SPOKANE, Wash. — A health services research expert with international experience has joined Washington State University Spokane in the department of health policy and administration.

“My research assesses the global disease burden and cost effectiveness of various types of interventions aimed at improving access, utilization, and related health outcomes of people with chronic illnesses, particularly for Type 2 diabetes,” explained assistant professor Fevzi Akinci. “The aim has consistently been to conduct research that not only makes a contribution to the field, but also can make improvements for many types of health care providers and policy makers.”

He cited the growing research infrastructure in the health policy and administration department at WSU Spokane, rich health care resources in the Spokane community, and the newly developed WSU Center for International Health Services Research and Policy as attractions that brought him to WSU Spokane.

Prior to joining the faculty at WSU, Dr. Akinci was acting chairperson, graduate program director and assistant professor of health care administration in the department of health care administration and international business with six years of graduate level teaching experience at King’s College, William G. McGowan School of Business in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Akinci holds a doctorate in health services research from Saint Louis University.  He has fifteen articles published or in press in such journals as Health Services Management Research, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Disease Management and Health Outcomes, and Academy of Strategic and Organizational Leadership Journal, three book chapters, and over $1.6 million in funded research and consulting.  He also served four years with the Turkish Ministry of Health as an Environmental Health Technician. 

His research interests include access to care; utilization and cost-effectiveness of preventive health services; health related quality of life; disease management and health outcomes; comparative international studies of health care systems.  He is a member of the Academy of Health, American Public Health Association, American College of Health Care Executives, and Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) Finance and Economics Faculty Forum, and has served on the boards of a number of healthcare organizations and facilities.

Akinci served as a Fellow of the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration (ACEHSA) in 1999.  He is the first recipient of the Mary Gumble Levy Award to recognize his commitment to teaching and research in health care administration at Saint Louis University in 1998.

His other awards and recognitions include the first “Mark R. Leffler Scholar of the Year Award” at King’s College in 2003, “Best Paper Award in Nursing Administration Track” at the Business and Health Administration Conference in 2003, and “Distinguished Research Award” at the Allied Academies Fall International Conference in 2001.

“The Washington State University Department of Health Policy and Administration welcomes the appointment of Dr. Fevzi Akinci, an internationally recognized scholar with broad research and teaching interests,” says Winsor Schmidt, chair of the department.

Schmidt added, “Whether conducting the first successful collaboration between the Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Missouri Department of Health, or successfully competing against Harvard University in producing a $1.6 million report for the overall planning of health resources in Turkey, Dr. Akinci is a health services research man for all seasons. As a research faculty member of the department-affiliated Center for International Health Services Research and Policy, Dr. Akinci enhances the world class standing of the department and the University in international health policy and administration.”

The graduate program in health policy and administration in the College of Pharmacy at Washington State University Spokane prepares students for health administration and policy leadership careers. It is one of only 66 health services administration programs accredited by ACEHSA in North America. (News release online, May 18, 2000: http://www.wsu.edu/NIS/releases3/bc124.htm)

ACEHSA is the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration.  Accreditation by ACEHSA is the most important assurance that a graduate program meets the quality standards developed by the profession and the health services industry. With this recognition of its quality, the HPA program is one of the top four health administration programs in the 14-state Western region comprised of Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. It is the only such program in the region to be admitted to the Western Regional Graduate Program, which allows students from these states to enroll at Washington resident tuition rates. (News release online, July 13, 2000: http://www.wsu.edu/NIS/releases3/bc128.htm)

Washington State University Spokane is the urban campus of Washington State University, a land-grant research university founded in 1890 that is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top public research universities in the nation. The campus features advanced studies in health sciences, the design disciplines, education, and criminal justice. Washington State University is ranked by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a research extensive and doctoral-granting university.

Web sites:
Department of Health Policy and Administration: www.hpa.spokane.wsu.edu
WSU Spokane: www.spokane.wsu.edu