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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.


  • 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

Research Interests

  • Organizational change
  • Process improvement
  • Patient safety
  • Patient decision making
  • Health provider decision making