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William  Pearson

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct or Visiting, Executive MPH

Adjunct or Visiting, Health Policy and Management

I have been working in the healthcare field since 1990; working in hospitals, private physician offices, managed care organizations, long-term care facilities and currently a public health agency. While working as an administrator of a 60-bed skilled nursing facility, I was told by my regional director that "the bottom line of all of this is the bottom line". At that point, it occurred to me how the provision of healthcare in the United States was basically a business and that it was a very large industry. So, I decided to go back to school to study in detail how our healthcare system operates. For more than 20 years now, I have been studying the delivery, financing and organization of the US healthcare system and it always surprises me at how vast and complex this system is. It is amazing how our healthcare system came into being and how it is currently evolving.

I received my masters degree in Healthcare Administration (MHA) from the Medical University of South Carolina and my doctorate in Health Services Research (PhD) from the University of South Carolina.

Contact Information

Atlanta , GA


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Areas of Interest

  • Health Outcomes
  • Health Services Research
  • Healthcare Systems


  • PhD 2004, University of South Carolina
  • MHA 1999, Medical University of South Carolina

Affiliations & Activities

Fellow, American College of Epidemiology (2010-Present), Chair - Admissions Committee (2016 - 2018)


  • , , Congenital Syphilis in the Medicaid Program: Assessing Challenges and Opportunities Through the Experiences of Seven Southern States, Womens Health Issues, 24, S1039-3867
  • , , Addressing the STI Epidemic Through the Medicaid Program: A Roadmap for States and Managed Care Organizations, Public Health Reports, 137, 5-10
  • , , Characterizing Financial Sustainability of Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinics Through Insurance Billing Practices., Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 28, 358-365
  • , , Choosing the Emergency Department as an Alternative for STD Care: Potential Disparities in Access, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 33, 1163-1168
  • , , Medicaid Coverage of Sexually Transmitted Disease Service Visits., American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 57, 51-56
  • , , National Estimates of Injectable Antibiotic Unavailability for Treatment of Gonorrhea and Syphilis in US Physician Offices, Emerging Infectious Diseases, ,
  • , , Improvement Still Needed in Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing Among HIV-Positive Medicaid Enrollees, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 45, 49
  • , , Improving STD service delivery: Would American patients and providers use self-tests for gonorrhea and chlamydia?, Preventive Medicine, 115, 26-30.
  • , , An increase in sexually transmitted infections seen in US emergency departments., Preventive Medicine, 100, 143-144
  • , , Correlates of county-level nonviral sexually transmitted infection hot spots in the US: application of hot spot analysis and spatial logistic regression., Annals of Epidemiology, 27, 231-237
  • , , Increase in Urgent Care Center Visits for Sexually Transmitted Infections, United States, 2010-2014., Emerging Infectious Diseases, 23, 367-369
  • , , Willingness to use Health Insurance at a Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic: A Survey of Patients at 21 US Clinics, American Journal of Public Health, ,
  • , , Demographic and Health Services Characteristics Associated with Testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections among a Commercially Insured Population of HIV-positive Patients., Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, ,
  • , , Differences in treatment of chlamydia trachomatis by ambulatory care setting., Journal of Community Health, ,
  • , , State-based Medicaid Costs for Pediatric Asthma Emergency Department Visits, Preventing Chronic Disease, 11,
  • , , Capitated Payments to Primary Care Providers and the Delivery of Patient Education, Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 26, 350-355
  • , , A review of traumatic brain injury trauma center visits meeting physiologic criteria from the American College of Surgeons – Committee on Trauma/ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Field Triage Guidelines, Prehospital Emergency Care, 16, 323-328
  • , , Emergency department visits for traumatic brain injury in older adults in the United States: 2006-08, Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 13, 289-293
  • , , Multiple chronic conditions and the aging of America: A challenge for primary care physicians, Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, 3, 51-56
  • , , Analysis of five-year trends in self-reported language preference and issues of item non-response among Hispanic persons in a large cross-sectional health survey: implications for the measurement of an ethnic minority population, Population Health Metrics, 8,
  • , , Relationships between serious psychological distress and the use of health services in the United States: findings from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, International Journal of Public Health, 54, 23-29
  • , , Language preference as a predictor of access to and use of healthcare services among Hispanics in the United States, Ethnicity and Disease, 18, 93-97
  • , , Ten-year comparison of estimates of overweight and obesity, diagnosed diabetes and use of office-based physician services for treatment of diabetes in the United States, Preventive Medicine, 45, 353-357
  • , , Use of Computerized Medical Records in Home Health and Hospice Agencies: U.S., 2000, Vital and Health Statistics, 13,
  • , , Relationship between continuity of care and diabetes control: evidence from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, American Journal of Public Health, 94, 66-70
  • , , Subclinical hypothyroidism and the risk of hypercholesterolemia, Annals of Family Medicine, 2, 351-355
  • , , The role of pharmacists in the delivery of influenza vaccinations, Vaccine, 22, 1001-1006
  • , , The Treatment of HIV/AIDS in the Nursing Home: Variations in Rural and Urban Long Term Care Settings, Southern Medical Journal, 97, 338-341
  • , , Aspirin and ibuprofen: potential mediators of the cardiovascular risk due to smoking?, Family Medicine, 35, 112-118
  • , , Trends in Antimicrobial Prescribing for Bronchitis and Upper Respiratory Infections Among Adults and Children, American Journal of Public Health, 93, 1910-1914
  • , , Should we screen for hemochromatosis? An examination of evidence of downstream effects on morbidity and mortality, Archives of Internal Medicine (JAMA), 162, 1769-1774