Joel M. Lee
Director of the DrPH Program
122B Paul D. Coverdell Center
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Dr. Joel Lee holds the position as Professor of Health Policy and Management, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the University of Georgia College of Public Health. He also serves as Director of the Doctor of Public Health Program. Dr. Lee completed his Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health degrees in Health Services Administration and Organization at the University of Texas School of Public Health. He previously served in a variety of academic positions in the formation of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, most recently as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Chair of the Department of Health Services Management, and Director of Doctoral Studies as well as director positions in the university's undergraduate and graduate degrees in health administration. From 2006 to 2008 he served as the Academic Ombud for the University of Kentucky. Lee has served on a number of association boards and advisory committees including the Board of Directors of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), the Kentucky Hospital Association-affiliated Kentucky Health Care Strategy Forum, and the University Centers of San Miguel (CO). He has served on a variety of American College of Health Care Executives committees, and was reappointed to the Kentucky ACHE Regent's Advisory Board for over 16 years. He was an inaugural inductee and is currently secretary/treasurer of the Beta Gamma Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health.
Lee is a past chair of the Association of Schools of Public Health, Health Services Administration Council, and the Association of University Programs in Health Administration Public Health Management, Strategic Health Planning, Managed Care, and Doctoral Education Faculty Forums, and served as a member of the AUPHA Undergraduate Task Force. He also served as chair of the 2007 Program Committee for the AUPHA Leadership Conference. In 2005, he was appointed to the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and in 2006 as an examiner and continues to serve as a judge for the Kentucky Center for Performance Excellence. He served as a member of the Association of Schools of Public Health, Health Policy and Management Competency Workgroup, and as a reviewer for the Systems Thinking Competencies. He also participates in a variety of other ASPH committees including the DrPH Competency Model Development Project Task Force, the Pathways to Public Health Taskforce, the Undergraduate Education Committee, and the Steering Committee of the Academy of Distinguished Public Health Teachers. Dr. Lee was appointed to the Item Writing Committee for the National Board of Public Health Examiners credentialing examination. He currently serves as a member of the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association representing the Health Administration Section, and on the editorial board of several journals including the Journal of Health Administration Education and as co-editor of a special issue addressing doctoral education. Lee also coordinated Southeast Center for Public Health Training activities in Kentucky. He has been involved in international educational activities in Russia, Romania, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Dubai. He is presently coediting an issue of the Journal of Public Health Management addressing Teaching and Learning in the Community, and participating in the establishment of an international consortium of DrPH programs in health leadership. Dr Lee was a member of the charter class certified by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. He is also a member of the SAPH Academy of Distinguished Public Health Teachers.
Dr. Lee is a recipient of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association "Great Teacher" Award, and the College of Health Sciences, Kingston Award for Creativity in Teaching. In 2005, he was selected by College of Public Health students for the Golden Apple Award, as the faculty member who has made the greatest contribution to our education, not only in the classroom, but through student support and advising activities, and a commitment to public health education. In 2008 he was recognized by the University of Kentucky College of Public Health with the establishment of the Joel M. Lee Prize, an annual award to the outstanding Dr.P.H. graduate in Health Services Management