Education

 

PhD, Industrial Engineering: Operations Research/Decision Science

University of Wisconsin, Madison

 

MS, Industrial Engineering: Health Systems

University of Wisconsin, Madison

 

MS, Industrial Engineering

University of Wisconsin, Madison

 

Dr. Sarah Wackerbarth is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy. She is currently Director of Graduate Studies for the Master of Public Health Program, and teaches courses in both the Master of Public Health and Master of Health Administration programs. Her research focuses on improving the process of care and decision making in health care settings, and she has published over two dozen studies on decision making and process improvement. Dr. Wackerbarth also holds a graduate certificate in Gerontology.

Education

 

PhD, Economics

Vanderbilt University

 

BA, Accounting

Dordt College

 

Dr. Teresa M. Waters is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy and Associate Dean for Research. She is also the Charles T. Wethington, Jr. ,Endowed Chair in the Health Sciences. A health economist, her research focuses on health care financing and health policy. She is especially interested in innovations in health care delivery and payment, and has several funded research projects that focus on the implementation and impact of “value-based payment” polices.

Dr. Waters joined the UK College of Public Health in December 2017. Prior to joining UK, she served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC-Memphis). She was a faculty member at UTHSC for 18 years. Prior to her tenure at UTHSC, she was a research associate professor and Deputy Director at the Institute for Health Services Research and Policy Studies at Northwestern University (1992 – 2000). In this position, she was responsible for managing the Institute’s budget, overseeing faculty research, and leading strategic planning efforts.  She also served as PI on numerous grants and taught health economics in the Department of Economics.

Education

 

DrPH, Health Services Management

University of Kentucky

 

MBA 

Morehead State Unviversity

 

BA, Accounting

Morehead State University

 

Dr. Paula Arnett is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy. She also serves as Associate Dean for Administration and Interim Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs. Throughout her career she has worked to identify rural health disparities, improve the health of populations, and improve access to medical providers in rural areas. Prior to joining the College of Public Health, she was an Instructor in Leadership in Rural and Underserved Healthcare at the UK College of Medicine and an advisor for the Rural Physician Leadership Program. Dr. Arnett has published research based on findings from the Rural Physician Leadership Program, and in the areas of health disparities and rural health. She is particularly interested in the funding of, services provided by, and outcomes of local health departments across the state of Kentucky. She has also been active in the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) program,  a community-involved initiative to gather ideas and develop goals for improving the Eastern Kentucky region. Dr. Arnett's professional memberships include: the Kentucky Public Health Research Network, the Kentucky Cancer Consortium, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the American Public Health Association, the Kentucky Rural Health Association, and the National Rural Health Association.

Education

 

MA, Communication
American University, School of Communication

 

BA, History / English
Centre College

 

 

Allison Elliott-Shannon has worked at the University of Kentucky since 2003, including nine years in UK Public Relations and Marketing. She has extensive experience writing about science and health care, managing media relations, and building communication operations. As Communications Director for the College of Public Health she leads the development and implementation of communication strategies for all internal and external audiences. She oversees social media, branding, marketing and promotional materials, web content, copywriting, and publications including Catalyst, the magazine of the College. In addition to her BA and MA degrees, Allison holds certificates from the Lobbying, Campaign Management, and Women & Politics Institutes at the American University School of Public Affairs. She is currently a PhD student in higher education policy at UK. In 2018 Allison received the Distinguished Service Scholar Award from and was named an Emerging Leader by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III. She is a 2019 graduate of the UK Women's Executive Leadership Development (WELD) program.

 

 

Education

 

PhD, Epidemiology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

MSPH, Biostatistics and Epidemiology
University of South Florida

BSN
University of South Florida

 

Dr. Donna K. Arnett is Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology.  Prior to her appointment at UK in 2016, Dr. Arnett was Associate Dean and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. With 24 years of continuous NIH funding, Dr. Arnett studies genes related to hypertensive disorders and organ damage that results from hypertension -- an interest she developed early in her career while working as a clinical research nurse. A past president of the American Heart Association (AHA), she has led the AHA's Research Committee and Scientific Publishing Committee. Dr. Arnett is also an elected fellow of the AHA, the American College of Epidemiology, and the American Epidemiological Society. She has more than 20 years of experience leading the recruitment and oversight of large, multi-site cohort studies, including the Minnesota Heart Survey and the NIH-sponsored clinical study "The Genetics of Lipid Lowering and Diet Network" (GOLDN). Dr. Arnett has published more than 600 peer-reviewed papers and two books. In 2017 she received the Population Research Prize from the American Heart Association. In 2019 she was named a World Expert in Hypertension by Expertscape, a recognition earned by being in the top 0.076 percent of scholars writing about hypertension over the past ten years..