Merle Point-Johnson, DHA

Instructional Faculty,
Department of Healthcare

Dr. Merle Point-Johnson is an experienced educator with more than 15 years of teaching experience in the online, face-to-face, and blended delivery platforms. In addition to her teaching experience, she has 20+ years of industry experience as a medical case manager, medical/dental/disability claims auditor, benefits analyst, and plan administrator.
Merle's research interest includes persistence decisions of adult learners and health policy and reform. She is passionate about community service and works with various community partners to support health and wellness initiatives, particularly in disenfranchised communities. She enjoys quality time with friends and family, traveling and entertaining. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing at the beach and listening to music.
Dr. Point's teaching philosophy encompasses three primary objectives - to inspire, challenge, and empower students to reach their full potential. She believes in student-centered learning and creating a dynamic learning environment where students are engaged and appropriately challenged to think beyond their comfort zone.
She enjoys "collecting" motivational quotes. One of her favorite quotes is "Be the change that you wish to see in the world" by Mahatma Ghandi.

Education

  • Master's in Health Care Management
    University of Phoenix
  • Doctorate in Health Administration
    University of Phoenix
  • Master's in Instructional Design and Technology
    Purdue University
  • Bachelor's in Marketing
    South Carolina State College

Research Interests

Health Policy and Health Reform

Program Affiliations

M.Ed. in Health and Wellness Education Master of Education

The Master of Education in Health and Wellness degree will help you teach others about healthy life choices. You will learn about a wide range of health topics, and how to assess a community or an organization to determine health education priorities. Once you graduate, you will be prepared to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

31

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Master of Healthcare Administration Master of Science

The Master of Healthcare Administration prepares students for advanced leadership roles in the healthcare field, providing real world experience in management and strategy development. It also includes coursework that results in eligibility to take the Lean Healthcare exam.

36

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B.S. in Healthcare Administration Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration is a bachelor completion program designed for working healthcare professionals, or individuals who want to transition to the healthcare field, who have some college credit and want an accessible and affordable option to complete their degree in healthcare administration. Designed for individuals with an associates degree or some college credit, this bachelor’s degree completion program gives you a direct pathway toward earning a bachelor’s degree*. This program explores current legal and ethical issues in the growing and diverse field of healthcare administration, and provides students with a foundation in marketing, finance, human resources, and information management. You will learn leadership skills and other skills critical to a healthcare administrator such as effective communication, technology, critical thinking. This program includes a dual credit course, so by the end of the program you will have three credits that can be applied toward the Master of Healthcare Administration degree.

36

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Certificate in Executive Healthcare Quality and Financial Management Certificate

This graduate certificate is designed for current healthcare professionals wishing to advance their skills in areas such as leadership, strategy, finance and more. It also includes a micro-credential sequence that upon completion results in eligibility to take the Lean Healthcare exam.

18

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