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Our PhD Graduates


N. Belz

Dr. Norbert E. Belz, PhD, MHSA (2015)

PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas 
MHSA, Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas
BS, Health Information Management, St Louis University

Current Position: President and Founder, norbbelz, Inc.

Research Interests: Health Information Technology (HIT), Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and Health Outcomes.


Dissertation: "Advanced Use  of Electronic Health Records in Patient-Centered Medical Homes"

J. Hill

Dr. Jacqueline D. Hill, PhD, MPH (2016)

PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas
MPH, Health Management and Communication, Tufts University School of Medicine
BS, Health Promotion, Oklahoma State University


Current Position: Director, Office of Faculty Development, Children's Mercy Kansas City

Research Interests: Social determinants of health access to health care services, and impact of health insurance design on health care service utilization and outcomes

Dissertation: "The Role of County-Level Socioeconomic Characteristics in Low-Income Women's Use of Screening Mammography in Kansas"

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Dr. Melissa L. Jaffee, PhD, MBA (2015)

PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas
MBA, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University
BA, Economics, University of Texas - Austin

Current Position: Health Economics and Outcomes Research Value Demonstration Manager, Boehringer Ingelheim

Research Interests: Outcomes research, cost-effectiveness analysis, quality improvement, behavioral and health economics


Dissertation: "Emergency Department Utilization Among Kansas Medicaid Aged, Blind, and Disabled Beneficiaries with Severe Mental Illness: the Context and Extent of Ambulatory Care Sensitive Visits"

Dr. Karen S. Johnson, PhD, MHSA (2018)

PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas
MHSA, College of Business, Arizona State University
BA, Sociology, Hanover College (IN)

Research Interests: Health insurance, the Patient-Centered Medical Home, medical management interventions in commercial/Medicare/Medicaid populations, and workplace wellness initiatives

Dissertation: "Understanding the Role of the Patient-Centered Medical Home in Building a Strong Primary Care Foundation in the U.S."

Taiye Popoola

Dr. Taiye Popoola, PhD, MPH (2017)

PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas
MPH, University of North Texas Health Sciences Center
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Ilorin, Nigeria

Research Interests: Patient-centered care and outcomes, primary care, hospital readmissions and health disparities.

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Dr. Kevin Sykes

Dr. Kevin Sykes, PhD, MPH (2014)

PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas
MPH,University of Kansas
BA, Trevecca Nazarene University

Current Position: Director, Clinical Research at University of Kansas Physicians, Inc

Research Interests: Global humanitarian healthcare delivery, healthcare for the medically underserved, enrolling underrepresented populations in clinical trials, and the impact of socioeconomics on clinical outcomes


Dissertation: "An Exploration of Participant Motives and Motivational Tensions in Short-Term Medical Service Trips"

Last modified: Mar 21, 2019