Michael E. Morris, PhD, MPH, MPA

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management


Other Academic/Research/Policy Affiliations

LEND Program Health Administration Discipline Coordinator
Arkansas Public Health Practice Based Research Network (AR-PBRN)
Arkansas Prevention Research Center (PRC)
American Public Health Association: Education Board (2010-2013)
American Public Health Association: Health Administration Section Councilor (2011-2013)
National Board of Public Health Examiners: 2012 CPH Exam Item Writer

Contact Information

Office: COPH 1260
Phone: 501-526-6693


2014- PhD (Health Services Research), University of Florida
2007 – MPA (Analysis & Evaluation), Georgia State University
1996 – MPH (Health Policy & Management), Emory University
1989 – BA (Political Science), Emory University

Research Interests

Public Health Systems & Services Research: Public Health Finance &
Financing: Public Health PBRN research: Healthcare Safety Net Finance & Financing: Performance Improvement: Evidence Based Management

Courses Taught

PBHL 5163: Introduction to Health Systems Financial Management
PBHL 5333: Advanced Health Systems Financial Management
PBHL 5343: Decision Analysis

Recent Publications

  • Gapenski, L., Morris, M., & Honore, P. (2012). Enhancing public health system performance through changes in MPH program content. Journal of Health Administration Education. 29(1), 5-20. “Non PMC Journal.”
  • Bekemeier, B., Dunbar, M., Bryan, M., & Morris, M. (2012). Local health departments and specific maternal child health expenditures: relationship between spending and need. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 18(6), 615-622. PMCID 23023288.
  • Livingood, W., Morris, M., Sorensen, B., Chapman, K., Rivera, L., Beitsch, L., Street, P., Coughlin, S., Smotherman, C., Wood, D. (2013) Revenue sources for essential services in Florida: findings and implications for organizing and funding public health. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 14(4), 371-378. PMCID 23417032.
  • Hoornbeek, J., Morris, M., Stefanak, M. Filia, J., Pradhan, R., Smith, S., (2014 in press) The impacts of local health department consolidation on public health expenditures: evidence from Ohio. American Journal of Public Health.In Press.