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Sister Mary  Kelly

Associate Professor

Sister Mary Kelly
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: CHP
Room: 321
Phone: 313.993.3284
Sister Mary Kelly
Areas of Expertise:
Health Care Delivery and Policy Issues
Research Methods for the Health Professions
Overview of Health Care Systems
Health Promotion
Sisters of Mercy
Women in Health Professions


  • Doctor of Public Health, University of Michigan 2001
  • Master of Business Administration, Michigan State University, 1980
  • Bachelor of Arts, Mercy College of Detroit, 1968


I began at UDM in 1995-96 as Assistant Professor and Chair in the Health Services Administration Department in the College of Health Professions. I have worked with Trinity Health (and some of its predecessor organizations)in health care governance and management for more than two decades. I earned a Doctorate in Public Health in August 2001 from the School of Public Health at The University of Michigan. I have been a Sister of Mercy and a Detroiter most of my life!

My doctoral research was on factors that predict unplanned hospital readmission of normal newborns. The larger context of that work is health systems quality improvement. I have also researched sponsorship in Catholic health care as it evolves into new forms.

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