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Dorothy Hughes, Ph.D., MHSA

Assistant Professor

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

Research Interests

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

Curriculum Vitae

Last modified: Dec 17, 2019


Dorothy Hughes, Ph.D., MHSA
Assistant Professor

P: 913.588-3764