Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Master of Business Administration, Duke University
Doctor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Health Services Research
What classes do you teach at Anderson
Ethical and Legal Issues in U.S. Health Care, Health Economics and Policy, Healthcare Quality Management, Introduction to Healthcare Management, Management for Health Care Organizations, Managing Population Health, Seminar in Healthcare Management
What year did you start teaching at AU
Why teach at AU?
At Anderson University, we focus on academics within a Christian worldview. Teaching healthcare management in Christian higher education, I have the obligation to develop strong minds and the privilege to develop compassionate hearts. People here genuinely care – about our students and about one another as professional colleagues.
Reading, hiking, yoga
People might be interested to know I...
Am a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and am Program Chair for the Upstate Local Programming Council of the South Carolina chapter of ACHE.
How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?
The core courses in healthcare management provide a broad understanding of the driving forces in our health system. I draw upon my own academic and professional experience to make the courses, assignments, and activities relevant to the shifting landscape of healthcare today.
Schmaling, K. and Johnston, V. 2006. Our Workaday Environment: The Psychology of Organizations - A review of Organizational Behavior in Health Care by Nancy Borkowski. PsychCRITIQUES 51 (4).
Johnston, V. and Bao, Y. 2011. Race/ethnicity-related and payer-related disparities in the timeliness of emergency care in U.S. emergency departments. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved 22 (2): 606-620.
Johnston, V.; Tullis, J. and Johnston, M. Validating the Spiritual Distress Assessment Tool in a U.S. Acute Care Setting. Manuscript in progress.
Valerie grew up in Georgia and has worked in healthcare consulting and healthcare administration for organizations in California, Texas and in North and South Carolina. She wishes prospective students knew that the types of jobs available in the growing healthcare sector are wide ranging. “While there is a strong outlook for clinical careers (M.D., RN, physical therapy, etc.), there will also be a need for trained managers to lead the business and administrative aspects of healthcare. If you have a head for business and a heart for people, consider a career in healthcare management.”