Doctor of Health Administration - Online

Faculty and Staff - Doctor of Health Administration Online

 

Jessica H. Bailey, PhD, RHIA, CCS

Dr. Bailey earned the master of arts and doctor of philosophy in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). She is a RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator) and CCS (Certified Coding Specialist).

Prior to moving into academia, Bailey served six years as the director of health information at Doctors Hospital in Jackson. She then served as program director of a health information technology program at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and as Director of a Fellowship Program for Family Medicine residents in Columbia, Missouri at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. She has served in several roles at UMMC: as Director of Medical Education for the Department of Medicine and as Director of Education for the Graduate Medicine Education Office, as assistant dean and associate dean for academic affairs at SHRP, and currently serves as the dean of the School of Health Related Professions.

 

Cindy Dishongh, MHS, RHIA

She earned the master of health science degree from Mississippi College and her undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She is a RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator).

Dishongh has over 30 years of health care experience and currently serves as the executive vice president for business development and ancillary services at River Oaks Hospital. She previously served as chief operating officer for Health Management Associates at River Oaks Hospital, Crossgates River Oaks Hospital and Woman's Hospital and chief executive officer for Crossgates River Oaks Hospital.

Elizabeth Franklin, PhD

Dr. Franklin earned the doctor of philosophy in educational leadership and the master of science in secondary education (modern foreign languages) from the University of Mississippi. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Franklin worked as a Spanish instructor at the secondary and community college levels for 22 years prior to coming to the University of Mississippi Medical Center as an information technology solutions strategist. Currently, she serves as the director of continuing health professional education.

 

Ellen Jones, PhD

Dr. Jones earned the doctor of philosophy in clinical health sciences from the University of Mississippi and the master of science in community health education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She earned her undergraduate degree from Springfield College in Springfield, MA.

Jones was the director of health promotion for the Mississippi State Department of Health and worked in the Office of Planning and Policy. She served as an associate editor for Health Promotion Practice for eight years. She consults with health policy, public health and clinical entities at the national, state and local levels.

Rob McElhaney, PhD, CPA

Dr. McElhaney earned the doctor of philosophy in educational administration, master of professional accountancy, and undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a certified public accountant.

McElhaney has served as the chief financial officer for the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation and currently serves as assistant comptroller and chief internal control officer at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. 

Mitzi Norris, PhD, MT(ASCP), SM(NRCM)

Dr. Norris earned the doctor of philosophy in educational leadership from the University of Mississippi and the master of science in microbiology from the Mississippi University for Women (MUW). She also earned her undergraduate degree from the MUW. She is a registered medical technologist and has specialist certification in microbiology.

Norris worked in labs for many years before changing to hospital education. She was the education director for the South Central VA Health Care Network that included 10 medical centers. At the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Norris serves as the executive director of academic effectiveness for the campus.

 

T. Richard Roberson, JD

He earned his doctor of jurisprudence at the University of Mississippi. He completed clerkships in both circuit and chancery courts in Mississippi. His undergraduate degree is from Baylor University.

Roberson is an attorney at Bradley, Arant, Boult, Cummings, LLC. His health care practice is focused in the areas of state and federal compliance and government affairs. Roberson has served the Mississippi Division of Medicaid as special assistant to the executive director and served the Office of the Attorney General as chief general counsel/special assistant attorney general for both the Division of Medicaid as well as the Mississippi Department of Education. 

Brian Rutledge, PhD

Dr. Rutledge earned the doctor of philosophy in clinical health sciences at the University of Mississippi. He earned his master of health services administration degree from Mississippi College as well as his undergraduate degree.

Rutledge has served as the Manager of Emergency Services (Emergency Medicine), Manager of Business Operations (Medicine), and the Director of Accreditation and Assessment (School of Medicine). He currently serves as chief of staff to the vice chancellor for health affairs.

Susan Taylor, PhD

Dr. Taylor earned the doctor of philosophy and master of science in economics from the Louisiana State University. She earned bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees from Blue Mountain College.

Taylor has served at Millsaps since August of 1992 where she currently holds the Selby and Richard D. McRae Chair of Business Administration in the Else School of Management. Prior to coming to Millsaps, she taught at Kansas State University.