Dr. Warren G. McDonald

Chair, Health Care Administration
(910) 630-7116
McLean 120G
Warren McDonald, Professor of Health Care Administration

Professor of Health Care Administration


B.A., Eckerd College; M.A. Vermont College of Norwich University; M.A., East Carolina University; Ph.D., Columbia Pacific University; Ph.D., Touro University International


Dr. McDonald is an internationally recognized educator, consultant and practitioner. He is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Care Administration at Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC. He is also Chief Executive Officer of McDonald and Associates, LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to the optical industry and related professions. He is a Registered Optician in the State of North Carolina, and serves as a consultant to a number of ophthalmic and general health care organizations in the areas of staff training and development, and practice management. His academic background includes undergraduate degrees in Opticianry and Management. He holds graduate degrees in Health Care Management, Education and the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences, as well as a number of professional certifications, including the prestigious Master of Ophthalmic Optics, and Advanced Certification in Contact Lenses from the National Contact Lens Examiners. He is a member of the Class of 2005 at the Institute for Management and Leadership in Higher Education at Harvard University, and holds a Graduate Certificate in Health Care Risk Management from the University of Florida.

Additional faculty appointments include Contributing Professor in the School of Health Sciences at Walden University where he teaches in the PhD/DBA and MHA programs, and mentors doctoral students in the Health Sciences. Prior to joining the faculty at Methodist University he held senior-level administrative positions in the University of North Carolina system, and regularly consults with a number of institutions in the development and implementation of online and off-campus programs.

Dr. McDonald is active in his community, serving on the Board of Trustees of Cape Fear Valley Health Systems, the Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (current chair), and was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina to serve on the Disciplinary Hearing Commission of the North Carolina State Bar. He also provides continuing education for those in the optical industry nationally and internationally.

Dr. McDonald is a noted speaker at professional meetings both nationally and internationally and regularly writes for a number of journals. He is active in many professional and civic organizations, including the American College of Health Care Executives, who awarded him the Regents Award for the State of North Carolina in 2016. He is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, and serves regularly on certification review teams for Health Administration programs nationwide. He is a member of the editorial review board for the Journal of Health Administration Education, and a review editor for Frontiers of Public Health. His latest book (2015) is entitled Strategic Analysis for Health Care: Concepts and Practical Applications, published by Health Administration Press

Research Interests:

Current research interests include non-traditional and distance learning techniques in the health sciences, and on the development of advanced level education and training programs for students in the health sciences.

Specific Health Administration Research interests include:

  • Health Care Marketing
  • Effective Practice Management
  • Organizational Transition and Change
  • Strategic Management

Personal Interests:

Music, sports


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