Dr. Billy Oglesby Appointed Dean of the College of Population Health

PHILADELPHIA — Thomas Jefferson University announced this week that Billy Oglesby, PhD, MBA, MSPH, FACHE has been appointed Dean of the College of Population Health. Dr. Oglesby, who joined the University in 2016, has served as interim dean since 2019.

The announcement, which comes after an extensive national search, speaks to an outstanding level of faculty which enables leadership to choose from within for such a key University role.

Dr. Mark L. Tykocinski—Executive Vice President and Provost of the University—says Dr. Oglesby will focus on program growth, evaluation and reputation; enrollment management; faculty development and oversight; research expansion; alumni engagement, and student support services.

“He will further his work with key leaders across the Jefferson enterprise and with stakeholders locally, nationally, and globally to develop new academic initiatives that promote healthcare quality and patient safety, improve operational effectiveness and efficiency, and advance public and population health, with a global perspective,” said Dr. Tykocinski.

Dr. Oglesby will assume his new position, which was previously held by Founding Dean Emeritus Dr. David Nash, on May 1, 2022.

Already, Dr. Oglesby has worked on a career total of more than $40 million in external funding, including more than $10 million as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI in a variety of population health areas. These initiatives—supported by federal agencies, state and local governments, foundations and non-governmental agencies—include substance abuse, sexual and reproductive health, lifestyle medicine, health system science and, among others, interprofessional practice.

He is a reviewer for several leading scientific journals in his field, including serving on the Editorial Board of Population Health Management. Dr. Oglesby also holds leadership positions at the national and international level, serving as the President of the Association for Prevention Teaching & Research; Chair of the Healthy People 2030 Curriculum Taskforce; an Ex Officio Member of the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement at the National Academy of Medicine, an appointed public member on the Clinical Guidelines Committee at the American College of Physicians.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (UK), Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a Board Leadership Fellow at the National Association for Corporate Directors.

Dr. Oglesby completed his Master of Science in Public Health and PhD degrees at the University of South Carolina, and completed an MBA program in healthcare management at the Kent State University College of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Advanced Finance Program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.