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Press Release for Friday, February 1, 2013

Public Health Educator Makes List of 100 Great Health Administration Professors

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

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Dr. Jeffrey Harrison, associate professor in the Department of Public Health in the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida, was ranked as a top professor in the 2013 List of 100 Great Health Administration Professors by MHA Guide, a health administration career guide.  


“Jeff is an excellent faculty member whose expertise, scholarly work and administrative acumen have elevated him to this high professional level,” said Dr. Pam Chally, dean of the Brooks College of Health at UNF. 


The criteria for the 100 Great Health Administration Professors was based on the personal achievements and leadership positions of the individuals selected, as well as the reputation of their respective institutions. Rankings of the top 100 aren’t numbered or in any particular order because all of the professors and academic leaders have a great impact on their field and are top professors and leaders at their respective school. 

Harrison, an Intracoastal West resident, serves as chair of the Department of Public Health and has administrative responsibility for the undergraduate and graduate programs in health administration, public health, mental health counseling and geriatric management. He is an associate professor in the Health Administration Program, where he teaches strategic planning, health care finance and health information technology.  


Harrison has been a faculty member at UNF since 2002, after retiring as Commander in the Navy Medical Service Corp, where he spent 23 years managing Navy health care facilities. He has more than 25 years experience in the health care industry, providing professional development seminars on a wide range of topics. Harrison recently published a book, “Essentials of Strategic Planning in Healthcare,” and has published extensively in the areas of change management, health care technology and corporate compliance. 


He has received several awards, including the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) Senior Health Care Executive Regents Award and the ACHE Service Award. He serves on the board of directors of the Northern Florida Chapter of the American College of Health Care Executives and on the ACHE Regents Advisory Council. Additionally, he has served as faculty adviser for the UNF Health Administration Student Association.  


Harrison is a credentialed health care executive and fellow of the ACHE; member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association; Medical Group Management Association; and the Academy of Health. He earned a Ph.D. in Health Services Organization and Research and a Masters of Hospital and Health Administration, both from Virginia Commonwealth University, Medial College of Virginia Campus. He also received a Master of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary. 


MHA Guide is an independent online publisher focused on health care administration careers and programs. The publication was founded in 2009 and has grown to provide more than 50,000 visitors per year information regarding health care administration careers, degrees and professional advice. MHA Guide has developed the largest online directory of health care administration-focused programs in the world and continues to grow.  


The Department of Public Health in the Brooks College of Health offers a wide variety of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The primary goal of the programs in the Department of Public Health is to prepare students to successfully practice their profession in relevant healthcare and other related settings. 


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.