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POST DATE 8/10/2016
END DATE 10/10/2016

University of Kentucky Lexington, KY

Lexington, KY
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Bachelors Degree



The University of Kentucky invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy, to lead a multi-disciplinary academic department within the CEPH-accredited College of Public Health focused on building scientific evidence and cultivating a next-generation workforce needed to improve health care delivery, population health, and health equity. The Department comprises 11 full-time primary faculty who lead successful research centers and programs devoted to public health systems and policy, rural health services, addiction health services, health economics, and health systems reform. Educational offerings include the Master of Public Health (MPH) and Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degrees with concentrations in health management and policy, a Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) accredited Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree, and a college-wide Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) degree. In FY2016, department faculty guided $20.6 million in collaborative research and $1.8 million in primary research funding. Department faculty consult regularly on implementation and evaluation of the state s Medicaid and health system reforms and on regional health initiatives spanning Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, and the larger Appalachian region. To learn more about the College of Public Health and the Department of Health Management and Policy, visit:

We seek a visionary chair to align and leverage the substantial scientific and educational expertise found within the Department and College along with numerous relevant academic centers on campus, including the Center for Health Services Research, Martin School for Public Policy, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, Gatton College of Business and Economics, Poverty Research Center, Markey Cancer Center, and many others. The department seeks a chair who can increase the national visibility and prominence of the department s research and educational programs, particularly in emerging priority areas such as patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), comparative effectiveness research (CER), population health management, behavioral health economics, and health systems transformation. The successful candidate will advance the department s capabilities in translating and disseminating scientific evidence for use by clinical, administrative, and policy decision-makers in Kentucky and beyond.

The responsibilities of the chair include:
* Recruit, develop, and retain a talented core faculty and staff as well as affiliated faculty who contribute to the department s educational and research mission, with a particular focus on mentoring early and mid-career investigators in health services research to help them advance within the field;
* Cultivate core lines of scientific inquiry to be pursued by the department in close alignment with the health needs and priorities of patients and populations served by the university and its clinical enterprise, the information needs of health professionals and public policy officials, and the expertise of affiliated faculty and research collaborators;
* Lead the development and growth of educational programs within the department at undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral levels and ensure synergy with the department s research and service missions;
* Serve as the primary liaison for the department to other relevant academic units and research centers across the university and its clinical enterprise, particularly in the social and behavioral sciences, biomedical and health sciences, business, law, and public policy;
* Strengthen infrastructure required for successful interdisciplinary research in health policy and health services, including clinical data and informatics resources, methodological support, delivery system relationships, and communication and dissemination mechanisms;
* Maintain productive relationships with federal and nonfederal extramural funding agencies that position the department s faculty investigators to compete successfully for research funding, particularly in the growing fields of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative effectiveness research (CER).
* Manage and grow the department s base of financial resources to advance its educational, scientific, and service missions.

Applicants should have a PhD or professional doctoral degree in a health or social science discipline relevant to health management and policy. Successful candidates should have extensive experience in leading health policy and health services research in academic, private, clinical, and/or government settings, and a strong record of extramural research funding and scientific publications. Excellence in teaching, faculty and student mentoring, and success in developing and administering educational programs, or the clear potential for success, is also required. Successful candidate should have experience sufficient to qualify for faculty appointment at the rank of full professor or associate professor with tenure within the department.

Compensation will be competitive and aligned with the experience and accountabilities associated with this administrative position. Please include along with application:
1) Current Curriculum Vitae
2) Cover Letter (upload under Cover Letter)
3) Contact information for three references (upload under Specific Request 1)

The University of Kentucky is an equal opportunity institution committed to diversity and inclusion in its faculty, staff, students and volunteers. Women and individuals from under-represented racial, ethnic, social and economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Located in the picturesque and dynamic Bluegrass region of central Kentucky, The University of Kentucky is one of only eight public land-grant universities containing the full array of medicine and health sciences colleges, agriculture, engineering, business, law, and arts and sciences colleges on a single integrated campus.







The University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus. Any candidate offered this position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.