Leanne Field

Program Director at McCombs School of Business

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Dr. Leanne Field is a Clinical Professor of Public Health at The University of Texas at Austin, College of Natural Sciences, and Director of Digital Healthcare Innovation, McCombs School of Business. She leads research in digital healthcare and the development of new digital health educational programs for McCombs’ Texas Executive Education Department. Dr. Field has a B.S. degree from Florida State University, a M.S. degree from The University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Health at The University of Texas Health Sciences Center, School of Public Health.

Dr. Field is an experienced science and technology educator, who has been nationally recognized as a leader in workforce development in health informatics and health IT. In 2010 - 2013, Dr. Field participated as a co-principal investigator for the Professional University Resources in Health Information Technology (PURE-HIT) consortium, a group of three Texas Universities that applied for HITECH funding to build a workforce in Health IT. In April 2010, the consortium received the largest award among nine universities in the nation ($5.4 million) to become a University- Training Program as a grantee of the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT. Dr. Field administered $2.77 million in funding over three-years, and led a team of faculty and staff to create three professional certificate programs designed to rapidly train college-educated individuals to enter the Health IT workforce. One of these, an innovative nine-week certificate program, was transitioned at the end of the grant into a successful professional education program that continues today. With generous support from Health IT industry partners, she designed and developed a unique simulation laboratory that models the healthcare continuum of care, and includes current Health IT technologies. Dr. Field has applied the lessons learned from her eight years of leadership in health IT workforce development to partner with industry experts in healthcare cybersecurity and privacy to develop a new educational program to help meet the acute workforce needs in this field.

Most recently, Dr. Field has collaborated with Mr. Sri Bharadwaj, MS, CHCIO, CISSP, Chief Information Security Officer, UC Irvine Health and leaders in healthcare privacy and cybersecurity from industry, healthcare organizations and the government to develop an innovative, first-in-the-nation professional certificate program, Leadership in Healthcare Privacy and Security Risk Management, to meet the critical need for non-technical leaders in healthcare cybersecurity risk management https://www.newswise.com/articles/mccombs-launches-first-in-the-nation-health-care-cybersecurity-leadership-program. She and Mr. Bharadwaj successfully piloted the program in the summer of 2019 with a class of sixteen post-baccalaureate students at The University of Texas at Austin, and they plan to scale up the program nationally to help meet the great demand for healthcare cybersecurity and privacy talent. Dr. Field is a member of the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Council (HSCC), Cybersecurity Working Group (CWG), a public private partnership established under Presidential

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