Visiting professor studies U.S. public health

Myung-Il HahmOver the next year, a professor from South Korea will be immersing himself in Fort Worth culture and the way that public health is taught in the United States.

As part of his sabbatical studies from Soonchunhyang University in Seoul, South Korea, Myung-Il Hahm, PhD, MPH, has joined the UNTHSC School of Public Health as a Visiting Scholar through February 2016.

Dr. Hahm serves as Associate Professor of Health Administration and Management in the College of Medical Science at his home university and has a special interest in learning how health care management graduate programs are structured in the U.S.

“Welcoming Dr. Hahm to our team is a great cultural exchange for the UNTHSC School of Public Health, in that we all have much to share with each other,” Dean Richard Kurz, PhD, said.

“One of the goals of our program is to help students gain a well-rounded, global public health perspective, giving them a look into the issues and challenges of other countries and health care systems around the world, and we look forward to learning from Dr. Hahm.”

Dr. Hahm is a board member of the Korean Society of Hospital Administration and an editorial board member of the Korean Society of Health Policy and Administration.

Dr. Hahm’s research interests are social epidemiology, hospital management and health policy. His funded research projects and publications over the years have focused on topics related to disparity in cancer screening, allergic disease, health care utilization and access to care. He has also has conducted research on patient trust, the gap between physicians and the public in satisfaction, and physician job satisfaction and trust under South Korea’s National Health Insurance system.

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