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Susan K . Walsh, MHSA, RN, FACHE

Program Director, Health Administration and Policy

Assistant Professor


College of Arts and Sciences
Cultural & Social Studies
Public Health - Minor
Health Administration and Policy
CRHL - Creighton Hall/Administration Building - 425B

Susan K . Walsh, MHSA, RN, FACHE

Program Director, Health Administration and Policy

Assistant Professor

Susan Walsh proudly followed in her mother’s footsteps as a nursing student at Creighton University. Building on experience as an Emergency Department nurse and House Supervisor, she began her career in healthcare administration at Creighton University’s Cardiac Center. Walsh directed operational change including a significant move from the hospital to a freestanding ambulatory center. She also led Joint Commission Accreditation, implementation of a service excellence culture, and the formation of full-time, rural cardiology offices in Iowa and Nebraska. Walsh then moved onto direct Cardiac Services at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center where she guided the development of Nebraska’s first pediatric Heart Transplant Program and certifications by UNOS and CMS.

She has served as a preceptor for Health Administration and Policy interns since 2000 and as an adjunct instructor since 2006. In 2014, Walsh returned to her beloved Creighton as the first full-time faculty member in the Health Administration and Policy Program. In 2016, she was appointed Director of the program. Her passions include watching students light up when they apply textbook knowledge to real-world healthcare administration situations and one-on-one advising. She also enjoys connecting alumni with current students as they build their professional network. Prof. Walsh teaches HAP 200, HAP 413, HAP 414, HAP 515, and HAP 485. She is also the faculty advisor for HAPSA (Health Administration and Policy Student Association).

Walsh is part of a three generation Creighton family. Her mother, uncle, and brother attended Creighton. She is married to Creighton alumnus and has three children (a son who is a Creighton alumnus, a daughter who is a Creighton alumnae,  and a daughter who is currently enrolled in graduate school at Creighton). She enjoys spending time with her five grandchildren and going to the beach.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Focus

Curriculum Development, Internship Development, Career Advising


Cultural and Social Studies


Assistant Professor


  • Group Practice Journal
    Umberger, L. and Walsh, S. K. Annual Education Day: How to Efficiently and Effectively Educate Your Staff.
    58(6), p. 16-20 2009


  • Why Healthcare Administrators Need Attorneys. Fraser Stryker Law Clerks, Omaha, NE. 2013
  • How are Academic Departments Dealing with the Financial Crisis? Association of Pathology Chairs Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. 2009
  • Service Excellence in Healthcare. Health Administration and Policy Student Association Meeting, Omaha, NE. 2004
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Personal Computer. American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management, Kearney, NE. 2000


  • Dean's Award for Non-Tenure Track Teaching
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Mentoring and Leader Development Award
    for exhibiting strong commitment to developing students/early careerists into leaders
    Nebraska and Western Iowa ACHE
  • Award for Professional Excellence - Major Advising
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Teaching for Tomorrow Award
    positively impacting lives of students by going above and beyond the call of duty to serve Creighton students, both in and out of the classroom, and exemplifying Cura Personalis.
    Creighton Student Union