Master of Health Administration alum, health care leader to take helm of MHA program

Kelly Scheiderer BS ’89 MHA ’95 to join college in January

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Kelly Scheiderer, a career-long Buckeye with deep roots in the Master of Health Administration program at The Ohio State University, will serve as program director starting in January. 

Scheiderer is a two-time Ohio State graduate, with a BS in allied medical professions and a MHA, and has worked in health care leadership for 37 years. She is currently an administrator at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Ross Heart Hospital, where she’s served for almost 11 years. Scheiderer has also worked in medical information management, quality and operations improvement, the Department of Emergency Medicine and the College of Dentistry. 

MHA program director Kelly Scheiderer

“I’m so excited to work with the students, faculty, staff and alumni in the College of Public Health to continue to build on the traditions, honor and excellence associated with the MHA Program,” Scheiderer said.

Long an active member of the Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society, including a term as president during the 2003-04 academic year, Scheiderer said her Ohio State MHA education and supportive alumni community have been instrumental in her success in health care leadership.

“My MHA education has absolutely positively impacted my career, allowing me to pursue incredible opportunities, often at the prompting of another alum,” she said.

“The HSMP Alumni Society has allowed me to engage with health care professionals from other classes and from a variety of workplaces and made me feel very connected to the Ohio State MHA family. Being part of this exceptional group fosters strong relationships and helps with idea sharing, collaboration and career mentoring.”

Scheiderer said she’s eager to have a more direct role in ensuring MHA students receive an excellent educational foundation and have strong opportunities to engage with projects and build relationships with alumni and friends of the program.

Aram Dobalian, chair of the Division of Health Services Management and Policy and interim director of the MHA program, said he is thrilled to welcome Scheiderer to this new role. 

“Kelly is already such a wonderful educator, mentor and supporter of our program and students. Now, she’ll have even greater opportunity to bolster our program through her deep experience in health care leadership and management. The fact that she’s an alum of the program just makes it all the better,” he said.

Currently, Scheiderer serves on the senior administrative leadership team for the Ross Heart Hospital and Heart and Vascular Center and has administrative responsibilities for ambulatory services, outreach strategy and development, the creation of the Advanced Cardiac Imaging Center and the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab programs. She works closely with cardiovascular medicine, cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, hospital medicine and palliative medicine physician groups.

Scheiderer also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Public Health, College of Medicine and School of Allied Medical Professions within the Division of Health Information Management.


About The Ohio State University College of Public Health

The Ohio State University College of Public Health is a leader in educating students, creating new knowledge through research, and improving the livelihoods and well-being of people in Ohio and beyond. The College's divisions include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior and health promotion, and health services management and policy. It is ranked 29th among all colleges and programs of public health in the nation, and first in Ohio, by U.S. News and World Report. Its specialty programs are also considered among the best in the country. The MHA program is ranked 8th, the biostatistics specialty is ranked 22nd, the epidemiology specialty is ranked 25th and the health policy and management specialty is ranked 17th.