• Position: Professor, Health Administration Programs
    Director, Master of Health Administration Program
  • Department: School of Health Sciences
  • Campus Address: Rowe Hall 208
  • Phone: 989-774-1196
  • Email: kerrj1bj@cmich.edu
  • Area(s) of Expertise: Population Health, Health Informatics, Health Education, Community Health, Leadership


  • DHA 704: Population Health 
  • DHA 705: Seminar in Public Health 
  • DHA 716: Communication in Health Organizations
  • DHA 722: Health Informatics
  • DHA 725: Seminar in Strategic Planning for Health Organizations
  • DHA 726: Applied Leadership
  • HSC 570: Financial Aspects of Health Services Finance
  • HSC 317: Community Health

Degrees and Universities:

Bachelor of Science: East Tennessee State University, 1971; Health Education
Master of Public Health: University of Oklahoma, 1974; Health Administration
Master of Health Administration: Washington University-Saint Louis, 1988
Master of Business Administration: Washington University-Saint Louis, 1988
Master of Information Management: Washington University-Saint Louis, 1988
Graduate Interdisciplinary Certificate in Gerontology: Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, 1990
Doctor of Education: Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, 1991; Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Bernie Kerr is a Professor in Central Michigan University's (CMU's) Health Administration Division, School of Health Sciences, in The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, and serves as Director of the Master of Health Administration Program.  He teaches primarily in the Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) Program.  

Immediately prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Kerr was a Colonel in the United States Air Force Medical Service Corps, serving as a professional health care administrator for over 20 years.  He has over 40 years experience in the healthcare industry, including positions in public health, academia and the military health system.  His academic credentials include a bachelor of science in health education and master's degrees in public health (MPH), health administration (MHA), business administration (MBA) and information management (MIM).  He holds a doctor of education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction and the Instructional Process and a graduate interdisciplinary certificate in Gerontology.  He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in managed health care.  

Dr. Kerr's experience includes leadership roles in medical resource management, patient administration, medical informatics, public health education, managed health care and medical readiness.  He has held faculty appointments at Baylor University and East Tennessee State University and served as a Fellow and Senior Fellow with the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration.  His professional awards include two selections as Young Health Administrator of the Year, the Leader's Award from the Washington University Information Management Program, three selections for the American College of Healthcare Executives Senior Leader Regent's Award and 2008 and 2013 Service Awards from the ACHE.  

He was named a Distinguished Alumnus in Health Education by his undergraduate degree program at East Tennessee State University in 1989.  His honoraria include Eta Sigma Gamma, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma.  His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Humanitarian Service Medal and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.  Dr. Kerr was a 2007 recipient of CMU's Excellence in Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor bestowed by the university.  

In 2015 he received CMU’s Faculty Distinguished Service Award honoring faculty members whose record of sustained service to the University and/or profession has been particularly distinguished.  He is a board-certified healthcare executive and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.  

He and his wife Sue, a retired Kindergarten teacher, have four grown children (Brian, Brad, Brent & Brittney), four grandsons (Brice, Brady, Braxton & Brandon) and two granddaughters (Brenna & Bellamy).

Professional Organizations:

Fellow and Board Certified Healthcare Executive, American College of Healthcare Executives


Fasko, S., Kerr, B., Alvarez, M. & Westrum, A. (2017). Physician Personal Services Contract Enforceability: The Influence of the Thirteenth Amendment. The Health Care Manager

Hunt, C., Landry, R. & Kerr, B. (2016). Formal Leaders' Perceptions of Informal Leaders. Radiology Management.

Meckstroth, D., Dore, A. & Kerr, B. (2016). The Key Variables Health Care Executives Consider When Altering Services. Healthcare Financial Management.

Reese, M.; Campbell, D. & Kerr, B. (2015). The Economic Impact of Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Scores for Hospitals Providing Inpatient Psychiatric Services. Journal of Healthcare Finance, 42, 1:1-13.

Fulton. L.; Kerr, B.; Inglis, C.; Brooks, M. & Bastian, N. (2015). Evaluating MEDEVAC Force Structure Requirements Using Army Scenario, Total Army Analysis Admission Data, Monte Carlo Simulation, and Theater Structure, Military Medicine, 180, 7:780-786.Wilson, A.; Kerr, B.; Bastian, N. & Fulton, L. (2014). From surviving to community benefit: A proposed rural health services research agenda, 
Journal of Hospital Administration, 3, 5:104-114

Kerr, B., Popiak-Goodwin, J. & Westrum, A. (2014). Chapter 13, Using Information Systems and Information Management for Public Health Administration in Public Health Administration: Principles of Population-Based Management, 3rd Edition: edited by Shi, L. & Johnson, J.,  Boston: Jones & Bartlett, ISBN: 13: 9781449688332.

Johnson, J. & Kerr, B. (2013). Chapter 12, Communication, Information Systems, and Decision Making in Introduction to Public Health Management, Organizations, and Policy, Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Cengage Learning, ISBN 13: 978-1-111-54112-5.

Wilson, A.; Kerr, B.; Bastian, N. & Fulton, L. (2012). Financial performance monitoring of the technical efficiency of critical access hospitals: A data envelopment analysis and logistic regression modeling approach, Journal of Healthcare Management, 57, 3:200-213.

Coppola, M., Hudak, R; Kim, F.; Fulton, L.; Harrison, J. & Kerr., B. (2012). Chapter 28, The Military Managed Care Health System, in Essentials of Managed Care, 6th Edition; Edited by Kongstvedt P., Boston: Jones and Bartlett, ISBN 978-1-4496-5331-6
Alvarez, M.; Kerr, B.; Burtner, J.; Ledlow, G. & Fulton, L. (2011). Effects of outsourced nursing on quality outcomes in long term acute care hospitals. Journal of Nursing Administration, 41, 3:00-00.

Alvarez, M.; Kerr, B.; Burtner, J.; Ledlow, G. & Fulton, L. (2011). Use of outsourced nurses in long-term acute care hospitals. Journal of Nursing Administration, 41, 2:00-00.

Fulton, L., McMurry, P. & Kerr, B.J. (2009).  A Monte Carlo Simulation of Air Ambulance Requirements During Major Combat Operations.  Military Medicine, 174, 6:610-614. 

Kerr, B.J. (2007). The Joint Military Medical Executive Skills Initiative: An Impressive Response to Changing Human Resource Management Rules of Engagement. Military Medicine Vol. 172, No 1.

Coppola, M.N., Harrison, J., Kerr., B.J. and Erckenbrack., D. (2007) The Military Managed Care Health System, in Essentials of Managed Care, 5th Edition: Edited by Kongstvedt P.R., Boston: Jones and Bartlett. ISBN 0-76373-983-9.

Ledlow, G.; Kerr, B; & Cwiek, M. (2006). Leveraging the Healthcare Supply Chain as a Strategic Business Unit: The Vertically Integrated Model, Global Business and Technology Association (GBATA), Moscow, Russia, June 27-July 1, ISBN: 1-932917-02-0.

Kerr, B.J. (2006). Cancer information on the Internet, in The Handbook of Communication and Cancer Care, O'Hair, D., Kreps, G. & Sparks, L., Editors, Cresskill NJ: Hampton Press ISBN 1-57273-683-6.

Kerr, B.J. Coppola, M.N. & Diana. M. (2005). Decreasing Disability Processing Days for Soldiers in the U.S. Army through Initiatives in Human Resource Management Support System: A Two-Tiered Three Year Evaluation. Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics & Informatics, Vol. 3, no 6. 
Johnson, J.A., Ledlow, G.R., & Kerr, B.J. (2005). Organizational development, training and knowledge management. In Human Resources in Healthcare, Johnson, J. and Fried, B., Editors, Chicago IL: Health Administration Press. ISBN: 1-56793-168-5

Research Areas:

Population Health Operations
Professional Development
Curriculum Design and Delivery
Applied Informatics