Tanya M. Benedict, PhD, CPH

Tanya M. Benedict, PhD, CPH

Tanya M. Benedict, PhD, CPH

School of Medicine, Omaha Campus

Academic Appointments


  • Clinical Research and Public Health


  • Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • College of Nursing

Teaching Activity

  • MHM 600 Managing Public Healthcare Organizations
  • MPH 601 Organization and Management of Public Health Services
  • MPH 610 Pre-practice Preparation
  • MPH 611 Practice Experience
  • MPH 612 Capstone
  • MPH 633 Health Economics and Finance
  • MPH 635 Public Health Leadership
  • NUR 704 Health Care Policy & Law


Prior to joining Creighton University, Dr. Benedict was in the College of Health Sciences at West Chester University where she served for 15 years as Director of the Graduate Program in Health Care Management in the Department of Health and Associate Professor in the Masters of Public Health and Public Health/Health Promotion programs. Previously, Dr. Benedict was the Director of the Health Care Management graduate program and Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas. She graduated Cum Laude with B.A. and M.S. degrees from the University of Arkansas and received her Ph.D. in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, in 1999. Dr. Benedict also spent 10 years in a variety of managerial positions at Beverly Enterprises, the largest nursing home corporation in the world with an estimated $2.2 billion in yearly revenue and over 34,000 employees.
Dr. Benedict is a co-author of a nationally adopted college textbook in health and wellness and has been a contributing author for more than 20 health and wellness chapters. She has peer reviewed publications in the areas of health care access, health behavior and attitudes, and distance education. She has served as a textbook reviewer for Benjamin Cummings/Pearson Education and Wadsworth Thomson Learning. Her research is published in leading journals including the American Journal of Health Studies and The IAFOR Journal of Education. Dr. Benedict has presented extensively at both international and national conferences and she has had the honor of teaching at Oxford’s Harris - Manchester College in England. She is a Certified Public Health Professional (CPH) which is the only credential of its kind for public health demonstrating both knowledge of public health and commitment to the field through continuing education focused on emerging and established public health issues. Dr. Benedict is also currently pursuing board certification in healthcare management through the completion of the premier fellowship offered by the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). She has served as the Chairperson of the Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE) Health Advocacy committee and she is an active member in the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Public Health Association, and the Society of Public Health Education.

Publications and Presentations


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