Susan K. Walsh, MHSA, RN, FACHE

Susan K. Walsh, MHSA, RN, FACHE

Susan K. Walsh, MHSA, RN, FACHE

Assistant Professor
Program Director, Completed Program Review and drafted plan/timeline for certification by AUPHA (Association of University Programs in Health Administration)  Liaison to HAPSA (Health Administration and Policy Student Association) which led to monthly meetings and multiple educational offerings including SLU graduate school presentation  Coordinated HAP course schedules for academic year  On-boarded and oriented three new faculty  Perform senior checks to ensure majors and minors are eligible for winter, spring, and summer graduation  Coordinated acceptance of major/minor requests for HAP and PH (Public Health); implemented personalized acknowledgement emails for each newly accepted student
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments


  • Cultural and Social Studies


  • 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.

Publications and Presentations


  • , 58(6), 16-20


Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Curriculum Development, Internship Development, Career Advising

Current Research Projects

  • Curriculum and Certification for Health Administration and Policy undergraduate programs and students

Awards and Honors

  • Dean's Award for Non-Tenure Track Teaching, College of Arts and Sciences, 2018
  • Mentoring and Leader Development Award, Nebraska and Western Iowa ACHE, 2016
  • Award for Professional Excellence - Major Advising, College of Arts and Sciences, 2016
  • Teaching for Tomorrow Award, Creighton Student Union, 2016