Visiting professor studies U.S. public health

Posted Date: March 4, 2015

Hahm1Over 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. 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,” said Dean Richard Kurz, PhD.

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.

His government service includes membership on the Committee for Cancer Policy, National Cancer Control Institute; the Committee for Evaluating Regional Government, Ministry of Security and Public Administration; and the Committee for Evaluating Policy for National Health Promotion, Korea Health Promotion Foundation.

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 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.