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:
Clifford Cymrot, MLS(ASCP), MT(AAB), MT(AMT), MHA
Course Director for HCA7001
Clifford received his A.A.S. in Medical Laboratory Science in 2008 from SUNY Orange. He immediately began working as a medical laboratory technician at a medium-sized 200-bed hospital in upstate NY. In 2010 he earned a B.S. in Medical Technology from the University of Cincinnati. He was then promoted to medical technologist and soon after began working as an adjunct instructor for SUNY Orange teaching microbiology and anatomy and physiology. In 2014 he earned a master’s degree in Health Administration from UC. After graduation he received an offer to facilitate the graduate level course in health systems management HCA7001 at the University of Cincinnati. He has also recently had the privilege of becoming the course director for the HCA7001 course at the University of Cincinnati.
He is fortunate to also have the opportunity to help students achieve their goals by being part of the faculty as a full-time assistant professor at GWU teaching microbiology, pathophysiology and the laboratory portions for microbiology, molecular diagnostics, blood banking, biochemistry, and hematology.
He has a passion for laboratory technology and health care administration which he is able to pursue by helping students achieve their goals in both fields in health care.
Dr. Joan Murdock, Ph.D., MHSA
Course Director for HCA7002
Joan Murdock, Ph.D., MHSA is an experienced health care professional and health care administrator with over 10 years experience in the clinical setting and over 10 years experience in the academic setting. She is the Graduate Program Director of the University if Cincinnati Master of Health Administration degree program and an Associate Professor. She is a Founding Member of the UC Latino Health Collaborative, active in the UC Interprofessional Education Collaborative and the UC Center for Continuous Professional Development. She served as the Program Director of the UC Physician Leadership Program for seven years. Her role as Graduate Program Director includes collaborative relationships with the UC College of Business and the UC College of Pharmacy. He research interests include leadership development in health care and medicine, health disparities and cultural diversity in health care.
Dr. Charles H. Elliott, DHSc, PA-C
Course Director for HCA7033
Dr. Elliott retired after 10 years as Global Director Medical Affairs for Ashland Inc./Valvoline, a FORTUNE 500 global oil and chemical company. As director, he oversaw operational medical systems and personal health and wellness programs in multiple countries. In this role, he worked with individual providers in many countries along with global health organizations such as the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and International SOS. For 25 years prior, he was a clinical Physician Assistant (PA) and clinic manager in occupational and preventive medicine. Elliott is also nationally board certified as a PA in primary care medicine.
His Bachelor Health Sciences was from the University of Kentucky and Master PA Studies from University of Nebraska Medical Center. He received his Doctor Health Sciences from Nova Southeastern University. Of particular local note, he was one of the first two invited non-MD’s to complete the University of Cincinnati’s Mini-Residency in Occupational, Environmental and Preventive Medicine for Physicians.
A native of Kentucky, Dr. Elliott lives outside Columbus, OH with his family. He is currently Course Director Global Health for the UC MHA program and is adjunct doctoral faculty for AT Still University, College of Graduate Health Studies. In addition to his academic work, he is founder and Principal Consultant for Corporate Medical Consulting, LLC.
Michelle Renee Chyatte, DrPH, MPH
Course Director for HCA7081, HCA7099, HCA7031
Dr. Michelle Renee Chyatte, DrPH, MPH is an Assistant Professor and Capstone Director in MHA program at the University of Cincinnati. She has over a decade of experience with mixed methodology multi-level research, health care delivery systems, and curriculum development for public health and medical students. As a published researcher and educator, she is also known for serving on a number of national strategic planning committees. Dr. Chyatte has presented at well over a dozen national and international conferences in the past two years and help procure over $4 million in grant monies.
Previous work has been in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health policy strategies for health care industry leaders including: The Centers for Disease Control, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and The Pennsylvania Department of Health. As a former NPR reporter, legislative policy coordinator, Dr. Chyatte has extensive experience/knowledge of state and federal legislatures, preparing policy briefs, annual reports, and white papers for stakeholders and legislative staff. She parlayed her careers in journalism and health care policy which has helped her assist in development and procurement of value-added strategic partners at both state and federal level through inter-agency meetings and grant procurement.
One of the most rewarding parts of Dr. Chyatte's life is as Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children.
Kristen Safier, JD
Course Director for HCA7032
Kristen Safier holds a JD from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, a MS in Educational Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.Phil. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University. She serves as Senior Counsel at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. There, Ms. Safier is responsible for all legal matters impacting its research operations and oversees its compliance efforts. Before working at Cincinnati Children’s, she practiced for several years as a litigator at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. She has published several law journal articles, a book chapter, and several pieces in professional publications. Ms. Safier is also active in several local community organizations, including the Greater Cincinnati Minority Counsel Program, and has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Ohio Super Lawyers and the YWCA Career Women of Achievement.
Amy Bunger, PhD
Course Director for HCA7041
Amy Bunger, Ph.D. serves as the Assistant Designated Institutional Official at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center/College of Medicine, where she supervises 660+ residents and fellows, oversees 93 training programs, and heads the Office of Graduate Medical Education. She holds a faculty position in the Department of Medical Education. Her areas of expertise include evaluation and assessment, faculty development, patient safety, quality improvement and simulation. With Paul Wojciechowski, MD, she serves as co-PI of an institutional wide protocol, Baseline Resident Assessment of Clinical Knowledge. She previously served as Senior Director of Learning at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, overseeing all employee mandatory and elective education, and where she developed the Fellowship Core Curriculum. Grant work has included serving as the research education director for CTSA, and serving as a co-PI for an AHRQ Patient Safety grant on use of simulation to accelerate acquisition of expertise in recognition of sepsis. Dr. Bunger received her Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University.
James Evans, PhD
Course Director for OM7042
Dr. James R. Evans is a Professor in the Department of Operations and Business Analytics 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. He 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. Evans is the author or co-author of some 50 editions of college textbooks, including Managing for Quality and Performance Excellence, 10th Edition, and Quality & Performance Excellence: Management, Organization, and Strategy, 8th Edition, An Introduction to Six Sigma and Process Improvement, 2nd Edition, all published by Cengage Learning, and several other books in operations management and business analytics. In 2003, Evans and his co-author received the American Society for Quality Philip Crosby Medal for The Management and Control of Quality, 5th Edition. He has published 100 research papers in the fields of operations research, operations management, and quality. Evans served as editor of the Quality Management Journal, and is a Fellow in and Past-President of the Decision Sciences Institute.
William Banks, MHA
Course Director for ECON7021, MGMT7022
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.
Molly Rogers, CPA
Course Director for FIN7021, FIN7022
Professor Rogers is a CPA and holds a Masters in Finance which was started at the University of Michigan, and finished at the University of Cincinnati. She graduated from UC with an undergraduate degree in Accounting and spent the next 10 years with Ernst and Young in Audit and Advisory Services. While attending UC she played varsity Tennis. She left Ernst and Young to pursue teaching finance and accounting at the Xavier University MHA Program. After 10 years she left Xavier for St. Elizabeth Healthcare to serve in the Finance Division. While at St. Elizabeth she was the Director of Reimbursement and was involved in many of the accounting functions including cost accounting, budgeting and operations analysis. She also has served for many years as a Board member of Dental Care Plus, Inc., a Dental Insurance company headquartered in Sharonville. After almost 17 years at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, she returned to teach Accounting at UC. Professor Rogers’ strong business background as well as interest in operations has lead her to teach Cost Accounting and Managerial Decision Making in the MBA program, as well as the Health Care Finance sequence in the MHA program.