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James A. Johnson, Ph.D.

James A. JohnsonDr. James A. Johnson specializes in organization development and international health systems research and development. He is a medical social scientist and professor in the DHA Program where he teaches comparative health systems, organizational behavior, and systems thinking. Dr. Johnson is the former Chair of the Department of Health Administration and Policy at Medical University of South Carolina where he founded the first DHA program in the U.S. He is an active researcher and health science writer with over 100 journal articles and 14 published books. His latest book is titled, Comparative Health Systems: Global Perspectives where he and co-researchers analyzed the health systems of 21 countries worldwide.​

Dr. Johnson is the past-editor of the Journal of Healthcare Management published by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and is currently a Contributing Editor for the Journal of Health and Human Services Administration. He also works closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) and ProWorld Service Corps on international projects, education, and research. His work and travel has taken him to 30 countries often involving students in international service learning and research. He has been a visiting lecturer at both Oxford University and Cambridge University (England); Beijing University (China); University of Dublin (Ireland); University of Colima (Mexico); St. George’s University (Grenada); and University of Pretoria (South Africa), as well as, many universities and colleges in the U.S.

Dr. Johnson has served on numerous boards including the Board of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA); the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Diabetes Trust Foundatio​n; and currently the Advisory Board of the Joint Africa Working Group; the Board of Directors of the Africa Research and Development Center; Advisory Board of the Center for Collaborative Health Leadership; Board of Advisors for Health Systems of America; and Distinguished Research Fellow at the Center for Leadership and Public Policy. Dr. Johnson is an active member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and he is a regular delegate to the World Health Congress and the Organization Development World Congress.

He completed a Master of Science at University of South Alabama; a M.P.A. in health administration and policy at Auburn University; and a Ph.D. from the Askew School of Policy and Administration at Florida State University.

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