HMI Faculty: Brian Hensel, PhD, MSPH

Assistant Teaching Professor
(573) 884-6929
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Hensel, PhD, MSPH, has almost fifteen years of experience as a health care executive, which included responsibility for a range of post-acute, long-term, and end-of-life care services within vertically integrated, hospital-based health systems. He began his career in health administration after completing his master's at in the HMI (back then, HSM) program in 1987. In 2001, he returned to Missouri to complete a PhD focused in health communication from the Missouri School of Journalism (2005), followed by a National Library of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Informatics (2005 - 2008).

Dr. Hensel then accepted a Health and Aging Policy/American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship in the office of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia (2008-2009), where he helped develop palliative care and advance planning legislation within the Accountable Care Act, and health information technology legislation within the Recovery Act. After this he served for four years as Assistant Professor of Health Services Administration in the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota.

Dr. Hensel returned to HMI in January of 2014. He is focused on teaching and supporting grant and consulting projects. The courses he teaches include Strategic Planning & Marketing and Decision Making for Health Care Organizations. His research and consulting interests include the application of health informatics and media in improving health, chronic disease management, and long-term and palliative care.