Faculty/Staff Accolades & Publications Spring 2022

March 2022


Andrew McCart inducted as ACHE board-certified healthcare executive

HMSS Faculty member Andrew McCart, PhD, MBA, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Health Management Programs, successfully completed the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Board of Governors examination. During the 2022 ACHE Congress in March, he will be inducted as a board-certified healthcare executive and ACHE Fellow. For those attending the upcoming Congress, please offer your congratulations to him for this accomplishment.

McCart also was recently interviewed by Becker’s Healthcare Podcast. He talked about UofL’s health management program, trends that he is currently watching, and offered advice for other leaders. Listen now

Chris Johnson appointed to Defense Health Board Public Health Subcommittee

Chris Johnson, PhD, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Health Management and Systems Sciences, was appointed by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to serve a four-year term as a member of the Defense Health Board (DHB) Public Health Subcommittee.  The DHB is a Federal Advisory Committee that provides independent advice and recommendations to maximize the safety and quality of accessible healthcare for Department of Defense (DoD) healthcare beneficiaries.


"Circulating MicroRNAs, Polychlorinated Biphenyls, and Environmental Liver Disease in the Anniston Community Health Survey"

The Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics’ Christina Pinkston PhD(c), MS, Biostatistician IV, and Shesh N. Rai, PhD, Professor, collaborated with Matthew Cave, MD, Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Toxicology, UofL School of Medicine, with funding granted to Cave from the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) RIVER Program. Recently, an article co-authored by Cave, Pinkston, Rai, including co-authors from UofL, NIH/NIEHS, CDC, and EPA was published in Environmental Health Perspectives. “Circulating MicroRNAs, Polychlorinated Biphenyls, and Environmental Liver Disease in the Anniston Community Health Survey” correlated liver-related microRNAs with several outcomes including environmentally induced liver disease, environmental toxins, inflammatory biomarkers, and insulin resistance biomarkers. Among the candidate microRNAs, miR-122-5p showed the strongest associations within all categories.

This work builds on prior findings by the research team, also co-authored by Pinkston and Rai, demonstrating associations with inflammatory biomarkers and necrotic liver disease, as well as confirming a novel biomarker to identify necrotic liver disease..

SPHIS faculty, alumni publish in Frontiers in Public Health Policy and Pedagogy in Health Promotion

David Johnson, PhD, MPH, CPH, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health Management and Systems Sciences, is lead author on an article in Frontiers in Public Health Policy. In the article, “The Influence of Public Health Faculty on College and University Plans During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” the research team found that college and university fall plans may have been influenced by the presence of CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health, and/or the input of their faculty. Co-authors included SPHIS alumni Meredith Cahill and Sarah E. Walsh; Sara Choate, PhD(c), MSEd, Instructor, Dept. of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, and David Roelfs, Department of Sociology, UofL College of Arts and Sciences.

The team concluded the influence of relevant faculty expertise on institutional decision-making can help inform college and university responses to future crises. SPHIS alumna Sarah E. Walsh, PhD, CHES, was recently interviewed by the Higher Ed Dive regarding this publication.  

Johnson also published in Pedagogy in Health Promotion. The article, "Student Evaluation Using an Intellectual Standards Rubric for Critical Thinking,” is a follow-up to an earlier publication which was selected for the “2019 Best of Pedagogy in Health Promotion Article Collection.” The researchers described the development and use of a formative and generalizable rubric that leverages the Paul-Elder model for critical thinking. The team found when used consistently, this Intellectual Standards Rubric for Critical Thinking (ISRCT) provides regular and specific insight to students about strengths and weaknesses, related to critical thinking, that are reflected in their work. Co-authors include SPHIS alumna Rishtya Kakar, MD, MPH, PhD, retired SPHIS faculty member and associate dean, Pete Walton, MD, and Robin Zahndt, program manager in the UofL Delphi Center for Learning and Teaching.

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