Erich J Dietrich


Commander, Navy

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
Program Director, Master of Health Administration and Policy Program
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Health Services Research
Labor Economics, Retention /Recruitment
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University of Colorado, Denver, CO BA 05/1998 Biology
University of Colorado, Denver, CO MBA 05/2002 Healthcare Management
Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA MS 05/2007 Manpower Systems
American University, Washington, DC PhD 08/2013 Public Administration


CDR Erich J. Dietrich (PhD, American University) is a healthcare administrator in the U.S. Navy and has served on active duty for over 20 years. He is currently the Program Director of the Masters in Health Administration and Policy Program and Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD.
Dr. Dietrich has extensive experience in human capital management and hospital administration. In addition to his managerial, analytical and leadership positions, Dr. Dietrich has over 10 years of clinical healthcare experience. Dr. Dietrich's doctoral training is in public administration and public policy and research areas of interest include health policy, human resources, and employee motivation.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Commissioned and managed a comprehensive review of retention of MHS physicians, including a complex financial analysis of civilian to military pay gaps.

Designed and implemented a multi-million dollar enterprise wide job satisfaction survey for Navy Medicine personnel.

Served as Deputy Director, Personnel Policy, Plans and Strategic Compensation, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) Falls Church, VA 2013-1015

Military Personal Awards: Meritorious Service Medal -Joint Service Commendation Medal -Joint Service Achievement Medal -Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal -Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal


Madsen C, Poropatich R, Luan D, Dietrich E, Wayling B, Kellerman A, Koehlmoos T. Defense Health Horizons (2016). Telehealth in the MHS: Impact, Obstacles, and Opportunities. Bethesda, MD: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Dietrich E, Kimsey L, Reamy B, Artino A. (2015). The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences: A Leadership Academy for Military Medical Officers in the U.S. Navy. Military Medicine, 180(171-172).