Michael Morris joined the faculty of the Department of Healthcare Policy, Economics & Management at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler in August of 2019. Dr. Morris’ research focuses on organizational and systems level finance and operations management. His current work is directed in two areas, the first is understanding the influence of value-based payment reforms on hospital financial and quality performance. The second area of interest is the influence of health information technology and information exchange on improving the quality of care particularly at the transition between hospitals and long-term care facilities. His previously funded work has looked at the development of the healthcare finance workforce, the influence of consolidation on health department expenditures, and the influence of different revenue streams on health department performance.

His teaching activities include courses in healthcare finance and for the MHA program. He holds professional certification in healthcare finance (CHFP) and is a member of the HFMA's national Board of Examiners, which oversees all HFMA's certification programs. He was a member of the inaugural class to earn certification in public health (CPH) and was selected by the National Board of Public Health Examiners to be the finance specialist for drafting the 2012 Certified Public Health (CPH) Exam.

Dr. Morris is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and uses this experience to mentor students in conducting applied performance improvement projects. He is a member of the American Public Health Association, a former section councilor for the Health Administration Section and a past member of APHA’s national Education Board. Dr. Morris is a past recipient of the Health Administration Section service award. He was previously on faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Fay W Boozman College of Public Health. Prior to moving in to academia, Morris had a 20+ year career in healthcare management and management consulting.

Education & Training

University of Florida PhD, Health Services Research, 2014

Georgia State University
MPA, Policy & Evaluation, 2007

Emory University
MPH, Health Policy & Management, 1996

Emory University
BA, Political Science, 1989

Courses Taught

HPEM 6310 Public Health Finance
HPEM 6311 Reimbursement & Budgeting

Research Interest

Value based payment models
Productivity measurement
Applied quality improvement
Influence of information systems on quality
Geographic variation in health services
Public Health Systems and Services Research