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Bernie Kerr, Ed.D., MHA, FACHE

Bernie Kerr Dr. Kerr joined the Central Michigan University (CMU) faculty in 2002 as an Associate Professor in CMU’s Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) Program. In January 2017, he was named Director of the Master of Health Administration Program. He was promoted to Professor and awarded academic tenure in 2007. Immediately prior to joining the DHA 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 health care industry, including positions in public health, academia and the military health system. His academic credentials include a bach​elors degree in health education and masters 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. He has published in the Journal of Hospital Administration, Journal of Nursing Administration, Military Medicine, Health C​are Financial Management, Journal of Healthcare Management and Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics & Informatics; and has had book chapters in Essentials of Managed Care, Public Health Administration: Principles of Population-Based Management, Human Resources in Healthcare, Introduction to Public Health Management, Organizations, and Policy and The Handbook of Cancer Care Communication. 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 American College of Healthcare Executives. 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. In 2007, Dr. Kerr received CMU’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor bestowed by the university. He is a 2015 recipient of the Faculty Distinguished Service Award honoring faculty members whose record of sustained service to the University and their profession has been particularly distinguished. Dr. Kerr was honored with the inaugural 2016-17 Faculty Excellence Award for The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions recognizing an outstanding full-time faculty member who has excelled in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service.

Dr. Kerr is a board certified health care executive and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He resides in Belleville Illinois with his wife Sue, a retired Kindergarten teacher. They have four grown children and six grandchildren.

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