Master of Healthcare Administration
Faculty, Staff & Advisory Committee

Kim L. McDonald, PhD

Director, Master of Healthcare Administration Program

  • PhD Public Health Epidemiology, Walden University
  • MS Behavioral Sciences, Empire State College
Dr. McDonald is the Program Director for Mary Baldwin University / Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences' online Master of Healthcare (MHA) program.

Dr. McDonald received her Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science from State University of New York at Empire, a Master of Science in Health Psychology from Capella University, and a PhD in Public Health with a specialization in epidemiology from Walden University.

Dr. McDonald worked as a research and data coordinator and prevention educator in a comprehensive behavioral health hospital with various patient populations as well as with community leaders, schools and coalitions. In 2012 she accepted a position as the Senior Coordinator for Quality Management with New York State’s largest healthcare provider, the nation’s 14th-largest healthcare system, with 21 hospitals and more than 550 ambulatory and physician practices.

From 2010 through 2017 Dr. McDonald has held various faculty and adjunct faculty appointments with Ashford University’s MHA Program, Kaplan University, teaching courses in public health, epidemiology, and health information management and working as lead faculty and curriculum specialist for development of the MHS, health information management program. She has also served as course developer and subject matter expert for Carrington College.

In 2015 she accepted the position of Department Chair of the Healthcare Administration department at Briarcliffe College. During her tenure at Briarcliffe College she developed the College’s first graduate degree program, a Master’s in Health Care Administration as well as revised the undergraduate Health Care Management Internship course serving more than 400 ground and online students.

Advisory Committee

Our curriculum started with leaders in the healthcare field.

The MHA at Mary Baldwin University was created with the insight and guidance of leaders in healthcare quality and value. Employers are looking for patient-centered professionals who can lead and drive excellence in healthcare delivery. These are just a few of the professionals involved in the development of our exciting new program:

John Duval, MBA

CEO, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (Retired)

Chris Bailey, MHSA

Senior Vice President, Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association

Michael Lynch, MD

CMO, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital

Susan Cabell-Mains, MBA

Systems Director, Physician Leadership – Sentara Healthcare

Priscilla Shuler, RHK, BSN, PhD

Nurse Leadership Consultant

Mary Malone, JD

Health Law Attorney, Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, P.C.

Jonathan Falk, MPH

Epidemiologist, Virginia Department of Health-Central Shenandoah Health District

Jeff Goldsmith, PhD

Consultant, Health Futures

Penny Cooper, DHSc

Manager, Decision Support – Augusta Health

Sue Collier, RN, MSN, FABC

Clinical Content Development Lead, American Hospital Association

Tracy Hoke, MD, MSc, FAAP

Chief of Quality and Performance Improvement, UVA Health System

Thelma Baker, MSHA

Executive Director, Health Quality Innovators

Dave Deering, MHA

Executive Director, Valley Community Services Board

Vicki Lewis, PhD

Human Factors Engineer, Healthcare Safety Strategies, Inc.