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Iris Buder

Iris Buder, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, MHA Program Director, Associate Professor of Economics

Office: BA 537

(208) 282-3979


Ph.D., University of Utah
MS, Auburn University
BA, Auburn University

Dr. Buder teaches undergraduate courses in the economics of health care, labor economics, microeconomics, econometrics, mathematics for economics, and economic issues. Her research interests in the area of health economics include analyzing the economic costs of diseases, conducting cost-effectiveness analyses for public health interventions, and researching health disparities. Her research interests in the area of labor economics include labor market disparities, occupational prestige, and wage disparities. She currently serves as a board member for Health West Community Center and enjoys spending time biking or hiking in her free time.

Ruiling Guo, DHA

Professor of Healthcare Administration

Office: BA 530

(208) 282-2927


DHA, Central Michigan University
MPH, Idaho State University
MLIS, McGill University
BA, Peking University

Dr. Guo received her doctorate in Health Administration (DHA) from Central Michigan University. Her research interests include evidence-based management in healthcare decision-making, healthcare policy, population health, comparative health systems, and health IT. She has received numerous research grants and awards. Her research articles have appeared in the American Journal of Management, Journal of Health Administration Education, International Journal of Healthcare Management, Leadership in Health Services, Journal of Community Health, Hospital Topics, and Journal of Medical Informatics. Dr. Guo has extensive working and teaching experience in international health care systems and academia. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of the University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), a fellow of the Center for Evidence-based Management, a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals, a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a reviewer for the AUPHA certification committees and peer-reviewed journals in healthcare administration and medical/health sciences.

Sonali S. Salunkhe, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H

Assistant Professor of Healthcare Administration

Office: BA 528

(208) 282-3793


Ph.D., University of Louisville
M.P.H, University of Louisville
M.D., Saratov State Medical University

Dr. Salunkhe’s primary research interests include access to healthcare and health policy. Additionally, her research interests focus on health services research, maternal and child health, healthcare disparities, social determinants of health, healthcare economics, and spinal cord injury.

Joshua Thompson

Joshua Thompson

Undergraduate Program Director & Clinical Associate Professor

Office: BA 524

(208) 282-2975


Joshua Thompson is a Graduate of Idaho State University, where he received an MPA emphasizing in Health Care Administration. He is also a graduate of the Villanova Six Sigma Green Belt Healthcare Program. He has worked as a CEO and Administrator of an acute care psychiatric hospital, VP of multiple outpatient clinics and as a Licensed Administrator of multiple Nursing Homes. He is currently in his 1st term as a Board Member for the Idaho State University Alumni Board. He served on the Idaho Board of Examines of Nursing Home Administrators for 9 years and as Chairman for 7 of those years. He began teaching at ISU in 2014 as an Adjunct Professor and was hired on full-time as a Professor in August of 2017.

Executive in Residence

Doug Crabtree

Doug Crabtree, MPA

Executive in Residence Visiting Clinical Professor


Doug Crabtree is the Healthcare Administration program's first Executive in Residence (EIR). Crabtree recently retired from the Idaho Falls hospital, Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC) where he worked as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for 19 years. As the program’s EIR, Crabtree will take the role as instructor in both graduate and undergraduate level HCA and Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) programs. In this role, Crabtree will also use his extensive background working in the healthcare administration field to provide academic program directors and the College of Business dean with advise in the initial launch of the MHA program

Throughout his career, Crabtree has served in numerous high level positions in the healthcare industry for over 30 years in addition to being the Idaho Hospital Association Chair twice.