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About the Institute for Population Health

For the Greater Good

The Institute for Population Health serves as a collaborative hub for public health research, data and Creighton’s care-based initiatives, which range from financial education to healthcare clinics. Those initiatives extend to the classroom, too. Educating health sciences professionals to embrace population health prepares them to be innovative, culturally competent leaders.

Leadership & Team

Scott Shipman

Scott Shipman, MD, MPH, is the inaugural CyncHealth Endowed Chair of Population Health at Creighton University, and the executive director of the Institute for Population Health at Creighton. This university-level institute, launched in fall of 2023, partners with each of Creighton’s undergraduate and graduate schools and its clinical partners in the Midwest and in Arizona, and with the many key stakeholders that influence health and well-being in our communities.

Shipman spent the previous decade as director of Clinical Innovations and director of Primary Care Initiatives at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), where he worked with health system leaders to promote effective innovations in ambulatory care delivery and training. He led AAMC activities focused on telehealth innovations within teaching health systems. Shipman established Project CORE (Coordinating Optimal Referral Experiences), a leading model of care that measurably improved quality, efficiency and access at the interface of primary care and specialty care. He oversaw the scaling of this model to more than 50 large health systems in more than 20 states across the U.S.

A pediatrician and health services researcher by training, Shipman has studied the healthcare workforce and workforce policy extensively. He completed medical school at the University of Nebraska, residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Johns Hopkins, where he also received his MPH. 

Read the Creighton Magazine feature about Shipman and the IPH.

Sarah King

Sarah King joined Creighton University in 2022 as a program manager for population health efforts at the University. At Creighton, she collaborates with partners from across the University to establish early efforts for the Institute and help guide the Institute’s overall strategic planning and programming. Prior to joining Creighton, Ms. King spent eight years at the Association of American Medical Colleges on the Clinical Innovations team where she helped to establish the AAMC’s telehealth strategic plan that included developing telehealth competencies, launching the Telehealth Equity Catalyst Award and Grant Program, and forming a telehealth learning collaborative. She has worked closely with over 50 health systems across the nation. Ms. King’s previous experiences include quality and education at a nonprofit hospice, serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, and as a health volunteer in Uganda with Peace Corps.  


Advisory Committee Members  

The committee’s mission is to support the development and launch of Creighton’s Institute for Population Health by advising on the vision/mission of the IPH and its early work to ensure strong partnerships and relevance for the whole of Creighton University, affiliated health systems and the broader community.  


Committee Members

Jason Beste, MD, MPH
Executive Director, Arrupe Global Scholars and Partnerships Program; Associate Professor, Creighton University

Claudia Chambers, MD
Associate Dean, Medical Education; Associate Professor, Creighton University

Kevin FitzGerald, SJ, PhD, PhD
Chair, Department of Medical Humanities; Associate Professor, Creighton University

Kevin Fuji, PharmD, MA
Associate Professor, Pharmacy, Creighton University

Roger Gonzales, MPH
PhD Candidate, Health Promotion
University of Nebraska Medical Center – College of Public Health

Jed Hansen, PhD, APRN, FNP-C
Executive Director, Nebraska Rural Health Association

Jennifer Jessen, EdD, RN, CNOR
Executive Director, CIPER; Assistant Professor, Creighton University

Tracy Leavelle, PhD
Director, Kingfisher Institute for the Liberal Arts and Professions; Professor, Creighton University

Tom Lenz, PharmD
Chair, Bachelor of Arts in Healthy Lifestyle Management; Professor, Creighton University

Jason Marshall, PhD
Assistant Professor, Heider College of Business, Creighton University

Amy McGaha, MD, FAAFP
Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine; Professor, Creighton University

Chelsea Oliver, MPH 
Public Health Advocate

Ken Reed-Bouley
Director, Schlegel Center for Service and Justice, Creighton University

Sonia Rocha-Sanchez, PhD, MBA
Director, Biomedical Sciences Research Core; Professor, Creighton University

Chris Rodgers, MBA, MPA
Director, Government and Community Relations, Creighton University

John Stone, MD, PhD
Co-Executive Director, Center for Promoting Health and Health Equity; Professor, Creighton University

Maureen Tierney, MD, MS
Associate Dean, Clinical Research and Public Health; Professor, Creighton University

Jillian Wallen, BDS, MS
Dean, School of Dentistry; Professor, Creighton University