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Robert Behling, Ph.D.

Professor of Health Administration, 1980

B.S., Northern Illinois University
M.A., Sangamon State University
Ph.D., The Union Institute

I joined the faculty in the summer of 1980. I spent that summer designing and developing a number of the courses in the M.S. in Health Administration. We admitted our first students to the program in the Fall of 1980. I have continued to teach and work on curriculum since that time.

I have held administrative positions in 200, 400, and 700 bed hospitals and worked as a health care consultant specializing in quality management, risk management, and board and medical staff relations. I have developed and taught a number of national seminars and workshops on these topics.

Over the years I have taught a number of course in the undergraduate and graduate health administration programs. Currently most of my teaching is in the following areas:

  • Undergraduate and graduate courses in Medical Sociology. These courses provide a broad overview of the health services delivery system as viewed by the social scientist. The courses address the influence of values and cultures on health and illness, on delivery systems, and on professional roles.
  • Undergraduate and graduate courses in Healthcare Ethics and Decision Making. These courses explore ethical issues for the health care professional, with three major components: personal ethical decision-making, bioethics, and ethics in health care management. These courses review some basic ethical theories/perspectives, and focus on their application to various current issues in the health care context. Case studies and extensive class discussions highlight these courses.
  • Graduate course in quality management. This course provides a comprehensive overview of healthcare quality management and organizational performance. Quality improvement theories, models, methods, and tools are examined. The relationship between quality management and organizational performance are examined.