Dr. Susan Helm-Murtagh

Susan Helm-Murtagh, DrPH, MM

Associate Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management


Dr. Helm-Murtagh is an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, where she currently teaches strategic management and leadership in the DrPH program. She is the co-founder and director of The Ellie Helm Foundation (Sturgeon Bay, WI), and co-founder and director of The Athletes’ Coalition (Boulder, CO). She also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (Berkeley, CA), a non-profit, physical activity-based positive youth development organization.

Previously, she was vice president at Mosaic Health Solutions (a division of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina), where she was responsible for building and managing -- through acquisition, investment and development -- a portfolio of health solutions products and services centered on information technology, analytics and consumer engagement. She has over twenty-five years of health care payer experience, including health informatics, information management, strategic development, software development, marketing, and operations.

Dr. Helm-Murtagh holds a BS in psychology and management science from Duke University, an MM in marketing and finance from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a DrPH from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Representative Courses

HPM 820 - Organizational Leadership Theory and Practice

HPM 959 - Strategic Planning for Public and Non-Profit Organizations


  • BS, Psychology and Management Science, Duke University, 1985
  • MM, Marketing and Finance, Northwestern University, 1991
  • DrPH, Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009