The online Boston College Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program is happy to welcome Dr. Joni R. Beshansky, who started this month as the new academic director for the program.

Dr. Beshansky brings an impressive record as a scientist and clinical operations leader to the online program, which is part of the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College. Her experience fostering collaboration between people and organizations from the academic, healthcare and business sectors is invaluable. Dr. Beshansky has a deep commitment to leadership development and collaboration. In a news release, Dr. Beshansky said she looks forward “to becoming an integral part of Boston College, where I can contribute to its mission of educating the whole person and continue to focus on healthcare policy, bioethics and economic mobility.”

The wealth of experience and commitment to education Dr. Beshansky brings to the program is invaluable. She has overseen many major healthcare initiatives, particularly in the areas of cardiovascular disease and emergency medicine. Dr. Beshansky has worked in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Food and Drug Administration. Most recently, her research focused on the evaluation of state vaccination policies and how it impacts communities.

Dr. Beshansky has a Bachelor of Science in Management/Organizational Behavior from Lesley University, a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology / Biostatistics from Boston University, and a Doctor of Law and Policy from Northeastern University. She served as an associate professor at Tufts University School of Medicine from 2012 to 2019, and as an associate professor/director at Regis College from 2014 to 2019. At Tufts University, Dr. Beshansky co-founded and served as director of the clinical translational science master’s/doctoral program at the university’s Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.

Boston College launched the MHA program in 2016. The program offers healthcare professionals flexibility in how they earn their graduate degree. The program is employer-aligned and competency-based, offering students the latest skills and knowledge needed for administrators in the modern healthcare industry. Partners with the program include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Cambridge Health Alliance, Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.