John W. Seavey is the Everett B. Sackett Professor. He came to UNH from the University of Arizona’s Health Sciences Center in 1980 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Professor in 1992. He received his baccalaureate degree from Bates College, an MA and Ph.D in political science from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health.
His research focus has been on rural health care in the United States with a particular focus on hospitals, strategic planning, and long term care. Publications include two books (The Strategies and Environments of America's Small Rural Hospitals and Strategic Management of Healthcare Organizations and numerous peer reviewed publications in scholarly journals and monographs. Monographs with the Maine Rural Health Research Center focused on long term care in rural communities. The Strategies and Environments of America's Small Rural Hospitals was funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. He is currently working on an analysis of socioeconomic status and health in New England.
He has served multiple terms as Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy and was the founding Director of the UNH Master of Public Health Program. He has served on multiple University committees including being Chair of the General Education Study Committee. He currently teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in health policy and health policy analysis. He has been the recipient of the School of Health & Human Services Teacher of the Year Award, UNH Outstanding Associate Professor Award, UNH Bill Kidder Faculty Award, School of Health and Human Services Distinguished Career Research Award, UNH Faculty Social Justice Award, and the UNH Distinguished Professor Award.
University Dialogue contribution: Rights and Health: Democracy's Dilemma in the United States