Denise Anthony named inaugural Rubin Department Chair of Health Management and Policy
The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved Anthony’s appointment to the chair, which was established by Amir Rubin, MHSA ’96, MBA ’96, and Nicole Rubin, MHSA ’95, with a transformational gift to the department in July.
“To be the inaugural Rubin Department Chair of Health Management and Policy is such an honor,” said Anthony, a professor of Health Management and Policy, Information and Sociology. “Nicole and Amir Rubin’s commitment to the program is both impressive and generous. They are incredible alumni because they embody the creativity, innovation and hard work that we see in all our students today and throughout the history of the Health Management and Policy program at Michigan Public Health. I hope to continue to embody those same attributes as the chair and to lead the department into the future with those strengths.”
Amir Rubin is CEO of One Medical, which seeks to transform healthcare through its human-centered and technology-powered national primary care organization and is now a part of Amazon. Nicole Rubin is founder and principal of Impact Solutions, LLC, and has worked with Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. as a consultant and advisor for more than a decade.
“We owe a great deal to Michigan Public Health and the Department of Health Management and Policy,” Amir Rubin said. “We learned from the best faculty in the field, pursued research while we were students, studied with amazing classmates and benefited immensely from the Michigan alumni network.”
Amir and I couldn’t be more excited about Denise Anthony being named the first Rubin Department Chair of Health Management and Policy. We are so fortunate to have her.”
— Nicole Rubin
The Rubins have played key roles in lending their expertise to Michigan Public Health for several years. Nicole Rubin is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board and Amir Rubin sits on the Griffith Leadership Center Advisory Board.
“Amir and I couldn’t be more excited about Denise Anthony being named the first Rubin Department Chair of Health Management and Policy,” Nicole Rubin said. “We are so fortunate to have her. As with everything, there is a lot of internal and external work that comes with being the chair, and being able to juggle those responsibilities with her own research program while meeting the demands of students and caring for them is why she is the perfect leader for this moment in time.”
Anthony has served as the chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy since October 2021. From 2020-21, she served as director of the Master of Health Informatics degree program, a two-year multidisciplinary program offered jointly by the university’s School of Information, School of Public Health, and Medical School.
“Denise Anthony is a shining example of the world-class faculty we have in the School of Public Health, especially in positions of leadership,” said F. DuBois Bowman, dean of Michigan Public Health. “Denise’s extensive experience at Michigan Public Health and in higher education administration, along with her collaborative research, will position the school well in leading this nationally recognized program into the future.”
A sociologist, Anthony’s research explores social dynamics of cooperation, trust and privacy in a variety of social settings, including in healthcare, workplaces, “smart” homes, and online. Some of her projects include research on racial disparities in the use of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of trust in the use of health technologies, and examining the security and privacy implications of Internet of Things in the home as part of the National Science Foundation-funded SPLICE Project.
Prior to joining Michigan Public Health in 2018, Anthony held several leadership positions at Dartmouth College. Anthony holds a PhD and a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and International Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.