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Mark Woodring

Assistant Professor

Mark Woodring, DrPH, FACHE

Contact Information

Phone: (405) 271-2114

Office: Hudson College of Public Health

801 NE 13th St, Room 355

Oklahoma City, OK 73104



Dr. Mark Woodring has spent the last 25 years in healthcare working to help make a difference in rural and underserved populations in various capacities, including serving as board chair of an FQHC, hospital and health system CEO, public service executive leading operations and policy for a $3B state health agency, and as a rural health dean. A past member of the IHI Leadership Alliance and vice chair of the Kansas Health Collaborative, he was recently appointed to the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority Medicaid Quality Advisory Committee. Other board service has included National Advisory Board for HRSA-funded Center for Optimizing Rural Health, Rural Health Association of Oklahoma, Telehealth Alliance of Oklahoma, Hospital Hill Economic Development Corporation, and Community Health Centers of Southeastern Iowa. From executive roles leading operations at a Top-5 UHC academic medical center to innovative urban food desert programs to rural telemedicine pilots in persistently impoverished counties, his action-oriented community participative research helps shine light on overcoming health disparities together. Mark also enjoys music and watching his daughters play competitive volleyball, and he was a 2007 American Hospital Association leadership award finalist.



  • DrPH, Health Leadership, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MHA, Health Administration & Policy, University of Iowa
  • BS, Risk Management & Insurance, Bradley University



  • Assistant Professor, Health Administration & Policy, Hudson College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • Assistant Professor, Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oklahoma
  • Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives


Research Interests:

  • Rural TeleEMS
  • Hospital closure
  • Health policy
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • USDA Persistent Poverty County health disparities
  • Community benefit (IRS 990 Schedule H Part II)
  • Board governance
  • Healthcare workforce



  1. Whitacre, Brian & Woodring, Mark & Brooks, Lara & Smithson, Traber. (2022). Gauging Local Interest in Telemedicine Visits: Are Online Surveys Enough?. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 33. 1198-1214. 10.1353/hpu.2022.0107.
  2. King, A., Robinson, J. S., Ochsner, T. E., Weckler, P., & Woodring, M. (2022). Residents’ perceptions of the need and potential for rural renewal in two farming-dependent counties. Advancements in Agricultural Development, 3(4), 17–29.
  3. Woodring M, et al. A Partnership Between Rural EMS and AT&T FirstNet to Provide Tele-emergency Care. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2022;33(4S):180-186. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2022.0166. PMID: 36533466.
  4. Mark Woodring. Tax Exemptions for Nonprofit Hospitals. Health Affairs, 34, no.10 (2015):1800. 10.1377/hlthaff.2015.1017
  5. Meit, M.; Barter, C.; Buck, S.; and Woodring, M. Rural Health Carveouts Policy Brief. National Rural Health Association. 2021.