Kristin Wilson, MHA, PhD


Portrait of Prof. Kristen Wilson, of the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Title(s): Clinical Associate Professor, Director, MHA Program
Department: Health Management and Policy
Office: N216 CPHB
Phone: (319) 467-1370

Kristin Wilson is a clinical associate professor and director of the master of health administration program in the Department of Health Management and Policy. She earned her PhD in public health sciences with a concentration in health management and policy from Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice, and her master of health administration degree from the same institution.  

While at SLU, Dr. Wilson directed the health management and policy MPH and MHA degree programs and served as the executive director of the Heartland Center for Population Health and Community Systems Development. In addition, since 2018, she has been the principal investigator of the Missouri subcontract to the Midwestern Public Health Training Center for Workforce Development, a multi-state collaborative funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and located within the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Wilson held leadership positions within health care organizations, and has experience at a local, state, national, and international level.

Wilson’s scholarly work has focused on asthma in the community; creating competency-based health systems; systems-thinking and redesign; partnership working and interactions between health systems and public health agencies, specifically on addressing community health needs and policy impact; and health and social care integration. Her current work on health and social care integration is as the U.S. lead of an ongoing international collaboration with partners in the United Kingdom and Belgium. She is also a member of the Board of Directors Community Committee for Mercy Health System (St. Louis).

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to U.S. Health Care System
  • Healthcare Management

Research Interests

Health systems strengthening; health policy and community benefit; leveraging existing policies to impact the determinants of health; research into practice; institutionalization and sustainability of best practices and programs; interaction of organizations in communities to improve health; influence and interaction of health policy and organizations; and the intersection and collaboration of population level health and health care management.