Christopher E. Johnson

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Affiliate Associate Professor, Health Services


PhD   University of Minnesota, 1998   (Health Services Research, Policy and Administration)
BS   United States Naval Academy, 1987   (History)

Contact Info


office:   H-660D, Health Sciences Building

University of Washington
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195-7660

campus box:   357660
voice:   206-616-2987
fax:   206-543-3964


Dr. Christopher E. Johnson currently serves as the Program Director of the MHA Program. He is an Associate Professor and the Austin Ross Chair in Health Administration in the Department of Health Services. Prior to joining the UW faculty, Dr. Johnson served as the Department Head and Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health from 2005-2012. He was also a Research Health Scientist with the South Central Mental Illness, Research, Education and Clinical Center and VA Houston Center for Quality of Care and Utilization Studies. He specializes in work that seeks to understand how health care organizations and communities impact health care outcomes for veterans, under-served populations, and the elderly.

Organizational theory; healthcare quality; long-term care; veteran's care; information technology

  • HSERV 512
    Health Systems and Policy
  • HSERV 552   (EMHA)
    Health Policy Development
  • HSERV 590
    Organizational Theory and Applications in the Study of Health Services
  • HSMGMT 510
    Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

Kash BA, Spaulding A, Johnson CE, Gamm L. Success factors for strategic change initiatives: a qualitative study of healthcare administrators' perspectives. J Healthc Manag. 2014 Jan-Feb;59(1):65-81.  PMID: 24611428

Kash BA, Spaulding A, Gamm L, Johnson CE. Health care administrators' perspectives on the role of absorptive capacity for strategic change initiatives: a qualitative study. Health Care Manage Rev. 2013 Oct-Dec;38(4):339-48. doi: 10.1097/HMR.0b013e318276faf8.  PMID: 23135101

Hyer K, Thomas KS, Johnson CE, Harman JS, Weech-Maldonado R. Do Medicaid incentive payments boost quality? Florida's direct care staffing adjustment program. J Aging Soc Policy. 2013;25(1):65-82. doi: 10.1080/08959420.2012.705629.  PMID: 23256559

Weech-Maldonado R, Laberge A, Pradhan R, Johnson CE, Yang Z, Hyer K. Nursing home financial performance: the role of ownership and chain affiliation. Health Care Manage Rev. 2012 Jul-Sep;37(3):235-45.  PMID: 22261667

Hyer K, Thomas KS, Branch LG, Harman JS, Johnson CE, Weech-Maldonado R. The influence of nurse staffing levels on quality of care in nursing homes. Gerontologist. 2011 Oct;51(5):610-6. Epub 2011 May 20.  PMID: 21602292    PMCID: PMC3218638

Health Care Management Review, Editorial Board Member

Health Care Management Review (HCMR) disseminates state-of-the-art knowledge about management, leadership, and administration of health care systems, organizations, and agencies.

Academy of Management, Health Care Management Division, Officer

The Academy of Management (the Academy; AOM) is a leading professional association for scholars dedicated to creating and disseminating knowledge about management and organizations. The health care management division is dedicated to understanding the role of professionals and organizations in providing health care both locally and internationally.

Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Management Education (CAHME), Fellow

Fellow for 2011-2013