Harry D. Holt, PhD, JD, MBA

Associate Professor, Department of Health, College of Health Sciences


Prof. Holt’s background in the health care industry started with working with the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.  He gained expertise in the physician practice management, marketing, and operational functions of satellite family health centers that delivered care to Clinic patients.  With the health care consulting firms Ernst and Young and Cap Gemini Ernst and Young, he worked with hospitals throughout the United States in improving their operations and their efficiency.  He worked with physicians, hospitals, and health insurance companies to find ways to improve the quality of care delivered to patients while also enabling hospitals to operate efficiently and generate sufficient revenue and profits to be financially healthy.  He delivered health care consulting services to clients served by Ernst and Young located in South America, the Middle East, and Western Europe. 

He earned a PhD in Health Policy and Administration in the Management and Organizational Behavior track from Penn State University.  His teaching efforts are aimed at providing students with practical skills they can apply in managing health care organizations that improve the health status of the patients they serve.  His research focuses on financial and operational performance of hospitals, health systems, and physician groups.  Dr. Holt is a co-author of a university level undergraduate textbook:  Fundamentals of US Healthcare:  Principles and Perspectives, 1st edition and has published in a peer-reviewed journal Advances in Health Care Management.

Gerontology Courses Taught

  • HEA 514 Approaches to Health Care Delivery
  • HEA 516 Health Care Management
  • HEA 613 Advocacy & Quality Health Care Management

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