Diane Howard will honored at the 2017 Alumni Awards Ceremony for her contributions to the school. She is associate professor and director of student development in the Department of Health Systems Management (HSM) at Rush University Medical Center, where she teaches courses in managed care, health care in America, and professionalism. She serves on the HSM career services, chairman’s council, curriculum, faculty appointments and promotions, recruiting and marketing, and research committees and is a member of the Rush University Medical Center Diversity Leadership Group. Prior to her appointment at Rush, she was vice president of medical delivery at Aetna; vice president of Medicare, Medicaid, and Individual Products at U.S. Healthcare; director of the American Hospital Association (AHA)’s Division of Ambulatory Care; and assistant vice president at Rush University Medical Center.
Howard is chair of the board of directors of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and a board member-at-large of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) Chicago Midwest chapter. She also is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), NAHSE Research committee chair, member of the ACHE Northern Illinois Regional Advisory Committee, board member and finance committee chair at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago, and member of the University of Pittsburgh and University of Illinois alumni advisory boards. She received the Leader-to-Leader Award from ACHE in 2016, and her publications have appeared in Frontiers of Healthcare Management, Journal of Health Administration Education, Healthcare Executive, Journal of Hospital Administration, Journal of Public Health, and Journal of Healthcare Management.
Howard received her MPH in health policy and administration from Pitt Public Health in 1979.