Elizabeth McGrady

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Associate Professor
PhD, University of Tennessee
540T Leon Levine Hall


Elizabeth McGrady, PhD, FACHE is an Associate Professor in the Healthcare Management program in the Beaver College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University. She was previously an assistant professor and the Program Director of the MBA Health Services Management program at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas where she received the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award and the IMBA Teaching Award. She received her PhD in Community Health from the University of Tennessee. She also has a Master of Health Administration from Tulane University, and a Master of Education and Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from the University of Florida. She has worked in the healthcare field for over 30 years as a clinician, program manager, executive, educator, and consultant. Dr. McGrady is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives where she served as the Chair of the national ethics committee, the Regent’s Advisory Council and as President of a regional Board of Directors. She has held numerous leadership positions on professional boards including President of the Southwest Society of Healthcare Marketing, President of the New Orleans Healthcare Managers Association, President of the Tulane Alumni in Health Systems Management, and served on the Louisiana Healthcare Alliance Business Coalition on Health. She has published and presented on various topics including continuity planning, innovative technology, ethics, and complementary medicine in journals such as the Journal of Healthcare Management, Frontiers of Health Services Management, Journal of Health Risk Management, Healthcare Executive, Home Health Care Management and Practice, American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pre-hospital Disaster Medicine. Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal, American Journal of Health Education, and the International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations. She has authored three book chapters in Managing Healthcare Ethically: An Executive's Guide, Biomedical Knowledge Management: Infrastructures and Processes for E-Health Systems, Performance Improvement in Hospitals and Health Systems. She presented at the Congress on Healthcare Management, The Gerontological Society of America, Southwest Academy of Management, North American Case Research Association, Southwest Decision Sciences Institute, International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines, International Conference on Diversity, International Health Education Conference, and the Evelyn Hudson Not-for-Profit Leadership Institute Seminar.


  • Ph.D. Community Health, University of Tennessee
  • M.H.A. Healthcare Administration, Tulane University 
  • M.Ed. Education, University of Florida 
  • B.S. Medical Technology, University of Florida

Current Courses Being Taught

  • HCM 2110 Introduction to Health System Organization
  • HCM 5210 Foundations of the US Health Care System
  • HCM 5380 Health Services Marketing
  • Professional Affiliations 
  • Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives
  • Member of Association of University Programs in Health Administration

Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Continuity planning in healthcare
  • Adoption of innovations in healthcare
  • Curriculum change

Selected Presentations & Publications

  • Lane, S.J., & McGrady, E. (2016). Perspectives on the New CMS Standards to Bridge the NH Disaster Planning Gaps – 5 Years Later; Are We Making Any Progress? Pre-hospital Disaster Medicine. 31(4), pp. 1-10. 
  • Blanke, S. J., & McGrady, E. (2016). When It Comes to Securing Patient Health Information from Breaches Your Best Medicine is a Dose of Prevention: A Cybersecurity Risk Assessment Checklist. Journal of Health Risk Management.36(1), pp. 14-24.
  • McGrady, E., Lane, S.J., & Roggenkamp, S. (2015). Student Differences after Relocation of an Undergraduate Health Care Management Program from a College of Business to a College of Health Sciences, Journal of Health Administration Education 32(1): 59-78.
  • McGrady E., & Blanke, S. J. (2014). Twelve Best Practices to Mitigate Risk through Continuity Planning and a Scorecard to Track Success. Journal of Management Policy and Practice. 15(3) pp. 11-17. 
  • McGrady E., Blanke, S., Swanson, C. (2013) Evacuation of Caldwell Hospice-Making a Case for Mitigating Patient Safety Risk by Using Checklists During Disaster Response. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Published in Online First.
  • Blanke, S. J., & McGrady, E., (2012). From Hot Ashes to a Cool Recovery - Reducing Risk by Acting on Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Lessons Learned. Home Health Care Management and Practice. 24 (2), 73-80.
  • McGrady, E., Conger, S., Blanke, S. J., & Landry, B. J. (2010). Emerging Technologies in Healthcare: Navigating Risks - Evaluating Rewards. Journal of Healthcare Management, 55 (5), 353-365.
  • McGrady, E. & Nelms, L. (2010). "Ethical Issues of Health Management Predictive Modeling", In Press, In Wayne Pease, Malcolm Cooper, Raj Gurajan (Ed.) Biomedical Knowledge Management: Infrastructures and Processes for E-Health Systems, (pp. 15). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. 
  • Blanke, S. & McGrady, E. (2009). "A Performance-Based Approach to Continuity Planning", In James Langabeer (Ed.) Performance Improvement in Hospitals and Health Systems. Health Information and Management Systems Society.