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May 25, 2010

Mueller named head of health management and policy at UI

Keith Mueller, Ph.D., has been named the head of the Department of Health Management and Policy in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, where he has also been named the Gerhard Hartman Professor. The appointment will be effective May 28.

Mueller previously was professor and chair in the Department of Health Services Research and Administration at the College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center.

"Dr. Mueller is widely regarded as one of the top rural health researchers in the United States," said Sue Curry, dean of the UI College of Public Health. "Through his research and policy work, he has had profound impact on the policy and health care community at the state and national levels and is positioned to bring our highly regarded department to new levels of achievement."

Mueller will replace Barry Greene, Ph.D., who is stepping down after serving as department head since 2005.

"I would also like to thank Dr. Barry Greene for his committed leadership of the Department of Health Management and Policy," Curry said. "He has been a strong champion for the department's faculty, staff, students and alumni."

Mueller's research interests include rural health policy analysis, access to care among the uninsured and managed care. He currently serves as director of the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis and chair of the RUPRI Rural Health Panel; both appointments will transfer with Mueller to the UI.

"I am excited to join the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa as it begins a second decade of high-quality teaching, research and service," Mueller said. "I look forward to building on the strengths of one of the nation's premier masters in health administration programs and working with one of the highest ranked universities in rural health."

Mueller received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a doctorate in political science from the University of Arizona.

His previous appointments have included positions as director of the Nebraska Center for Rural Health Research and president of the National Rural Health Association. He has served on the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services and the Advisory Panel on Medicare Education for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, both in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Mueller has published more than 70 scholarly articles in health services and has directed major health services studies funded by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

PHOTOS: A high-res photo of Mueller is available by contacting

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications and External Relations, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

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