Skip to Main Content
Idaho State University home

Healthcare Administration

Daniel Kim, Ph.D.

Portneuf Medical Center Endowed MHA Program Director & Assistant Professor

Office: BA 528

(208) 282-3793

Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham 
BA, University of Michigan
Dr. Kim received his doctorate from University of Alabama at Birmingham with an emphasis in strategy. His primary research interests focus on health literacy, health disparity, leadership competencies, strategic management and outcomes. He has taught courses in the US healthcare system, research methods, and philosophy of science. 
Tracy J. Farnsworth

Tracy J. Farnsworth, EdD., MHSA, MBA, FACHE

Associate Professor

BA, Brigham Young University

MA, Arizona State University

PhD, Idaho State University

Dr. Tracy J. Farnsworth is an Associate Professor. In October 2016, Farnsworth was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Farnsworth is a graduate of Brigham Young University. He received Masters Degrees in Business and Health Services Administration from Arizona State University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at ISU.

Prior to his transition to higher education Dr. Farnsworth assumed various Hospital CEO and executive level appointments with Intermountain Healthcare, Catholic Healthcare West, the City of Hope National Medical Center, and other public and private healthcare organizations.

A Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Dr. Farnsworth has written and spoken widely on subjects related to hospital and health systems performance improvement, healthcare reform, medical education, healthcare leadership/governance.

Ruiling Guo

Ruiling Guo, DHA

Associate Professor

Office: BA 530

(208) 282-2927

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

Dr. Guo earned her doctorate in Health Administration from Central Michigan University. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Business of Healthcare, US Health Systems and Policy, Population Health, Managerial Epidemiology, Healthcare Policy, Health Information Systems, and Health Informatics. She loves her students and helps them learn and grow.

Dr. Guo’s current research focuses on evidence-based management in healthcare decision-making, health disparities, comparative health systems, population health, and community health needs assessment. Dr. Guo has published research articles in American Journal of Management, International Journal of Healthcare Management, Leadership in Health Services, International Journal of Management and Business, Hospital Topics, Journal of Community Health, Journal of Allied Health, Journal of Medical Library Association, Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology, Journal of Medical Informatics, etc. She has received numerous awards and grants as principal investigator in her given fields.  

Dr. Guo worked and taught in health care systems in China, Ethiopia, and Canada prior to joining the faculty at Idaho State University (ISU) in 2003. Dr. Guo is a fellow of the Center for Evidence-based Management, a reviewer for the AUPHA certification committee and scholarly journals, and a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. Dr. Guo loves traveling and learning different cultures and languages. In her free time, Dr. Guo enjoys physical exercises, reading, and spending time with her family.

Joshua Thompson

Joshua Thompson

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: BA 523


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 Healthcare Program. He has worked as a CEO and Administrator of an acute care psychiatric hospital as well as an Administrator of a multiple Nursing Homes. He is in his 3rd term as Chairman for the Idaho Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators. He began teaching at ISU in 2015 as an Adjunct Professor and was hired on full-time as a Visiting Professor in August of 2017.

Executive in Residence

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.