Blair Gifford

Blair Gifford
Professor • Director of Managing for Sustainability • Discipline Director
Management • Health Administration • Managing for Sustainability

BUSB 5022

Blair Gifford is the director of the international health management certificate in the health administration MBA programs. Gifford is the founder, first director of the Center for Global Health (2003-6), and current executive committee member of the Center for Global Health at the University of Colorado. Gifford is also the founder and current board chair of Global Health Connections, Inc., a not-for-profit in Denver that serves to broaden health education globally. Gifford is also the principal of Health Beyond Borders, LLC, an international health consulting organization.

Gifford’s current research efforts focus on: 1) the globalization of western-based health service organizations into new markets around the world, and 2) the provision of community health worker programs in developing nations.

He teaches international health courses in the on-campus Health Administration MBA and Executive Health Administration programs. He also teaches the travel/study courses for these programs (Haiti, Thailand, China, India, etc.). His visiting academic appointments include: visiting professor at the School of Commerce, Tsinghua University in Beijing, China; visiting professor at Yale University's School of Public Health; and, visiting professor in the Sociology Department and the Institute for Health Services and Policy Research, Northwestern University.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Colorado Denver, Gifford worked as the director of hospital studies at the American Hospital Association and as a systems engineer for IBM.


PhD Sociology, University of Chicago

MA Sociology, University of Chicago

 BA Economics, University of California at Santa Cruz

Areas of expertise

Health Services Delivery

Social Responsibility for Multinational Corporations

Employee Satisfaction and Retention

Strategic Human Resources Management

International Health Reform Policy

Market Entry by Western Health Organizations into Foreign Markets

Delivery of Maternal/Child Health In Developing Nations

Corporate Social Responsibility In Developing Nations


New Models of Social Responsibility by American Multinational Corporations

Competencies of Health Care Leadership

Is There a Growing Demand for Western-based Health Facilities In China?

Development of Health Management Techniques for Health Facilities in Developing Nations

Publications and presentations

"Improving clinical outcomes and access to care for the community-based outpatient treatment of acute malnutrition in the pediatric population of Léogâne, Haiti." Oxford University Health Journal.

"The Current Status of Cancer Care in China," a white paper for a top U.S. Cancer Institute.

“From Medical Tourism to the Globalization of Health Services.” A chapter in Global Health Management, Health Administration Press.

"The Impact of Global Medical Travel on Public Health Services in Brazil, India and Thailand." Journal of Health Administration Education, Vol. 30, #4: 267-282.

"Characteristics of Chinese Healthcare Facilities: A Comparison of Chinese Hospitals to the International Market." Journal of Healthcare Management (forthcoming), (with Wood, D), 2005.

"Strategies to Enter the Burgeoning Private Hospital Market in China." Advances in Healthcare Management, (with Wood, D), 2005.

"Unforseen Policy Effects on the Safety Net: Medicaid, Private Hospitals Closures and the Use of Local VAMCs." Research in the Sociology of Health Care, (with Manheim, LM & Cowper, D.) 2002.

"The Relationship Between Hospital Unit Culture and Nurses' Quality of Work Life." Journal of Healthcare Management, (with Zammuto, RM & Goodman, E. ), 2002.

"Quality of Care in a Medicaid Managed Care Program: Adequacy of Prenatal Care for Teens in Chicago?" Public Health Nursing, 2001.

"New Factors in the Antitrust Regulation of Hospital Mergers." Journal of Healthcare Management, 1999.

"Obstetricians' Receptiveness to Teen Prenatal Patients Who Are Medicaid Recipients," Health Services Research, 1997.

"Physicians and the Strategic Management of Hospitals: Lessons From the Past." Research in the Sociology of Health Care, 1996.

"Gatekeepers and the Medical Specialist: The Impact of Managed Care on Rheumatologists." American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations, (with Feinglass J., Schroeder J., Manheim L. ) 1992.

"Modeling Hospital Closure Relative to Organizational Theory," Social Science and Medicine, (with Mullner, RM.), 1988.

"The Effects of Corporate Restructuring on Hospital Policy Making," Health Services Research, (with Alexander, JA, Morlock, LL ) 1988.

Over 40 presentations in the last 10 years, ranging from refereed academic conferences to invited lectures to presentations at community groups.


Educational Director, Capitis Healthcare International (China programs), 2005

Chair, World Community Services Committee, Denver Rotary Club, 2004-present

Chair, Health Concerns Task Force, Rotary District 5450, Colorado, 2003-2005

Director and Founder, Center for Global Health, University of Colorado Denver, 2002-present

Associate Professor (Special Appointment), Clinical Sciences Department, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 2001

Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International Foundation, 2001

Visiting Fellow, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia, 2001

One Year Faculty Fellowship, University of Colorado Denver, 2000-2001

Visiting Scholar, Center for Health Services and Policy Research, Northwestern, Northwestern University, 2000-2001

Robert E. Park Lectureship, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago, 2000

Board Chair, Denver Architecture Foundation, American Institute of Architects, 1994-1999

Consulting: Newmont Mining - Health Assessment in Ghana, Chinese Hospital - San Francisco, Capitis Healthcare International

Professional Memberships: Academy of International Business, International Sociological Association, American College of Health Care Executives, Health Services Research Association