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Ken Zakariasen, PhD, DDS, MS, MS(ODA)

Professor - Health Policy & Management

BA, DDS, MS, and PhD degrees from the University of Minnesota; Advanced Management Program Certificate, Harvard Business School; MS in Organization Development and Analysis and the Certificate in Developing Leadership through Emotional Intelligence, Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Ken Zakariasen is a Professor in the College of Public Health at Kent State University. He is the Director of the Health Policy and Management MPH Program (Concentration in Leadership and Organizational Change) at the new Twinsburg Regional Academic Center. Dr. Zakariasen has served as an academic in six universities, including 13 years as a Dean of colleges of dentistry and health professions. Dr. Zakariasen’s academic and consulting work is in the area of leadership and organization development, particularly in healthcare and universities.  He focuses on innovative whole systems approaches to organizational change, and leadership and leadership team development. He currently has funding from Health Canada First Nations and Inuit Health Branch for developing the use of virtual communities of practice to connect reserve healthcare workers and leaders in widely dispersed communities for professional development, problem solving, idea exchange, etc. He also recently completed a Worldwide Universities Network-funded project with colleagues from the University of Leeds and the University of Wisconsin looking at the development of future public health leaders who can function effectively at the highest levels of multi-sectoral collaboration for public health improvement. When not enthusing about the wonders of the “human equation”, Dr. Zakariasen can be found totally captivated by his little granddaughter Lily, swimming or covering long distances on his favorite motorcycles.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Recent Publications:

Zakariasen K, Zakariasen Victoroff K: ”Teaching leadership and organizational change through an appreciative inquiry driven reflective process”, Accepted for publication in October 2012 by the Journal of the World Universities Forum.

Zakariasen K, Zakariasen Victoroff K: “Leaders and emotional intelligence: a view from those who follow”, Healthcare Management Forum, Summer Edition, 2012: 25: 86-90.

Zakariasen K., Veryga, A.: "Building an International Public Health Academic Partnership: the Alberta-Lithuania Experience", Healthcare Management Forum, 2012: 25:32-36.

Zakariasen K., Henderson I.:“‘Rapid-Cycle Brainstorming’: Facilitating Whole-Systems Change in Time- and Scheduling-Challenged Healthcare Settings”, J. of Healthcare Leadership, 2010;2 , 97-111.

Uno H, Zakariasen K: “Public health leadership education in North America”, J of Healthcare Leadership, 2010; 2, 11-15.

Stafinski T, Topfer LA, Zakariasen K, Menon D: “Looking towards the horizon: a role for surgeons in identifying emerging technologies for health technology assessment”, Can J Surg 2010; 53(2), 86-91.

Zakariasen K.: “Public Health Leadership: Building a Graduate Program and a Culture", The International Journal of Learning, 2009; 16(9), 375-386.


Recent Presentations:

Working Across Sectors for Noncommunicable Diseases (My presentation was on leadership and its influence on the multi-sectoral development and implementation of public health policy), A WHO sponsored workshop, Birstonas, Lithuania, September 24-26, 2012.

Developing a Blended Face-to-Face/Virtual Self-Directed Learning Community among Alberta First Nations Health Promoters, 15th International Congress on Circumpolar Health, Fairbanks, Alaska, August 5-10, 2012.

"Teaching Leadership and Organizational Change through an Appreciative Inquiry Driven Reflective Process", Fifth World Universities Forum, January 8-10, 2012, Rhodes, Greece.

Ken Zakariasen, PhD, DDS, MS, MS(ODA)
College of Public Health
146 Lowry Hall
Phone: 330-672-6500
Fax: 330-672-6505