Willie H. Oglesby, PhD, MSPH, FACHE
Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Management
College of Public Health, Department of Health Policy & Management
Office of Public Health Practice and Partnerships
Dr. Oglesby is a member of the founding faculty at the Kent State University College of Public Health. Dr. Oglesby came to Kent State in 2009 from the University of South Carolina where he served in several research and administrative roles in the School of Public Health and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Health Sciences. His research and practice expertise includes sexuality and reproductive health, economic evaluation of health interventions, and community health policy. New areas of interest include lifestyle medicine and the integration of public health and health care.
Dr. Oglesby has worked on a career total of more than $26M in externally-funded projects, including more than $7M as principal or co-principal investigator. Current funded projects include conducting ACA-compliant community health needs assessments and developing implementation plans for three large hospital systems in Northeast Ohio and developing a graduate professional education program in interprofessional lifestyle medicine with the KSU colleges of public health, nursing, and podiatric medicine and the NEOMED College of Pharmacy. Current academic projects include coordinating the Culminating Experience Comprehensive Exam and Practicum for all Master of Public Health (MPH) students in the college and teaching graduate courses in health care systems, cost-benefit analysis, and policy analysis.
Dr. Oglesby is a reviewer for several leading journals in public health and medicine, including serving as Executive Editor of the Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health. He is a former policy consultant to the National Academies of Practice and is currently a member of the Lifestyle Medicine Standards Committee for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. In 2010, he was named Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
PhD, University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health
MSPH, University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health
BS, University of South Carolina Moore School of Business
Current Research and Projects
Below is a summary of my current projects, all of which have research- or practice-based opportunities for students as independent studies, individual investigations, practicums, internships, or dissertations. Please contact me if you would like to work on any of these projects.
Akron Hospitals Community Health Needs Assessment: The goal of this 3-year project is to conduct a community health needs assessment and develop facility-specific implementation plans for hospitals in the Akron Children's Hospital system, Akron General Health System, and the Summa Health System that conform to new IRS regulations mandated by the Affordable Care Act. I am the principal investigator on this project am am working with Assistant Dean Skenkovich and Dr. Beaird.
- Akron Children's Hospital - Mahoning Valley Community Health Needs Assessment: The goal of this 3-year project is to conduct a community health needs assessment and develop facility-specific implementation plans for hospitals for the the Akron Children's Hospital in the Mahoning Valley that conform to new IRS regulations mandated by the Affordable Care Act. I am the principal investigator on this project with Assistant Dean Skenkovich.
- Kent State University Drug Use Survey: The goal of this project is to conduct an annual survey of college students to identify drug use behaviors and correlates. The survey includes questions about illicit, prescription, and emerging drugs of abuse. I am the co-principal investigator on this project with Dr. Kenne.
- Graduate Professional Education Program in Interprofessional Lifestyle Medicine: The goal of this project is to create an education program in interprofessional lifestyle medicine for gradaute and professional students in the KSU colleges of public health, nursing, and podiatric medicine and the NEOMED College of Pharmacy. I am the principal investigator on this project and am working with Deans Alemagno, Hetherington, and Taylor and faculty in their respective colleges.
- Characteristics of Women Who Utilize Emergency Contraception in Northeast Ohio: This is a secondary data analysis project using existing patient visit data from the Northeast Ohio Family Planing Program. The analysis will be used to develop an intervention for women who frequently access emergency contraception and/or who use emergency contraception as a primary means of birth control. I am the principal investigator on this project and am working with Dr. Cheruvu.
- Characteristics of Women Who Visit Federally Funded Family Planning Clinics in Northeast Ohio: This is also a secondary data analysis project using existing patient visit data from the Northeast Ohio Family Planing Program. The analysis will be used to better describe the clients in Northeast Ohio that need federally subsidized contraception. I am the principal investigator on this project and am working with a student.
- Community Health Needs in Northest Ohio and How Non-Profit Hospitals Are Addressing Them: This is a policy brief examining how non-profit hospitals are addressing community health needs identified in 17 Northeast Ohio. I am the principal investigator on this project and am working with Assistant Dean Slenkovich and colleagues at The Center for Community Solutions.
Community Health Indicators for Children: Resources, Challenges, and Solutions: This goal of this project is to examine available community health indicators for children in Ohio, examine data integrity issues and information gaps, and recommend solutions to improve the public health surveillance for children in the state. I am the principal investigator on this project and am working with Assistant Dean Slenkovich and colleagues at The Center for Community Solutions.
HPM 53003 Health Care Systems: In this master's-level course, students will examine the conceptual basis for the US health care system; its historical origins; the structures, resources, and processes of care; how quality and costs are supported and constrained; and the impact of recent legislation. This course is a requirement for students pursing an MPH in Health Policy & Management. It can also be an elective for other master's degree students (obtain faculty advisor approval before enrolling). Doctoral students may take this course (with advisor approval) and will complete additional assignments.
- HPM 53006 Cost-Benefit Analysis of Public Health Programs: This master's-level course provides an overview of cost-benefit analysis as applied to the evaluation of public health programs. Students will apply principles of cost-benefit analysis and related cost-utility analysis to case studies in the public health sector. This course is a requirement for students pursuing an MPH in Health Policy & Management. It can also be an elective for other master's degree students (obtain approval before enrolling). Doctoral students may take this course (with advisor approval) and will complete additional assignments.
- HPM 73031 Public Health Policy Analysis: This doctoral-level course provides a framework for conducting public health policy analysis and applies concepts to case studies of health policies at the local, state, and Federal levels. This course is a requirement for students pursuing a PhD in Health Policy & Management. It can also be an elective for other doctoral degree students (obtain approval before enrolling). Master's students may take this course with advisor approval.
- HPM 6/80195 ST: Affordable Care Act: Implications for Health and Health Care: This master's- and doctoral-level "special topics" course provides an overview of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) including political and policy discourse leading up to its passage, analysis of the law’s impact, the Supreme Court’s ruling that affirmed and changed the legislation, and the future of public health and health care in the context of the ACA. Other historical attempts at national health care reform will also be discussed. Students will draw upon and apply an interdisciplinary literature base to analyze the ACA including business, medicine, law, political science, and public policy. Junior and Senior undergraduate students may take this course with instructor and advisor approval.
- PH 60172 and PH 60192 Practicum: Toward the end of the MPH degree, students are required to complete an intensive research- or practice-based public health project, which serves as evidence that s/he has successfully applied the knowledge and skills gained during the course of instruction. This is a requirement for all MPH students and only MPH students can enroll in these courses. I am the Practicum Coordinator for all departments in the College. Please see the MPH Practicum Guidelines for more information.
- Culminating Experience Comprehensive Exam: In the last semester of study, MPH students must register to take the Culminating Experience Comprehensive Exam. The exam is divided into two parts: Part A covers the five core areas of public health knowledge (addressed in the core courses) and Part B covers the discipline-specific knowledge in the student's concentration area (addressed in the discipline-specific required courses). Students have two hours to complete Part A and two hours to complete Part B. The majority of the exam is short answer and essay. Students must register in advance to take the exam. I am the Exam Coordinator for all departments in the College.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
- American Public Health Association
- Association for Prevention Teaching and Research
- National Community-Based Organization Network
- American College of Healthcare Executives
- Healthcare Financial Management Association
- Family Planning Councils of America
- National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association
- American College of Lifestyle Medicine
- Ohio Public Health Association
- Healthcare Executives Association of Northeast Ohio
OFFICECollege of Public Health
P.O. Box 5190
Wednesdays 9:00am - 2:00pm (by appointment only)
CONTACT INFOPhone: 330-732-7825
COURSES TEACHINGSpring 2014
- HPM 53003 - 001 Health Care Systems
- HPM 53006 - 001 Cost Benefit Analysis Ph Progs
- HPM 80198 - 002 Directed Research In Hpm
- PH 40195 - 006 St : Obamacare
- HPM 60195 - 003 St : Obamacare
- HPM 80195 - 003 St : Obamacare
- HPM 53003 - 001 Health Care Systems