James Begun, PhD

Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management

James Begun

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-624-9319

Office Address:
A270-B Mayo

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St. SE
MMC 510
Minneapolis, MN 55455

PhD, Sociology, University of North Carolina, 1977

MA, Sociology, University of North Carolina, 1975

BA, Sociology, University of North Carolina, 1972


I study the structure, strategy, and performance of health care and public health organizations and professions. Where feasible, I utilize a complexity science perspective to better understand those topics. 


Leadership, management, teamwork, organizational theory and behavior, population health

Awards & Recognition

  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, MHA class of 2015

Professional Associations

  • Higher Education Committee, American College of Healthcare Executives, 2011–2015



See a full list of publications on Google Scholar

Selected Publications

  • Trinh HQ, Begun JW. "The proliferation of elective services in U.S. urban hospitals," Health Care Management Review, 2017
  • Riley W, Begun JW, Meredith L, Miller KK, Connolly K, Price R, Muri JH, McCullough M, Davis S. "Integrated Approach to Reduce Perinatal Adverse Events: Standardized Processes, Interdisciplinary Teamwork Training, and Performance Feedback," Health Services Research, Dec 2016
  • Begun JW, Riley WJ, Hodges JS. "Exploratory analysis of high CT scan utilization in claims data," Journal of the American College of Radiology, Jan 2014



Academic Interests and Focus

I have been active in promoting competency-based education, serving several terms on and chairing the Board of Commissioners of the Accrediting Commission on Education in Health Services Administration. I was awarded the Gary L. Filerman Prize for Innovation in Healthcare Management Education in 2008 by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. I teach health care and public health organization leadership and management courses.


  • PubH 6542, Management of Health Care Organizations
  • PubH 6751/7551, Principles of Management in Health Services Organizations