Tracey Koehlmoos, Ph.D.

Tracey Koehlmoos, Ph.D.

Tracey Koehlmoos

Name: Tracey Koehlmoos, Ph.D.

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Division Director and Associate Professor, HSA

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Office Phone: (301) 319-4519
Room: A2004

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Dr. Koehlmoos joined the faculty of the Uniformed Services University in July 2015 in order to lead the development of a robust health services administration and policy research and graduate program in support of the military health system. Previously she served as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. As senior program liaison for community health she served as a senior representative of the Marine Corps on community health policy and research working groups at the interagency, Department of Defense and Department of the Navy levels.  She made recommendations on complex issues requiring knowledge of administrative laws, policies, regulation, and precedent applicable to the administration of community health programs and gender integration. Further, she monitored research to test new and best practices to improve the lives of Marines, their families and the communities in which they serve.

Dr. Koehlmoos is a health systems and policy scientist who specializes in leading complex tasks, program development and capacity building across the spectrum of health systems building blocks. Prior to transitioning to domestic and defense healthcare, she lived and worked in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia. Previously Dr. Koehlmoos served as the head of the Health & Family Planning Systems Programme at ICDDR,B in Dhaka Bangladesh. There, she scaled up zinc for the treatment of childhood diarrhea; founded the Centre for Control of Chronic Diseases and created and led the Centre for Systematic Review, which focuses on health systems and policy issues in low- and middle-income countries and conducted capacity building in this methodology across South Asia.

An award-winning researcher and writer, she has more than 85 publications appearing in the Lancet, PLoS Medicine, the Cochrane Library, and Health Policy among others and a host of multi-media productions including television series and a documentary. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Medical Case Reports and serves on the Cochrane Library Oversight Committee. She blogs for the British Medical Journal.  Her consultancies include the World Food Programme, the World Bank, the World Health Organization and the National Academies of Science, Institute of Medicine.

Since 2005 Dr. Koehlmoos has served as an adjunct professor in the College of Health & Human Services at George Mason University. There, she pioneered global teaching and distance learning through the development and implementation of web-based courses in the Department of Health Administration and Policy covering the US Health Services System, Comparative International Health Systems, and Organizational Behavior.

Dr. Koehlmoos holds a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Davidson College and a Master of Health Administration and Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Health from the University of South Florida. She completed an administrative fellowship at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida.

A former Army Air Defense Artillery officer who earned the Army Commendation, Army Achievement and South West Asia Service medals, Dr. Koehlmoos post-Army awards include the Family Support Group Leader Europe Award, the Army Civilian Achievement Medal, the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, and the Honorable Order of Joan d’Arc. She is a graduate of the Joint Military Attaché School. She is the widow of Colonel Randall ‘Moose’ Koehlmoos, US Army, and mother of Robert (USMA 2016), Michael and David Koehlmoos.