Suzanne Havala Hobbs

During her stay at the Centre Virchow-Villermé in Paris, Suzanne Havala Hobbs produced an online course (MOOC) on the subject of Implementation science: “The main objective of this five-week course is to introduce the participants to the to the field of Implementation science, and to provide them with hands-on training in the problem-solving strategies and analytical competencies they need. The course is interdisciplinary in nature and integrates qualitative and quantitative methodologies from various disciplines”, is how Prof. Hobbs describes her course.

Suzanne Havala Hobbs is Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management and Department of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina). She heads the Master program “Master of Healthcare Administration”, which is tailored to mid and high-level healthcare administrators. She possesses extensive experience in the spheres of health management and online teaching, in addition to food and nutrition policy (national and international); she also serves as an advisor on health policy issues.

She is a member of the “Council on Accreditation of Health Management Education (CAHME)”, advisor to the “European Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA)” and counsels the “Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)” on issues pertaining to doctoral level academic programs.

Her professional interests focus on the spheres of public and global health, with the aim of implementing sustainable programs and political measures in the healthcare sector. She is particularly interested in e-learning. With support from the Rockefeller Foundation and utilizing a model developed by the University of North-Carolina, she is developing a pan-African doctoral program to advance the concept of leadership in the healthcare sector. Furthermore, in cooperation with the associations CAHME and APHEA she addresses issues related to the accreditation of online courses and worldwide university programs in the healthcare sector. In her field of expertise ‘nutrition’, she has published 14 books and numerous articles in which she offers practical recommendations to the public at large. She firmly believes that a global perspective is required in order to achieve a well-functioning local health system.

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