John Thompson

Contributing Faculty
College of Management and Human Potential
Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)

Thompson’s professional background is in healthcare administration and healthcare policy. He completed various training programs including administrative internships, an administrative residency, administrator-in-training, and a post graduate administrative fellowship in hospital administration, nursing home administration, and health policy. Beyond his training, he worked with two healthcare systems in various leadership capacities overseeing the ancillary services and surgical services of a medical center and the quality management function of a post-acute care division. His professional interest is addressing organizational concerns pertinent to enhancing employee morale, bolstering the efficiency and effectiveness of operations, and improving the negative financial performances. In addition to working in the private sector, He worked for the government at the federal level as a health policy analyst with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). At CMS, he interpreted Federal laws related to quality health care, safety, and reimbursement. He also conducted analytical studies and researched background information on issues and topics concerning enforcement and quality in long-term care facilities.
At Walden, he serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Master of Health Care Administration program. Beyond serving as a distance education professor, He is Assistant County Administrator for Richland County (South Carolina) Government.
His professional experience is complimented by his educational background. He holds a Ph.D. in Health Services from Walden University; a Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts in Health Services Management from Webster University in Columbia, South Carolina; and a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Psychology from the University of South Carolina at Columbia.
He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Medical Administrators, a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Administrators, and a Certified Public Manager.

Courses Taught

MMHA 6999 - Strategic Planning in Healthcare


PhD, Walden University

MBA, Webster University

MA, Webster University

MDiv, Anderson University

BS, University of South Carolina

Public Service

National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, Board Member - Washington

Richland County Sheriff's Department, Other - Columbia

American Society on Aging, Board Member - San Francisco

Awards / Honors

Aging Achievement Award for Transportation & Mobility, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, 2015

, Zeta Phi Beta’s (Beta Zeta Chapter), 2014


Thompson, J. M. (2014). Never too old for a family: Adopt older youth. The George Washington University