Faculty members in the Department of Health Management and Informatics have interests and expertise in most every area of contemporary research related to health care.

Research Interests

Latarsha Chisholm, Ph.D., M.S.W.

  • Long-term care
  • aging
  • quality of care
  • disparities
  • implementation and dissemination of innovations

Kendall Cortelyou-Ward, Ph.D.

  • scholarship of teaching and learning
  • health care workforce
  • health care informatics
  • health information exchange

Thomas Falen, DHSc, M.A., RHIA

  • medical coding systems
  • quality management in health care
  • electronic surveillance systems to prevent hospital acquired conditions (HACs) -

Myron Fottler, Ph.D., M.B.A.

  • health care human resources management
  • health care customer service and marketing
  • retail medicine
  • health care strategic management
  • health reform
  • medical tourism

Varadraj Gurupur, Ph.D.

  • Decision Support Systems for Healthcare
  • Semantic Web Technology
  • Software Engineering Healthcare Information Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
  • Education Enhancement Systems

Su-I Hou, Ph.D, C.P.H., M.C.H.E.S., R.N.

  • Cancer prevention and screening promotion
  • HIV/AIDS behavioral research
  • eHealth communication and promotion
  • Healthy aging in place
  • Community-based health promotion programs for older adults
  • Guided autobiography for older adults and caregivers

Aaron Liberman, Ph.D., L.H.R.M.

  • Health Care Risk Management
  • strategic planning
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Financial Management

Xinliang "Albert" Liu, Ph.D.

  • quality of care
  • Complications following surgical procedures
  • health finance
  • ambulatory surgery centers
  • health insurers

Donna Malvey, Ph.D., M.H.S.A.

  • retail medicine and retail medicine clinics
  • electronic records and private sector initiatives
  • health care leadership
  • health care strategy
  • health care unions
  • health care reform
  • mobile health technologies
  • health care human resources management

Alice Noblin, Ph.D., RHIA, CCS

  • Personal health records (PHR)
  • Electronic health records (EHR)
  • Health Information Exchange (HIE)
  • patient engagement
  • health literacy

Dawn Oetjen, Ph.D., M.H.A.

  • leadership
  • health care "customer" satisfaction (patient
  • decision-making
  • scholarship of teaching and learning
  • ethics

Reid Oetjen, Ph.D.

  • health care leadership
  • geriatric and long-term care
  • health care quality
  • cultural competency
  • human resources

Bernardo Ramirez, M.D., MBA

  • global health care management
  • quality and health care outcomes
  • health management education/training

Timothy Rotarius, Ph.D., MBA

  • health care strategy
  • health care reform
  • health care finance
  • health care management

Lynn Unruh, Ph.D., RN, LHRM

  • nurse staffing and patient outcomes in hospitals and nursing homes
  • measuring nurse staffing
  • improving the nursing work environment
  • assessing and forecasting healthcare workforce supply and demand
  • the global healthcare workforce
  • impact of globalization on health

Amanda Walden, M.S.H.S.A, RHIA, CHDA

  • Medical Records
  • EHR
  • Privacy

Thomas Wan, Ph.D., M.H.S.

  • health services management research
  • outcomes evaluation
  • health informatics
  • long-term care research
  • gerontological health
  • policy informatics research
  • Population health science

Lawrence West, Ph.D., M.B.A.

  • geographic information systems
  • information economics
  • decision support systems
  • electronic commerce
  • government information systems

Current/Recent Grants

Evans CMS Evaluation
PI: Latarsha Chisholm, Ph.D. (with Co-PI Vanessa Lopez-Littleton)
$40,000, 1/1/2015-8/31/2017
Children’s Home Society of Florida

CREATION Health Principles Integration
PI: Thomas Wan, Ph.D.
$165,000, 8/23/15-8/23/16
Florida Hospital

Culture Change Adoption in Nursing Homes: From the Residents’ Perspective
PI: Latarsha Chisholm, Ph.D.
$7,500, 5/1/2015-4/29/2016
UCF Office of Research and Commercialization (In-House Grant)

Impact of Health Literacy on Senior Citizen Engagement in Healthcare IT Usage
PI: Alice Noblin, Ph.D.
$7,500, 5/1/2015-4/29/2016
UCF Office of Research and Commercialization (In-House Grant)

Impact of the Timing and Sequencing of Physical Therapy on the Overall Healthcare Costs in New York State
PI: Xinliang “Albert” Liu, Ph.D. (with Co-PIs William Hanney, Michael Masaracchio [Long Island University] and Latarsha Chisholm)
$280,808, 4/21/2014-4/20/2016
New York Physical Therapy Association

A Study of Physical Therapist-Provided Medicare Services
PI: Xinliang “Albert” Liu, Ph.D. (with Co-PI Reid Oetjen)
$7,983, 4/1/2015-3/31/2016
Center for Innovative Healthcare, Inc.

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