Faculty Highlight – Dr. Kim teaches Health Care Organization Theory and Behavior. This course is about learning, understanding, and applying macro and micro theories that are relevant to explain and solve various problems in health care. Macro theory focuses on understanding how health care organizations behave and change their forms to adapt to the environment. Micro theory deals with human behavioral problems in health care, such as motivation, leadership, communication, and/or conflict.
Dr. Kim’s research focuses on organizational and behavioral problems in health care. She is especially interested in the turnover intent of direct care workers in long-term care settings, such as nursing homes, home health agencies, and adult day care. At an organizational level, Dr. Kim studies what structural forms in health care organizations look like and how these structures are associated with organizational/individual outcomes, such as change outcomes or worker satisfaction. Recently, Dr. Kim has broadened her interest in the public health sector. She is currently working on a community need assessment for mental health and long-term care in Douglas County.
Dr. Kim has been a participant in the Community Engagement Coordinating Council at the UNMC College of Public Health. In November 2012, she became a COPH representative on the UNMC Faculty Senate.
Jungyoon Kim, PhD, is an assistant professor in the UNMC COPH Department of Health Services Research and Administration.