of the College’s commitment to community engagement include:

  • The Business Leadership Network is a flagship initiative to foster relationships between the college and small- and medium-sized businesses and communities across Iowa. College faculty and students regularly engage with business leaders in community forums and through a statewide Steering Committee. The BLN’s small grant program provides support for local community health initiatives in areas such as healthy lifestyles, nutrition, children and youth programs, and workplace safety and wellness.
  • Faculty with expertise in community-based participatory research currently lead projects focusing on cancer prevention and increasing adults’ physical activity. The Health Equity Advancement Lab (HEAL), based in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health, seeks to improve health through CBPR with communities who experience health inequities.
  • The college has established unique collaborations that integrate the arts with public health research and education. Partners have included the Iowa City-based Working Group Theatre, the University of Iowa’s Hancher Performing Arts Center, and individual artists working on projects that address bullying, aging, mental health, and other issues.
  • The college regularly participates in state-level events where faculty and students connect and discuss their work with public health practitioners, state legislators, and local communities. The college also frequently hosts free community events on-campus, including films, panel discussions, and invited speakers.
  • The college’s Iowa Public Health Heroes Award recognizes practitioners whose work promotes better health and prevents disease in the state.


The College of Public Health engages in innovative academic collaborations with units across the university, and partners at the state, national, and global levels to advance education, research, and public health policy.

  • A number of combined degree options are offered in conjunction with the UI Colleges of Business, Law, Medicine, and Pharmacy, and the Veterinary Medicine Program at Iowa State University. Additionally, CPH faculty are closely aligned with the Interdisciplinary Program in Human Toxicology.
  • The college offers undergraduate-to-graduate programs in partnership with the University of Iowa, Coe College, Cornell College, and Grinnell College.
  • The CPH is a leader in promoting interdisciplinary team-teaching across departments and encourages interprofessional education opportunities.
  • Our faculty conduct multidisciplinary research across campus with colleagues from the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Liberal Arts and Sciences. Faculty also collaborate on research with investigators nationally and internationally.
  • The college’s Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy (IIPHRP) fosters new collaborations, within and outside the University of Iowa, by bringing together researchers, health care organizations, providers, citizens, community leaders, private partners, and policy makers to help shape and inform public health policy.
  • The College of Public Health and the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication recently collaborated to establish the University of Iowa as a member of the Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium Network. The network provides opportunities to highlight critical public health issues in the media, sponsor campus visits by journalists and international reporting fellowship opportunities for public health and journalism students.

Diversity and Inclusion

The College of Public Health interprets diversity as embracing and respecting all races, nationalities, colors, creeds, religions, age, disabilities, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference.

The college believes that diversity in the classroom is a vital component of educating future public health professionals and scientists. A well-rounded, culturally competent public health workforce is required to meet the health needs of the nation’s growing ethnic and racial populations and to address the pressing health disparities faced by many groups. The college is committed to facilitating an atmosphere rich in cultural perspectives and actively supports and promotes diversity in the college and public health workforce.

  • The CPH Diversity Committee includes faculty, staff, and student representatives. This committee aims to promote and develop a culture of collaboration and inclusion in the college and university and works towards greater representation of those currently underrepresented in the college and in the public health workforce.
  • The Diversity Committee annually selects a number of incoming students to receive Underrepresented Student Recruitment Scholarships.
  • The college participates in two programs – the Summer Institute in Biostatistics and the Summer Health Professions Education Program – that introduce underrepresented undergraduate students to public health education, research, and careers.
  • The college regularly offers films, workshops, lectures, and other programs and activities that focus on diversity topics.


Engaged and generous supporters have contributed to the success of the college’s philanthropy. At the conclusion of the University of Iowa’s recent For Iowa. Forever More campaign, more than 1,913 donors had contributed a total of $40 million to the College of Public Health, surpassing the $25.8 million goal.

Donors included many alumni, current and former faculty and staff, students, community members, and corporate and foundation partners. Their gifts supported a wide array of sectors, including students; faculty; the CPH leadership fund; rural health, comparative effectiveness research, and community engagement; the community outreach fund; facilities; and unrestricted support for the college’s greatest needs.

The College of Public Health works closely with the UI Foundation to support advancement initiatives. The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the UI, and its mission is to promote the UI’s commitment to excellence through engagement and philanthropy.

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University of Iowa

The University of Iowa is a major national research university and member of the AAU. Founded in 1847 and consistently ranked among the top public universities in the country, Iowa’s oldest public university is now the largest of three governed by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Today, the University occupies a 1,700-acre campus in Iowa City and includes Colleges of Business, Education, Engineering, Dentistry, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and a Graduate College.

As the first U.S. public university to admit men and women on an equal basis and regardless of race, The University of Iowa also boasts the first College of Law west of the Mississippi River. The university has often led the country in academic innovation. The MFA degree was invented at the University of Iowa, thereby making it the first to accept creative work in theater, writing, music, and visual art as theses for advanced degrees. The university established the first educational radio station west of the Mississippi; broadcast the world’s first educational television programs; and developed educational testing, in which the university continues to hold preeminence.

Over 30,000 students are currently enrolled at Iowa. Fifty-four percent come from Iowa, 28 percent from adjoining states, and 5 percent from the remaining states. International students from 114 countries make up 12.7 percent of the University’s enrollment and that figure continues to increase each year. The university, with an annual operating budget of more than $3.5 billion, is the area’s largest employer with approximately 2,800 faculty and 13,000 staff members.

Living in Iowa City

A diverse community, an affordable place to live, and a vibrant cultural life make Iowa City an attractive home for scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and professionals of all kinds. A growing community of about 72,000 people, Iowa City takes pride in openness, inclusion, and safety.

But it’s also a cultural hub, a gathering place for artists of every medium, the home of some of America’s most inventive minds, and so much more. Iowa City is one of just 20 UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world, and the only one in the U.S., establishing it as an international destination for creative thinkers. That energy fills the streets, creating a vibrant place that we love to call home.

With outstanding affordable health care, excellent libraries and schools, historic neighborhoods, and a downtown filled with a lively mix of restaurants, shops, theater, music, and festivals, Iowa City is casual, comfortable, and cosmopolitan. Chicago, St. Louis, and Minneapolis/St. Paul are within easy driving distance, while the nearby Eastern Iowa Airport connects travelers to the world.

For all these reasons, Iowa City is consistently voted one of the best places to live in the U.S.

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