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Date: Aug 04, 2011
New Director for Master of Health Administration Program
Dr. Julie Agris brings wide-ranging experience to MHA program
Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y. -- Dr. Julie Agris, a health care attorney with a doctoral degree in health policy who has worked in government, academia and private industry, has been named Director of the Master of Health Administration program and will become a full-time faculty member in the Department of Health Professions and Kinesiology.
Dr. Agris, who has been corporate compliance director and privacy officer at North Shore-LIJ Health System, an adjunct professor at Hofstra since July 2008 and a faculty member of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, took on her new post Aug. 1. She holds a law degree from American University, a Master of Laws in Health Law from the University of Houston and a doctorate in Health Policy from Brandeis University.
“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to offer my background as an asset to the students of Hofstra’s MHA program,” Dr. Agris said. “I look forward to continuing to support our students’ enthusiastic efforts to make meaningful contributions to the improvement of patient care during such a significant time in the development of our health care system.”
With a wide-ranging professional background that mixes corporate, public policy and provider experience, Dr. Agris has a grasp of the challenges facing health care providers and policymakers. She has served as Legislative Counsel to the Vermont General Assembly, as General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. She also was a Vice President and General Counsel of Vantage Holding Company, LLC, a large consortium of hospitals based in Pennsylvania.
“With her breadth of experience and understanding of health policy from a variety of perspectives,” said SOEHHS Dean Nancy Halliday, “Dr. Agris is the ideal person to run our Master of Health Administration program and train the next generation of health professionals.”
Dr. Corinne Kyriacou, associate professor of community health, assistant chair of the Department of Health Professions and Kinesiology and interim director of the MHA program agreed.
“Dr. Agris brings both academic rigor and practical experience to the MHA program – her expertise and corporate insight into health law issues and the impact of new policy reforms will have on health facilities will serve our students extremely well, Dr. Kyriacou said.
Hofstra University’s MHA program is a 45-48 credit course of study designed for aspiring and committed professionals interested in leadership positions in health services administration in a variety of settings, such as as hospitals, managed care organizations, medical group practices, ambulatory, long-term care, and home health care facilities, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, consulting firms, government, for profit, and nonprofit sector organizations. The program is a vibrant, comprehensive, well-connected program with more than 125 students, 650 alumni and faculty with expertise in management theories, organizational behavior and policy analysis who hold top executive positions in area health care organizations.
Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution where students can choose from more than 150 undergraduate and 160 graduate programs in liberal arts and sciences, business, communication, education and allied health services and honor studies, as well as a School of Law and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.