Michael E. Thompson, DrPH, MS

Adjunct Associate Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Associate Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Public Health Programs, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

DrPH, Johns Hopkins University
MS, University of Maryland at Baltimore County

Dr. Thompson is an Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he coordinates their CEPH-accredited Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree program and their CAHME-accredited Master of Health administration (MHA) Program.  His responsibilities include program evaluation, curriculum development, and implementation of educational innovations as well as accreditation activities.  Dr. Thompson holds an adjunct appointment at AUA and has been involved with the AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian College of Health Sciences since its inception.  From 2000-2005, Dr. Thompson was with AUA on a full-time basis, serving as the Associate Director of the MPH Program, Director of the Center for Health Services Research and Development, and Interim Vice President. Dr. Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree in biology (1986) from Johns Hopkins, a master’s degree in emergency health services administration (1988) from the University of Maryland, and a Doctor of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Management (health services research and evaluation) from Johns Hopkins (2002) based on research conducted in Armenia at CHSR.  Dr. Thompson is skilled in teaching group process and conflict resolution. Dr. Thompson’s research agenda is focused on providing the evidence base for vulnerable communities to collaborate in identifying and addressing their challenges.  As such, he has tackled issues ranging from blindness prevention to dental public health to tobacco control to hospital quality assurance, with most efforts focused on reproductive/maternal child health, self-rated health, and public health workforce development.  In addition to helping launch the AUA and UNC Charlotte public health programs, Dr. Thompson has consulted on the establishment or improvement of graduate public health programs in Lebanon, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.