Program Director

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Joan M. Murdock

Associate Professor - Clinical, Program Director (MHA), CAHS School of Social Work

French Hall


Joan Murdock, Ph.D., MHSA is Program Director of the Master of Health Administration degree program (online) and Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati, College of Allied Health Sciences. Dr. Murdock has background and experience in the health care clinical setting in hospital administration and radiologic technology. She served as Vice-President and Assistant Vice-President at two Cincinnati hospitals. Her areas of study and teaching include the following; health care delivery systems, health care organization and management, health policy and population health, and quality care management. Additionally, she is a founding member of the UC Latino Health Collaborative and is active in health care professional associations including membership on the AUPHA Graduate Program Directors Committee.  Dr. Murdock served as a consultant for the American College of Surgeons, Commission of Cancer, developing Cancer Registries and Collaborative hospital-wide cancer programs.
Currently, Dr. Murdock serves as the chairperson for the Master of Health Administration Stakeholders Committee, the UC Center for Continuous Professional Development Committee and the UC College of Pharmacy Advisory Board for the Master of Science in Pharmacy Leadership Program.
Dr. Murdock obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Urban Studies with a specialization in Urban Health Care from Boston University. She holds the “Gerontology Specialist in Aging Graduate Certificate”, as well as, a Master’s in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan. Dr. Murdock obtained her PhD in 2000 from the Union Institute and University, specified in Health Care Management and Cultural Diversity in Health Care.
Her research includes:
  • Comparative Results of Utilizing the Intercultural Development Inventory with Master of Health Administration students and Pre-Med Students (2018-Present)
  • Return on Investment (ROI) Analyses of an In-Patient Lay Health Worker Model on 30-Day Readmission Rates in a Rural Community Hospital (2016-2017)
  • Results of Student Competency Self-Assessments at Program
                        End of the University of Cincinnati Master of Health Administration
                        Degree Program (2015)
  • The Impact of a Mentoring Component as Part of a Physician
Leadership Development Program (2013-2014)
  • Physician Development Education and Its Impact on Increased
Knowledge, Skills and Competencies (2005-2015)
  • Health Professions Education Collaborative-Inter Professional       
Education in the Health Sciences at the University of Cincinnati
      and its Impact on Learners’ Knowledge, Skills and Beliefs
  • Principal Co-Investigator, Evaluation of a Faculty Development Program in Inter Professional Teamwork and Healthcare Improvement (2010-2014)
  • Latino Health Collaborative-University- Community Partnerships to Improve The Health of Latinos and Vulnerable Populations in Greater Cincinnati (2007-Present)
  • Principal Co-Investigator, “Describing the Professional Characteristics Of Underrepresented Minority Genetic Counselors,” (2004-2006)


Director of MHA Program Evaluation and Capstone

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Michelle Renee Chyatte

Asst Professor - Educator, CAHS School of Social Work

104 HSB


Dr. Michelle Renee Chyatte, DrPH, MPH is an Assistant Professor and Capstone Director in MHA program at the University of Cincinnati. She has over a decade of experience with mixed methodology multi-level research, health care delivery systems, and curriculum development for public health and medical students. As a published researcher and educator, she is also known for serving on a number of national strategic planning committees. Dr. Chyatte has presented at well over a dozen national and international conferences and helped procure over $4 million in grant monies. 

Previous work has been in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health policy strategies for health care industry leaders including: The Centers for Disease Control, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and The Pennsylvania Department of Health. As a former NPR reporter, legislative policy coordinator, Dr. Chyatte has extensive experience/knowledge of state and federal legislatures, preparing policy briefs, annual reports, and white papers for stakeholders and legislative staff. She parlayed her careers in journalism and health care policy which has helped her assist in development and procurement of value-added strategic partnerships at both the state and federal level through inter-agency meetings and grant procurement. 

Program Manager

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Stephanie Rae Keith

Program Manager, Health Administration, CAHS School of Social Work

106 HSB


Course Directors

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James R. Boex

Professor Emeritus, College of Medicine , CAHS School of Social Work

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James R. Boex, PhD MBA, is an Emeritus Professor of Medical Education at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  He also holds faculty appointments in Health Care Administration in the College of Allied Health Sciences at UC and in Family and Community Medicine at the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). 
Dr.  Boex has been active in health professions education for more than forty years.  Joining NEOUCOM/NEOMED  in the 1970s, he held administrative assignments in both the Dean's office and the President's office, and helped to develop a wide range of the College’s policies and practices. In the 1990s he shifted to faculty responsibilities in the Division of Community Health Sciences, where he helped guide the development and implementation of NEOUCOM's then nationally-recognized curriculum in population medicine, served as Associate Chair, and was elected a Master Teacher of the College. 
In addition to these efforts, for approximately ten years Boex successfully represented NEOUCOM in Columbus and Washington, working with regulators and legislators on a variety of health care and health professions education initiatives.  In the private sector his consulting clients have included many major health care and higher education institutions as well as the AHA, COGME, and the Pew Charitable Trusts.
In 2006 he moved to The University of Cincinnati with a joint appointment as Professor of Public Health Sciences in the College of Medicine and Professor of Health Care Administration in the College of Allied Health Sciences.  He served as the founding Director of the university's MPH degree program and as founding Associate Director of its innovative on-line MHA degree program.  As Professor in the College of Medicine’s Department of Medical Education he also chaired the College of Medicine’s successful 2011 re-accreditation process.
An active investigator throughout his career, Boex’s nationally-recorgnized work on community-based health professions education and the interactions between clinical education and clinical care has been supported by HRSA, the CDC, the Kellogg Foundation, the New York and Massachusetts Departments of Health, and others. 
Following his retirement from full-time work in 2012, Dr. Boex returned to his home in Hudson, Ohio, from where he has continued a reduced schedule of teaching, consulting, community service and other activities.
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Charles Henry Elliott

Instructor - Adj, CAHS Master of Health Administration

French East


Dr. Charles H. Elliott, DHSc, PA-C is the course director of Global Health for the Master of Health Administration Program at the University of Cincinnati. He is the Founder and Principal of Corporate Medical Consulting, LLC, (CMC). He is a former adjunct professor of the Doctor Health Sciences degree program at the A.T. Still University and of the Master of Health Administration program at the University of Phoenix. Additionally, he served as an invited member on the Graduate School Advisory Board at the University of Phoenix.

Dr. Elliott obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, a Master’s in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, a Doctorate in Health Sciences and completed the University of Cincinnati's Mini- Residency in Occupational Medicine. Memberships include the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the American College of Healthcare Executive​s and the International Society of Travel Medicine.  He was a nationally board-certified Physician Assistant (PA) in primary care since 1980.
He completed a highly successful 35-year career with Ashland, Inc., a global specialty chemical and oil company. He spent the last 10 years there as Global Director of Medical Affairs, overseeing and directing medical programs in the US, Canada,  Europe, Asia, Latin America and South America. ​In his role, he was involved in programs with the World Health Organization, International SOS, and the Centers for Disease Control.  Programs were in two broad areas:
  • Medical Compliance Programs- OSHA and DOT medical, Substance Abuse Testing, HIPAA and ADA medical compliance, Automatic External Defibrillator management program, global HF Acid medical management program and work injury management, medical record keeping and four in-plant clinics 
  • Personal Health Programs- ADA/FMLA case management, international travel, Employee Assistance Program, various personal health initiatives and two in-house modern exercise facilities. Internal consulting was provided to Corporate Benefits groups on projects related to medical quality assurance, cost control and utilization review of programs.
 Dr. Elliott was directly responsible or under contract to the following companies:
  • Ashland Inc.- Valvoline, Specialty Chemicals, Electronic Chemicals, Performance Materials, Water Technologies, International Specialty Products (ISP), Drew Marine.
  • ASK Chemicals- one of the world's largest foundry chemicals producers.
  • Nexeo Solutions, LLC- global distribution company
His prior 25 year clinical medicine background as a PA included over 15,000 patient visits for illnesses and injuries. In that clinical role, he was involved in occupational, emergency and preventive medicine as a provider. 

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Amy D Short

Lecturer, COM EH Epi Brunst Lab

Amy Short is an Adjunct Professor for the Master of Health Administration Program at the University of Cincinnati. She is the Course Director for Health Policy and Regulation and faculty for Emerging Issues in Health Systems Management and Capstone.
Amy has an expansive background in management including, Project Manager, Health Education Coordinator, Senior Consultant, Business and Operations Manager of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Manager of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Ambulatory Practice, Project Director of the Ohio Valley Sickle Cell Network, Quality Improvement Advisor, Project Director for Chronic Non-Malignant Pain Primary Care project, and Administrative Director for Center for Clinical & Translational Science and Training’s Center for Improvement Science.
Amy is a certified Six Sigma Blackbelt and implemented the Transfer and Physician Referral Center, which expedited inpatient transfers between hospitals as well as provided immediate communication for providers seeking specialty consults. Additionally, she implemented enterprise deployment of an on-line, on-call physician scheduling and call coverage tool, known as AMION.
One of her many accomplishments is her contribution to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Demonstration Project’s report to congress. She also co-directed an HRSA multi-site national affinity group for the improvement of acute care for patients with sickle cell disease, which resulted in a published guide.
She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati. She holds a Master’s in Health Services Administration from Xavier University. In 2016, Amy’s team was recognized for “Partnering with Patients to Improve Management of Chronic Pain in Primary Care Through Integrative Group Visits” through the Care Delivery Innovation Competition. Additionally, in 2017, she was awarded the role of a “Wise Woman” for the 100 Wise Women Event.
Her research includes:
Knapke, J., Short, A., Bakas, T., Dariotis, J., Heubi, E., Regan, S., . . . Kues, J. (2018). 2474 promoting collaboration among researchers: A team science training curriculum. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, 2(S1), 59. doi:10.1017/cts.2018.222
Boone, J., Elder, N., Short, A., Diers, T., Vonder Meulen, M., Pallerla, H., . . . Kues, J. (2016). (266) minimal versus intensive interprofessional quality improvement for chronic pain management in primary care. Journal of Pain, 17(4), S42. doi:10.1016/j.jpain.2016.01.171
Elder, N., Penm, M., Pallerla, H., Vonder Meulen, M. B., Short, A. D., Diers, T., . . . Boone, J. M. (2016). Provision of recommended chronic pain assessment and management in primary care: Does patient-centered medical home (PCMH) recognition make a difference? Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM, 29(4), 474-481. doi:10.3122/jabfm.2016.04.160037
Short, A. D. (2010, January/February). Rejected! The ugly truth about hypothesis testing. iSixSigma Magazine, 6(1), 55-57.
Dynan, L., Stein, R., David, G., Kenny, L. C., Eckman, M., & Short, A. D. (2009). Determinants of hospitalist efficiency: A qualitative and quantitative study. Medical Care Research and Review : MCRR, 66(6), 682-702.
Noll, R. B., Reiter-Purtill, J., Vannatta, K., Gerhardt, C. A., & Short, A. (2007). Peer relationships and emotional well-being of children with sickle cell disease: A controlled replication. Child Neuropsychology : A Journal on Normal and Abnormal Development in Childhood and Adolescence, 13(2), 173-187.
Koontz, K., Short, A. D., Kalinyak, K., & Noll, R. B. (2004). A randomized, controlled pilot trial of a school interventio
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Laura L Walden

Professor - Adj, CAHS School of Social Work

French Hall


Laura Walden is an Adjunct professor for the Master of Health Administration Program for the University of Cincinnati; she teaches Emerging Issues, Health Policy and a Capstone course. In addition, she has served as a Financial Analyst for the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and currently serves as a Senior Financial Analyst for Bon Secours Mercy Health in Cincinnati.
Laura has extensive experience in the oversight of projects within the healthcare field including tenures within insurance, and software and academic research. As well as, financial reporting and analysis, budgeting, project management, healthcare cost and quality analysis, pricing and reimbursement, contracting strategy, and client relations. Additionally, she has detailed knowledge of medical and pharmacy claims data; development of financial models and use of advanced illness classification tools to produce sophisticated analysis.
Laura obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Miami University. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Xavier University. She is recognized for her ability to work with diverse clients and staff as an accomplished health care professional with a proven track record in financial reporting, analysis, and process improvements.
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William V Banks

Instructor - Adjunct, LCB Honors PLUS

106 2925 Campus Green Drive


William Banks serves as the VP, Managed care/ Revenue Cycle for St. Elizabeth Healthcare in No. KY - a 1,200 bed, 400 physician multi-site healthcare system sponsored by the Diocese of Covington. In this role, he is responsible for price setting, payor relations and the negotiation of all contracts for facility, professional and ancillary services. Prior to joining St. Elizabeth in January 2009, Banks had a number of roles at Humana and Anthem BCBS; most recently serving as the VP, Network Operations for Humana of Ohio.
Banks holds a Master’s degree in Health Administration from Xavier University and a Masters in Applied Economics from the University of Cincinnati. He currently serves as a Professor of Health Economics and Strategic Success at the University of Cincinnati and has served as a Medical Service Corps officer in the U.S. Army.
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Molly A Rogers

Assistant Professor - Adjunct, LCB Accounting

316 2925 Campus Green Drive


Professor Rogers is a CPA and holds a Masters in Finance which was started at the University of Michigan, and finished at the University of Cincinnati. She graduated from UC with an undergraduate degree in Accounting and spent the next 10 years with Ernst and Young in Audit and Advisory Services. While attending UC she played varsity Tennis. She left Ernst and Young to pursue teaching finance and accounting at the Xavier University MHA Program. After 10 years she left Xavier for St. Elizabeth Healthcare to serve in the Finance Division. While at St. Elizabeth she was the Director of Reimbursement and was involved in many of the accounting functions including cost accounting, budgeting and operations analysis. She also has served for many years as a Board member of Dental Care Plus, Inc., a Dental Insurance company headquartered in Sharonville. After almost 17 years at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, she returned to teach Accounting at UC. Professor Rogers' strong business background as well as interest in operations has lead her to teach Cost Accounting and Managerial Decision Making in the MBA program.
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Teaching Interest
Managerial Accounting, Cost Accounting, NonProfit, Financial Accounting, MBA Decision Making

Research Interest
Applying Accounting and Managerial Concepts to improve health care economics.

Institution: The Christ Hospital
Title: Consultant
Institution: Carmel Manor Nursing Home Board
Title: Chair of Audit committe and finance
Institution: Board of Directors Dental Care Plus, Inc.
Title: Finance and Audit Committee
Institution: Emerson Consulting
Title: Consultant
Institution: St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Title: Senior Director
End Date: 2013-07-31
Institution: Xavier University Masters of Health Administration
Title: Assistant Professor of Finance
End Date: 1998-05-12
Institution: University of Cincinnati
Title: Adjunct Professor
End Date: 1987-12-31
Institution: Ernst and Whinney
Title: staff, senior, manager auditor and consultant
End Date: 1987-08-31
Awards | Honors
Organization: College of Business
Name: Deans List of Teaching Excellence - Spring 2017
Year Received: 2017
Organization: College of Business
Name: Awarded Harold Grilliot Award
Year Received: 2017
Organization: College of Business
Name: Nomintated For the Michael Dean Award for Ouststanding Graduate teaching
Year Received: 2017
Organization: College of Business
Name: Deans List of Teaching Excellence - Fall 2016
Year Received: 2017
Organization: College of Business
Name: Deans List of Teaching Excellence - Summer 2016
Year Received: 2016
Organization: College of Business
Name: Deans List of Teaching Excellence - Spring 2016
Year Received:2016
Organization: College of Business
Name: Nominated for the Harold Grilliot Award for Outstanding Faculty Adivsor
Year Received: 2016
Organization: College of Business
Name: Nominated for the Michael Dean Award for Graduate Teaching
Year Received: 2016
Organization: College of Business
Name: Deans List of Teaching Excellence - Fall 2015
Year Received: 2016
Organization: BETA ALPHA PSI national
Name: BAP Awarded National Outstanding Chapter
Year Received: 2015
Organization: Carl H. Lindner College of Business
Name: Deans List of Teaching Excellence Summer 2015
Year Received: 2015
Organization: Carl H. Lindner College of Business
Name: Deans List of Teaching Excellence Spring 2015