Kirk Phillips, M.S.W, M.S., Ph.D


Title(s): Adjunct Associate Professor
Department: Epidemiology

Phone: (319) 430-9566
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Kirk T. Phillips, MSW, MS, PhD, is a director for biomedical informatics development with the Carver College of Medicine, and an adjunct professor in the University of Iowa College of Public Health. He has more than 45 years of experience in leading analytics to drive improvement in quality and financial performance for organizations including The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, UnityPoint Health, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, The Iowa Foundation for Medical Care (Telligen), and the Health Policy Corporation of Iowa. His current positions include developing informatics training programs in medicine and teaching graduate level courses in informatics, analytics, and managerial epidemiology.

He designed and managed Iowa’s first all-payer claims database and reports for the Iowa Health Data Commission. His customers include corporate leadership, payers, front-line clinical staff, and patients in the use of balanced scorecards and predictive models for improving performance.

Dr. Phillips has additional faculty appointments with the University of Iowa Graduate College, advising interdisciplinary graduate studies in informatics, as well as the Department of Epidemiology, teaching public health informatics. His training includes an interdisciplinary PhD in health informatics and epidemiology (University of Iowa, 2005), master’s degree in epidemiology (University of Iowa, 2002), and master’s degree in social work/social development (University of Minnesota, 1977).

Courses Taught

  • Public Health Informatics
  • Analytics for Health Care Management
  • Managerial Epidemiology

Research Interests

  • Analytics and reporting
  • Data management and governance
  • Change strategies with information
  • Health informatics