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Dorothy Hughes, Ph.D., MHSA

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Assistant Professor, Population Health

Assistant Dean, Student Affairs - Salina Campus

Assistant Professor, Population Health

Professional Background

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.

Education and Training
  • BA, International Studies, American University School of International Service, Washington, DC
  • MHSA, Health Services Administration, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS
  • PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS
Professional Affiliations
  • Kansas Rural Health Association, Member, 2021 - Present
  • Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration, Pillar 1 Strategic Plan Committee, Member, 2020 - Present
  • Association for Surgical Education, Member, 2019 - Present
  • Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration, Member, 2019 - Present



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.

  • Berland, Hannah, Hughes, Dorothy. 2021. Is Rural Kansas Prepared? An Assessment of Resources Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Kansas Journal of Medicine, 14, 95-102.
  • Hughes, D, Cook, M., R, Deal, S., B, Hughes, T., G, Sarap, M, Brasel, K, Alseidi, A. 2019. Rural surgeons' perspectives on necessity of post-residency training are stable across generations.. American journal of surgery, 217 (2), 296-300