Peter C. Olden, PhD, MHA


Peter C. Olden earned an MHA at Duke University in the 1970s and worked as a hospital executive for fourteen years at a community hospital, teaching hospital, and regional medical center. In the 1990s, he earned a PhD in Health Services Organization & Research at Virginia Commonwealth University and began his academic career at The University of Scranton. Pete is currently a Professor. For eleven years he directed the Graduate Health Administration Program, and he has also served as Department Chair. He has taught courses on health care management, strategic planning, economics, marketing, human resources, and the US health care system. His scholarship pertains mostly to managing health care organizations and preventive health. Dr. Olden has served on editorial boards and published in journals including Milbank Quarterly, Health Services Research, Journal of Healthcare Management, Health Care Management Review,Health Care Manager, and Journal of Health Administration Education. In 2011, he published an undergraduate textbook for health care management. He has presented at the Academy of Management, Association of University Programs in Health Administration, American Public Health Association, Academy Health, and in other countries. Pete is active in scholarly and professional associations and earned Fellowship in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He contributes service to health organizations, and has provided volunteer service at  local, state, and national levels.

Current and Past Research

Research and scholarship has studied hospitals, hospital systems, the US health care system, health promotion/wellness services, and management of health care organizations. 

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy Health
  • Academy of Management
  • American Association of University Professors
  • American College of Healthcare Executives
  • American Public Health Association
  • Association of University Programs in Health Administration
  • Healthcare Management Forum of Northeast Pennsylvania 

Goals to Accomplish

  • Help students prepare for careers managing health care organizations
  • Help students develop critical thinking skills
  • Help students who are interested in scholarship to become involved in it
  • Encourage students to become involved in community service and professional service 


  • Member of the Journal of Health Administration Education Editorial Board
  • Past Chair of the Health Administration Press/AUPHA Graduate Studies Editorial Board
  • Past Co-chair of the Organization Theory/Behavior Faculty Forum in the Association of University Programs in Health Administration
  • Awarded the American College of Healthcare Executives Service Award
  • Awarded the Faculty Leadership Award by the University of Scranton Chapter of ACHE
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