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About Bettye A. Apenteng

Biography, Disciplines and Teaching Interests
Dr. Apenteng is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University. She completed her Ph.D. in Health Services Research, Administration, and Policy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha. She is trained in the application of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies in public health and health services research and practice. Her research and practice interests are in the relationships among health organizational structure, behavior and performance and how these relationships collectively shape health systems capacity and optimal functioning; health services access utilization and cost; and health equity and population outcomes. She has a strong passion for end-of-life care and rural health systems and has published extensively in this area.

Dr. Apenteng has expertise in healthcare planning (including strategic planning), quality improvement as well as financial and systems performance assessments. She has led several healthcare system performance, quality improvement and community needs assessment studies, where she provided analytical support and provided technical assistance to rural health organizations. She has worked on several collaborative projects with Georgia health organizations, including the Southwest Area Health Resource Center Workforce Assessment Project, the Migrant Farmworker Health Needs Assessment Project, the Coastal Health District Workforce Development Project, the Flex Operational and Financial Improvement Grant, the Rural Community Health Systems Planning Project and the Rural Hospital Sustainability Project.

Disciplines: Health Policy and Management
Teaching Interests: Health Policy; Health Organization Theory, Behavior and Management; Health Services Research Methods


Present Faculty Member, Georgia Southern University Department of Health Policy & Community Health

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 3rd National Best Student in the West African Examination Council’s Senior SecondaryCertificate Examination (2003)
  • Recipient, University Merit Scholar (Undergraduate), University of Washington (2006‐2008)
  • Dean’s List, University of Washington, Seattle (2006‐2008)
  • Howard Hughes Memorial Institute Undergraduate Research Intern 2007 at theDepartment of Biology, University of Washington
  • Member, Golden Key Honors Society, University of Washington (2007–present)
  • Member, UNMC Graduate Student Association (2009–present)
  • Recipient of Travel Stipend to Denver, Colorado for American Public Health Association AnnualConference (2010)
  • Recipient of Travel Stipend to Washington, DC for American Public Health Association AnnualConference (2011)
  • Recipient, Best PhD Student Poster, UNMC, CoPH Student Research Conference (2011)
  • Recipient, Public Health Policy/Practice Student Assembly Award, American Public HealthAssociation (APHA) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (2011)
  • Recipient of Travel Stipend to San Francisco, CA for American Public Health AssociationAnnual Conference (2012)
  • Recipient, Caruth Wagner Scholar in Public Health (2012)
  • Recipient, Faculty Award of Excellence in Scholarship, Georgia Southern University (2015-2016)
  • Nominee, Excellence in Research and/or Creative Scholarly Pursuit Award, Georgia Southern University (2017-2018)


  • Population Health
  • Health Organization Communication
  • Directed Individual Study (Health Services Research Methods)
  • Directed Individual Study (Capstone)
  • Health Policy and Management (Introductory Course)
  • Directed Individual Study (Health Organization Theory, Behavior and Management)


2013 Ph.D. in Health Services Research Administration and Policy, University of Nebraska Medical Center
2008 B.S. in Neurobiology, University of Washington
2008 B.S. in Individualized Studies (Public Health Emphasis), University of Washington

Contact Information

P.O. Box 8015
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-2674
Office: Hendricks Hall, Room 2010


Peer-Reviewed Publications (50)