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Alma L. Koch

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Alma L. Koch

Professor, Health Management and Policy; Graduate Advisor
San Diego State University
insurance and financial systems in health care
health information systems management
history of U.S. public health policies
long-term care in nursing homes and community-based settings


Alma L. Koch is a professor of health management and policy at SDSU's Graduate School of Public Health. Prior to joining the SDSU faculty, she was project director for the section of public health and preventive dentistry at UCLA. She has held numerous research positions as an investigator and a consultant, focusing on issues of health care finance, provider reimbursement, quality assessment and long-term care. Philosophically, Koch believes in a national health insurance system, with universal access to all citizens and residents in the United States. She believes that an amalgamation of the private and public sectors can accomplish this formidible task. She sees some form of national health plan as an eventuality, especially as baby boomers move into old age. In 1991, she held a fellowship with Aetna Health Plans awarded by the Health Insurance Association of America and the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Koch received her M.S. in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972 and her Ph.D. in public health from UCLA in 1981.

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United States
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