Beth A. Hawks


Lieutenant Commander, Navy

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
Director, Master of Health Administration & Policy Program
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Health Policy
Public Management
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Ph.D. - Public Administration, American University (2018)
MHA - Health Administration, The University of Scranton (2006)
B.S. - Health Policy and Administration, The Pennsylvania State University (2000)


LCDR Beth A. Hawks is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics, Division of Health Services Administration, and holds a secondary appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), Bethesda, MD. LCDR Hawks is an active duty healthcare administrator for the U.S. Navy and is currently serving as the Director of the Master of Health Administration and Policy Program. She is also the co-course Director for the Health Systems Science curriculum in the School of Medicine at USU.

LCDR Hawks is a public administration and public policy researcher focusing on health policy, public management, and health services research topics. LCDR Hawks has a track record of using empirical methods to test relationships and use the study's results to expand knowledge on organizational performance, inform health policies, and improve public management techniques. The findings of her research contribute to the health policy and public management literature. Additionally, LCDR Hawks has fifteen years of public health care administration expertise in acute care and the outpatient clinic settings within the military health system. She also has prior tenure in the private sector as an administrator in both skilled nursing/rehabilitation care and assisted living. LCDR Hawks uses her combined private and public practitioner expertise to conduct research that can inform health policies and management structures that ultimately improve patients' quality of care in various health care settings.


Amirkhanyan, A. A., An, S.-H., Hawks, B. A., & Meier, K. J. (2020). Learning on the Job: The Impact of Job Tenure and Management Strategies on Nursing Home Performance. Administration & Society, 52(4), 593–630.