Earning a master’s in health administration degree or graduate certificate from one of the nation’s top-ranked universities has several advantages, one of the most important being receiving an excellent, up-to-date education presented by experienced practitioners and academicians.
The faculty at the University of Cincinnati are active leaders in the health care field with robust academic and research interests. You can learn from and interact with accomplished individuals, including these highly credentialed professionals:
Joan Murdock, Ph.D., MHSA
Joan Murdock, Ph.D., MHSA, has 10 years of experience as a health care professional and 10 years as an educator. She brings her expertise to UC as an assistant professor and the director of the Master of Health Administration degree program. She is highly involved in leadership roles as the program director of the UC Physician Leadership program, a faculty team member of the Institute of Health Research UC Health Professionals Education Collaborative and is also a founding member of the UC Latino Health Collaborative. She has also served as an assistant vice president and vice president in the health care administration field.
William Banks, MHA
William Banks is an adjunct instructor for the Master of Health Administration program. He primarily serves as the vice president, managed care/revenue cycle for St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Kentucky – a 1,200 bed, 300 physician multi-site health care system sponsored by the Diocese of Covington. In this role, he is responsible for payer relations and the negotiation of all contracts for facility, professional and ancillary services. Prior to joining St. Elizabeth in January 2009, Banks had a number of roles at Humana and Anthem BCBS, most recently serving as the vice president of network operations for Humana of Ohio.
Banks holds a master’s degree in Health Administration from Xavier University and a master’s in Applied Economics from the University of Cincinnati. He has served as a Medical Service Corps officer in the active duty Army and the Ohio National Guard.
William Freedman, J.D.
William Freedman is an adjunct professor for the Master of Health Administration program and a partner in the Dinsmore and Shohl LLP law firm. Mr. Freedman’s health care practice involves the business aspects of health care law, including the structure, design and operation of hospital and health care provider relationships, representation of physician practices, and representation of the numerous types of health care delivery organizations in which health care providers become investors and members. Mr. Freedman represents and has designed managed health care delivery systems, including health maintenance organizations, preferred provider organizations, independent physician associations, physician-hospital organizations and a variety of hospital/physician joint ventures. Mr. Freedman’s health care practice focuses on the various regulatory compliance steps unique to the health care industry, including anti-kickback and anti-referral statutes and regulations, the privacy requirements in state laws and the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, billing practice compliance, and health care incident reporting and disclosure obligations.
Mr. Freedman’s tax and estate planning practice involves advice to individuals and businesses including corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies. Mr. Freedman’s expertise includes federal individual, partnership and corporate tax planning and disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and planning for deferred compensation, qualified retirement and IRA/403(b) plan distributions.
Mr. Freedman’s employee benefits practice serves a diverse client base with respect to the design, preparation and implementation of pension and welfare benefit plans and their ERISA-related issues, including the effect of laws such as ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act, “COBRA” health care continuation coverage requirements under both state and federal laws, and the health care coverage rules of the Affordable Care Act.
Mr. Freedman is an adjunct professor of Health Law & Policy of the Department of Health Services Administration, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Ursula Meyer, RN, MSN
M. Ursula Meyer, RN, MSN, has been involved in policy development, implementation and evaluation for 35 years of working in occupational health nursing, first in a large academic center and then as a consultant to a Fortune 500 company. She has taught at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing for the past 17 years. Her primary responsibilities were in community health nursing in the undergraduate program and occupational health nursing in the graduate program. She has taught health care policy from the community and occupational perspective based on experience in a variety of settings. She served on the board for Southwestern Ohio Association of Occupational Health Nurses, where she served two terms as vice president and two terms as president. She served as a board member for the Ohio Association of Occupational Health Nurses, where she served two terms as vice president. Ursula has served on the boards for a senior center and had worked as a board member for the American Red Cross.
Jennifer Mitchell, J.D.
Jennifer Orr Mitchell is a partner in the Litigation Department and a member of the Health Care Practice Group at Dinsmore. Jennifer handles complex health care and other litigation in state and federal courts, arbitrations and mediations, and administrative proceedings. She also provides health care compliance guidance. Jennifer’s areas of practice include: health care fraud and abuse (federal and state anti-kickback, Stark, etc.); False Claims Act litigation; civil monetary penalties law; MMA (including the Recovery Audit Contractor program); DRA; Sunshine Act; Medicare and Medicaid (including audits and administrative appeals); ERISA; federal and state privacy and confidentiality (including HIPAA, CAN-SPAM, COPPA, and other such laws); ADA; organ and tissue procurement; medical negligence; health care contracting; trade secrets; unfair competition; defamation; and other general business and commercial issues. Jennifer assists her clients with audits and investigations by state and federal authorities and counsels clients on risk management and litigation avoidance. She presents throughout the region on fraud and abuse, HIPAA, Sunshine Act, RAC audits and other health care topics. She has served as an expert witness in cases involving claims of breach of privacy. She also represents physicians and other licensed medical professionals in administrative/licensure proceedings.
James Evans, Ph.D.
Dr. James R. Evans is a professor for the Master of Health Administration program, the Department of Operations and Business Analytics, and director of the Center for Performance Excellence in the College of Business at the University of Cincinnati. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering from Purdue, and a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Tech. Evans is the author or co-author of two of the most popular quality management textbooks used in business schools worldwide: Managing for Quality and Performance Excellence, 8th Edition, and Quality & Performance Excellence: Management, Organization, and Strategy, 6th Edition, as well as An Introduction to Six Sigma and Process Improvement, all for Cengage Learning. In addition, he has written books in statistical process control, management science, operations management, simulation and risk analysis, statistics and data analysis, and creative thinking. In 2003, Evans and his co-author received the ASQ Philip Crosby Medal for The Management and Control of Quality, 5th Edition. He is editor of the Quality Management Journal, and serves on numerous editorial boards of other academic research journals. He has published more than 90 papers in the fields of operations research, operations management and quality. Evans is a fellow and past president of the Decision Sciences Institute.
Evans served as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from 1994-1996, senior examiner from 1997-1999, alumni examiner from 2000-2001; and judge from 2004-2007. He has also been a senior examiner and judge with the Ohio Partnership for Excellence, and served as a trustee in 2002-2003. He has served as a judge for the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association Case Studies in Team Excellence Competition for several years, and was chairman of the Seasongood Innovation Awards program for the city of Cincinnati in 1998, and member of the award committee in 1999 and 2000. He was also a judge for the 2002 U.S. Army Communities of Excellence Award Program.
Kate York, Ph.D., MSN, RN, CNP
Kate (Kathie) York, Ph.D., MSN, RN, CNP, is an adjunct assistant professor for the MHA program. Dr. York is board certified as a family nurse practitioner and received her education at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She has worked for various health care centers and research institutions and has recently conducted a community health research project in Tanzania.
She returned to Tanzania in June 2014 to disseminate the results of research conducted in 2011 in collaboration with the development organization Sightsavers International, the Tanzania Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (Neglected Tropical Disease Division), the Morogoro Regional Health Authority, Ifakara Health Institute, and the villages of Kizinga and Tandai in the Morogoro Rural District. The purpose of the research was to explore factors affecting community members’ participation in the medication distribution program for onchocerciasis (river blindness) and to determine the role and influence of the community health workers in the program.
Nancy Burse, Ed.D.
Dr. Burse has more than 39 years of experience as an educator. She has taught high school, college and adult education courses and served in various learning and development positions in the private industry. She received her Doctor of Education, Curriculum and Instruction-Higher Education/Law from the University of Cincinnati.
Nancy is a manager in the Education and Learning Department at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). In this capacity, she is responsible for a team of education consultants (EC) and facilitators who design and deliver both workforce and leadership educational programs for CCHMC employees. She is also the department account manager for several major institutional initiatives including safety integration. Most recently, she led a team of ECs who developed and designed a series of e-learning modules for the Fellowship Core Curriculum project.
Prior to coming to CCHMC, Dr. Burse maintained a consulting client base and served as director of training and development for National In-Store in Sarasota, Florida. She was responsible for developing an effective corporate leadership, learning and development, and talent management strategy to drive business objectives and develop talent from within. She also designed aptitude assessments for independent contractors, created scorecard metrics to support professional and leadership development, and initiated a career path program that linked capabilities, performance management and career development to company goals, strategies and measures.
Patricia Calico, Ph.D.
Patricia Calico served as a nurse consultant and branch chief for advanced nurse education with the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Nursing working with graduate nursing programs across the United States to enhance nursing education and practice and to implement policy. Dr. Calico began her teaching career at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and among other colleges taught full time at the University of Cincinnati. She has also worked as a staff nurse, quality coordinator and clinical nurse specialist. Dr. Calico served with many regional, state and national professional and community boards and as a Rosalyn Carter Expert Panel Member on Rural Caregiving. She served as an editorial board member of the Rehabilitation Nursing Journal and is an editorial board member for the Kentucky Nurse. Dr. Calico has taught health policy courses at the University of Cincinnati multiple times.
Rajan Kamath, Ph.D.
Rajan Kamath is an associate professor for the MHA program. Rajan also teaches Strategy at the College of Business, University of Cincinnati. After earning the MBA Association’s Awards for Teaching Excellence for two years in a row, Rajan earned the University of Cincinnati’s 2000 Graduate EXCEL Award for exceptional dedication and outstanding contribution to graduate teaching. Rajan’s contributions to the MBA learning experience in corporate strategy, international competition and strategic alliances earned him the 2007 nomination for the University of Cincinnati Distinguished Teaching Professor Award.
Rajan earned his Ph.D. in Strategy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research has been published in the top management journals including Academy of Management Journal and Harvard Business Review. He has consulted with many companies in North America, India, China and Latin America including Haas-TCM, Thomson, Toyota Motor Company in Japan, Toyota Motor Manufacturing of North America, Procter & Gamble, Cabot Microelectronics, General Motors-Mexico, Convergys, BPCL-India, Milacron Inc., Hill-Rom and Tri-Health Inc.
In 1995 Rajan was awarded the Shingo Prize for his contributions to manufacturing excellence. President Clinton described him as belonging to the group of management thinkers who “have helped make the very term 'Made in the U.S.A.' synonymous with high quality.” Businessweek considers the Shingo Prize to be the Nobel Prize of manufacturing.
In 2009 the University of Notre Dame’s Executive Education Department selected Rajan for the “Inspiring Educator Award.” In 2010 Rajan was nominated for both the Graduate and the Undergraduate EXCEL awards for exceptional dedication and outstanding contribution to teaching.
Thomas Hess, J.D.
Thomas W. Hess is a partner in the law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, and he practices in the law firm’s Columbus, Ohio, office. Tom is the practice group leader for the Government Relations and Health Law practice groups. He has more than 35 years of experience representing health care providers before state, federal and administrative courts across the country. Tom represents clients concerning certificate of need, health care fraud and licensure investigations, as well as issues related to Medicare and Medicaid audits, overpayments, certifications and reimbursement. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (administrative law and health law) and Ohio Super Lawyers.
William Whitaker, Ph.D.
William (Bill) Whitaker is a professor for the health administration programs. His is also a professor of finance in the Department of Finance and Real Estate, College of Business, University of Cincinnati. Teaching and research responsibilities focus on business finance, financial institutions and real estate.
From December 2005 to August 2009, Dr. Whitaker served as senior associate dean, College of Business, University of Cincinnati, where he was operationally responsible for administering a unit including more than 100 faculty and staff with an annual budget exceeding $17 million.
Through December 2005, Bill was manager of real estate investment research for Nationwide Insurance. Bill was responsible for conducting market and strategic research in support of a portfolio of assets exceeding $10 billion. The portfolio contained commercial mortgage loans, tax credit equity investments, CMBS holdings and other third-party CML holdings.
Before joining Nationwide in 2003, Bill had worked for AIG and Prudential Insurance companies in real estate research. While at Prudential, his primary focus was domestic equity real estate and capital markets. During his tenure at AIG, his focus was international direct equity investment in real estate.
Before entering the private sector, Dr. Whitaker had an extensive career in academics. He has been a faculty member at several universities: Florida State University, Morehead State University, Georgia Southern University and Ohio University. Throughout his career, he has published extensively with 32 articles, 31 reports and 24 other works produced to date. His articles have appeared in such journals as Real Estate Finance, The Real Estate Finance Journal, Commercial Investment Real Estate Journal, Appraisal Review and Mortgage Underwriting Journal and Decision Sciences.
He obtained his undergraduate degree with honors from Morehead State University, majoring in Accounting and Mathematics. He obtained his MBA and Ph.D. (Business and Economics) from the University of Kentucky.
He has served as a governor’s appointee to the Georgia Joint Committee on Revenue Structure, board member of the Kentucky Council on Economic Education, and director of the Kentucky Association of Realtors.