Dorothy Hughes

Pursuing PhD in Health Policy and Management

Faculty Mentor: Mary Zimmerman, PhD - Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management

A dedicated Kansan from McPherson, Dorothy moved to the Kansas City area nine years ago. After completing her Bachelors of Science in International Studies at American University in Washington, D.C., Dorothy pursued her Master of Health Services Administration degree within the School of Medicine at KUMC. "I am a proud Kansan and feel so lucky to have a world-class academic medical center right here in Kansas City" says Dorothy. Regarding the fellowship, Dorothy stated "receiving the fellowship was a game-changer for me. After working in politics and policy for almost 13 years, I had doubts about taking the leap into academia. I wasn't sure it was feasible. When the Health Policy and Management Department offered me the Chancellor's Fellowship, it was a dream come true; it gave me the resources and confidence I needed to leap into doctoral studies." She is planning to research health outcomes and health communications to develop more effective public policies to empower healthcare professionals and patients. 

Last modified: Oct 20, 2017