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Kristin M. Halvarson, M.H.A.’10

Kristin Halvarson is the executive director at Community Health Services Inc. in Moorhead, MN. She recently received the 2014 Outstanding Young Alumni honor at Minnesota State University, Moorhead.

— Alumni Relations

Jami S. Haberl, M.P.H.’03, M.H.A.’03

Jami Haberl recently was named executive director of the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, a privately led public initiative intended to inspire Iowans and their communities to improve their health and happiness. The community-focused effort is using the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® to measure progress toward the goal of making Iowa the healthiest state in the nation […]

— Alumni Relations

William H. Koller, M.H.A.’14, M.S.Ed.

Mr. Koller accepted a position as a decision support analyst with Marshalltown, IA, Medical and Surgical Center. He was previously working as a senior functional analyst with General Dynamics Information Technology in West Des Moines.

— Alumni Relations

Eric B. Johnson, PA-C’98

Eric Johnson celebrated his 16th year with Ogden Clinic in Utah. He started working there after graduating from DMU. He also recently finished the Utah Extreme Seven Series, the seven 100-mile ultra endurance runs in Utah, in one calendar year. He is the first person ever to achieve this accomplishment.

— Alumni Relations

MHA faculty earns prestigious credential

Richard Belloff, D.B.A., assistant professor in DMU’s master of health care administration (M.H.A.) program, recently was awarded fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an international professional society of more than 40,000 health care executives who lead hospitals, health care systems and other health care organizations. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential to signify board certification in health care management. Ann York, Ph.D., P.T., associate professor […]

— Barb Boose

PA students go big, take prize in volunteering

Given the intense curriculum and non-stop schedule of students in DMU’s physician assistant program, they could be rightfully expected to hoard any spare moments of down time for zoned-out sleep. Not so: Despite the high rigor and relentless pace of their academic pursuits, last year members of the PA Class of 2015 set a new record for the most volunteer hours per student. They also scorched their competition – their PA […]

— Barb Boose

Grant R. Koster, M.S.P.T.’01, ATC, CSCS, FACHE

Mr. Koster was promoted to vice president of clinical operations for Athletico Physical Therapy (www.athletico.com). In 2014, he  became a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and also an alumnus of Northwestern’s Kellogg Business School after completing the executive scholars program in leadership and management. He is currently part of the executive […]

— Alumni Relations

DMU, Drake University partner on Pharm.D., M.P.H. dual degree

Des Moines University and the Drake University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (CPHS) have partnered to offer a combined Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Health degree. The partnership will allow graduates who want to promote health within the broader health care system to utilize an understanding of population health and the health […]

— Jordan Bahnsen

Blessy Varghese Peacedale, M.H.A.’14

Blessy Varghese Peacedale was named risk and compliance coordinator at the Marshalltown, IA, Medical and Surgical Center. For her MHA capstone project, she had worked on projects with a department leader at the center; she then completed a three-month internship there, working on a variety of projects in different administrative areas. Previously a practicing physician […]

— Alumni Relations

M.H.A. and M.P.H. programs praised as “pioneers” in utilizing Desire2Learn Insights

It’s no news that Des Moines University’s master of health care administration and master of public health programs continue to provide high quality education, but now they have another feather in their caps. According to John Gilhuly, senior project manager at Desire2Learn (D2L), these programs are “pioneers” in utilizing D2L’s curriculum mapping and student learning […]

— Jordan Bahnsen