Dr. Leah Vriesman is Executive Director of Executive Education Programs in Health Policy & Management and is on faculty in UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy & Management. She teaches Strategic Management of Health Service Organizations, International Comparative Health Systems, and is a guest lecturer on Transformational Change in organizations.
Dr. Vriesman has been an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado–Denver, teaching Pharmaceutical Marketing Management, and is an experienced distance learning faculty member for Strategic and Operational Healthcare Excellence and also Healthcare Planning Tools &Techniques for Drexel University in Philadelphia.
As a 2010-2011 U.S. Fulbright grant recipient and German Scholar Exchange award winner, Dr. Vriesman spent a year in Neu Ulm, Bavaria. She was at the University of Applied Sciences teaching International Healthcare Management and Strategic Marketing to German physicians studying for their Healthcare MBA. She's traveled as a lecturer to Mzumbe University in Tanzania twice to bring these same topics to East African physicians studying for their MBA.
She was UCLA's Co-Principal Investigator on the National Center for Healthcare Leadership's research studying the relationship between graduate health management curriculums with educational outstanding new leaders in the field. Her other particular areas of career interest are comparative merger & acquisition theory between the public and private sectors and pharm-biotech market strategies. She received her PhD in Medical Sociology from UCLA, and her Master of Healthcare Administration and MBA from the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis.