John E. Paul, PhD, MSPH

Professor Emeritus
Department of Health Policy and Management


John Paul is an emeritus Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

He served as chair of the HPM Committee on Educational Excellence and Innovation for eight years, promoting innovative teaching approaches and use of technology in the classroom.

Prior to joining UNC-CH, Dr. Paul was a Vice President at RTI Health Solutions, a pharmaceutical industry consulting firm. He also served as U.S. Director, Global Health Outcomes, at GlaxoWellcome plc, and was Director of Clinical Economics for the GlaxoWellcome Care Management Division. As a Senior Health Services Researcher at RTI International, Dr. Paul led Patient Outcome Research Team (PORT) studies, as well as both Federal and state Medicare and Medicaid capitation studies.

In addition to his experience in the U.S. public and private sectors, Dr. Paul has extensive experience with health care issues faced by resource-constrained countries in Africa and Asia, initially as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer and subsequently through projects such as the USAID-funded Water and Sanitation for Health (WASH) project. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of World Health & Population for eight years.

Honors and Awards

Health Policy and Management Alumni Leadership Award
2018, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School of Public Health Teaching Innovation Award
2012, 2013, 2015, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

UNC-CH Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaurate Instruction
2011, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Fellow
2005-2010, Sheps Center for Health Services Research

Career Author Award
2004, RTI International

Research Activities

  • Organizational behavior in healthcare
  • Pharmaceutical development and pharmacoeconomics
  • Health outcomes research
  • Organization and delivery of healthcare in developing countries
  • Teaching methods and graduate education

Key Publications

Structure and Funding of Hospitalist Programs. In Rakich JS, Longest, BB, and Darr, K, eds. Cases in Health Services Management, 6th ed. Paul JE, Gilson, G (2016). Health Professions Press.

Impact of Hospitalist Programs on Mortality and Readmissions among Medicare Patients. Jungerwirth R, Wheeler S, Paul JE (2014). Journal of Hospital Medicine, 9(1), 1-6.

Contraceptive Practice in Indonesia: Did the Village Midwife Program Make a Difference? Weaver EH, Frankenberg E, Fried BJ, Wheeler SB, Paul JE. (2013). Studies in Family Planning, 44(4), 389-409.

On Beyond Clickers: Twitter as a Classroom Response System. Paul JE, Iannitti, N. (2012). Journal of Health Administration Education, 29(4).

Hartland Memorial Hospital: An In-box and Priority Setting Exercise. Integrative case in Daft, RL Organization Theory and Design, 10th ed. Rondeau KV, Paul JE, Rakich JS. (2010). South-Western College Publishing.


  • AB, Chemistry, Cornell University, 1969
  • MEd, Guidance and Counseling, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1975
  • MSPH, Health Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1980
  • PhD, Health Policy and Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1983