Kathy H. Wood, PhD, CHFP

Kathy H. Wood, PhD, CHFP

College of Health, Human Services, and Science

Dr. Kathy H. Wood is an Assistant Professor in the College of Health, Human Services, and Science at Ashford University. She earned a PhD in Organization and Management with a concentration in Information Technology from Capella University, a Master of Business Administration from Winthrop University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from Appalachian State University. She also earned a post-graduate certificate in Health Care Management from Capella and has completed three semester courses in Long-Term Care and Advanced Healthcare Management from University of South Dakota. Dr. Wood is a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) and a Fellow with the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), a Certified Assisted Living Administrator and a Certified Cancer Support Educator. Before moving into the educational arena, she worked in an IT corporation’s healthcare division, implementing and supporting applications for healthcare integrated systems. After that, she served as the director of business services (Patient Financial Services) at a mid-sized hospital, then as a practice administrator for a medium-sized group practice. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in subjects such as healthcare finance, ethics, information technology, business, and non-profit management. She also does quite a bit of educational-type consulting, including business professionalism and social etiquette, customer service for healthcare professionals, and using information technology for operational efficiencies. Dr. Wood encourages students to do volunteer work within their field of study, because it can help them know their field better, expands their network, and opens up future career opportunities. She continues to volunteer for HFMA as well as community organizations such as the Long-term Care Advisory Committee. She says, “I always tell students that are struggling with the family/work/school balance that even if the timing may change slightly, the goal will not. If they keep working towards it one step at a time, they will achieve it.” Dr. Wood lives in Hickory, NC with her husband Gene and their four children.