SPOKANE, Wash. — Joseph Coyne, professor of health policy and administration, has been awarded the 2004 Washington State University Spokane Faculty Excellence Award in recognition of his outstanding teaching, research and community service.

Coyne, who has been with WSU Spokane since 1999, is an internationally recognized researcher and author, renowned for his expertise in health care finance and international health care policy. His works are regularly cited in the most respected and widely used textbooks, leading one reviewer to say that he is in “an enviable class of elite scholars.”

In addition to leading an initiative to create an international agreement between WSU and China’s Peking University, he most recently worked for the creation of a Center for International Health Services Research and Policy at WSU, which he will direct. The center, based at WSU Spokane, will analyze health systems around the world in terms of performance and outcomes and provide information to policy makers, health care administrators and educators.

In announcing the Faculty Excellence Award, interim chancellor Rom Markin said, “Washington State University prides itself on bringing students face to face with scholars who are leaders in their disciplines, and this professor delivers on that commitment. As a teacher, he consistently receives high marks from his students for effective, significant and well-planned course content. He is a versatile instructor, demonstrating both breadth and depth of knowledge in the range of courses he teaches, and recognized around the world for his knowledge of one of the most significant questions facing us today: health care.”

Coyne is a cum laude graduate of the College of Business at the University of Notre Dame and received M.P.H. and Dr.P.H. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.  He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Center for Health Services Research and has taught financial management courses at University of Southern California, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Colorado, Indiana University and the Wharton School of Finance.

Coyne has twice been designated a W.K. Kellogg Fellow in health care financial management. He is a coauthor of a text on financial tools and techniques as applied to large healthcare systems and author of a second book on the management of risk through electronic data networks in the future health care environment. He sits on the boards of two managed care companies in southern California and provides advice to numerous managed care companies, both domestically and internationally.

Sterling Savings of Spokane is the sponsor of this year’s award, which was presented at the WSU Spokane commencement ceremonies. Coyne received an engraved pewter medallion and a check for $1,000.

Web sites:
Department of health policy and administration Web site: www.hpa.spokane.wsu.edu
WSU Spokane: www.spokane.wsu.edu
Profile of Joseph Coyne: www.spokane.wsu.edu/aboutWSUSpokane/profiles/JoeCoyne.asp