Dorothy Hughes, Ph.D., MHSA
Education and Training
American University: Bachelor of Arts - International Studies
The University of Kansas: Master of Health Services Administration
The University of Kansas: Doctor of Philosophy - Health Policy and Management
My research agenda centers on the rural health workforce. I am interested in the supply of and demand for rural physicians, specifically general surgeons. I also investigate other topics related to surgical services, surgical education, and the composition of the surgical team. I primarily use qualitative methods but also conduct quantitative and mixed methods studies. Being in Population Health is especially rewarding because it is inter-disciplinary. I particularly enjoy bringing together principles from health services research, sociology, and behavioral economics.
Currently, I teach in both the MHSA and PhD programs. My teaching techniques include active lecture and group discussion, and I am honing my flipped classroom, case-based learning, and service learning skills. I am capable of delivering course content in online, in-person, or hybrid formats. My goal is for students to have a strong understanding of how healthcare systems can and do work (in the US and other countries), including how operational, financial, and policy concepts interlock. I am passionate about helping students understand how they, as professionals, can engage in the policy-making process in meaningful and productive ways. I am actively engaged in encouraging participation in the joint MD/MHSA program, am a strong proponent of rural educational experiences, and I teach health services basics to medical students during enrichment weeks.
- HP&M 810: Health Systems (co-instructor)
- HP&M 901: Doctoral Seminar in Health Policy