Dr. Myung-Il Hahm, a South Korean professor of health administration and management, is moving to Fort Worth to immerse himself in American culture and education while helping to improve the academic preparation of public health students by providing a different perspective on the field. Dr. Hahm will begin his new role as a professor at the UNT Health Science Center next year.
Hahm, an associate professor of Health Administration and Management at the Soonchunhyang University College of Medical Science in Seoul, South Korea, will begin teaching in February 2016 at UNTHSC as a visiting scholar. Dr. Hahm is going to visit the United States as part of his sabbatical studies and expects to increase his knowledge on the structure of health care management graduate programs in the US.
“Welcoming Dr. Hahm to our team is a great cultural exchange for the UNTHSC School of Public Health, in that we all have much to share with each other,” said in a press release UNTHSC dean Richard Kurz, PhD. “One of the goals of our program is to help students gain a well-rounded, global public health perspective, giving them a look into the issues and challenges of other countries and health care systems around the world, and we look forward to learning from Dr. Hahm.”
His career has been focused on topics linked to the discrepancy between cancer screening, allergic disease, health care utilization and access to care, but he has also conducted investigations on patient trust, and the disparity between doctors’ and public fulfillment within the National Health Insurance system in South Korea.