Susan Doherty M.A.

Susan Doherty, M.A.

Health & Human Services - Adjunct Instructor

Campus Box: # 12
sdoherty@smumn.edu


Susan Doherty, M.A., is an educator and provides consultative services to clients in healthcare, human services, and higher education. She is currently focused in on workforce challenges within the health sector, from hospitals to long term care and community-based services, and initiatives associated with advancing quality improvement across the continuum of care.

As a former corporate public affairs and government relations officer, Susan Doherty, MA, has a background is in public policy, strategic health communication and strategy, and community health improvement/community benefit. She has provided guidance in the areas of federal payment and health policy, state Medicaid redesign, system reform, and professional practice boards and related issues.

Susan has extensive experience in graduate and undergraduate educational programming, including currently serving as faculty for the Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota School of Graduate and Professional Programs, where she previously served as the program director (residential, blended and fully online) for several years. She also serves on the faculty for the University of Minnesota and formerly as faculty for North Dakota State University. She is a frequent speaker, lecturer, and facilitator for a variety of associations, health systems, and related organizations.

Susan and her husband, John, enjoy traveling, golfing, biking, boating, and time with their family. 

  • Areas of Expertise

    Health policy issues (local, state, and federal)

  • Scholarly & Creative Interests

    Health Policy and Ethics

  • Courses Taught Recently at Saint Mary's

    HS715 Advanced Health Policy and Ethics

  • Professional Organizations

    Susan serves on a number of committees and boards, including the Institutional Review Board for Olmsted Medical Center, MHealth Mother’s and Children’s Advisory Committee, Children’s Cancer Research Fund Executive Committee and Board, the Advisory Committee for the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s ​Pain and Advanced/Complex Care Team (PACCT), and on the Education Committee for the American College of Healthcare Executives - Minnesota.

  • Education

    Her education includes an undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University - Moorhead in Political Science, and a Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Susan recently completed the state licensing exam for nursing home administration in Minnesota and is now preparing for the national licensing exam.  

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