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Executive in Residence

The Executive in Residence (EIR) program in the John D. Bower School of Population Health presents opportunities to faculty, staff, and students to develop meaningful relationships with senior leaders from a range of industries. The EIR program invites executives to lead workshops and lectures, coach, mentor, and connect with SOPH and other University of Mississippi Medical Center constituents. From the program's introduction in 2019, participants have gained perspective on how the industry functions beyond patient care in a hospital room. For more information on the EIR program, please contact the Office of the Dean by email at


In February 2020, the SOPH welcomed Humana advisor and John D. Bower School of Population Health executive in residence, Heidi Margulis. 

Heidi Margulis instructs class.

Margulis, chief corporate affairs officer at Humana until 2019 and now a senior advisor for the company and its Foundation spent the week with UMMC discussing her career in population health, specifically her experiences in the business and the application of population health strategies. Margulis, pictured right, speaks at a fireside chat facilitated by Dr. Michelle Owens, UMMC professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

Margulis overviewed her work with health economics, preventive care, and the company's insurance plans offered to enrollees - Mississippians among those the company provides insurance plans. As part of research and development, Margulis discussed her work on Humana's population health program the "Bold Goal" which aims to improve the health communities they serve by 20 percent by 2020 and beyond.

Read more about Heidi Margulis' executive in residence visit here.