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Oglesby, Willie H. (Billy)

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Willie H. (Billy) Oglesby, PhD, MSPH, FACHE

Willie (Billy) H. Oglesby, PhD, MBA, MSPH, FACHE

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901 Walnut Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-6648
(866) 330-2654 fax


PhD, University of South Carolina
MBA, Kent State University
MSPH, University of South Carolina
BSBA, University of South Carolina

University Appointments

Interim Dean, Jefferson College of Population Health
Associate Professor, Jefferson College of Population Health

Research & Practice Interests

Child and Adolescent Health
Health Reform
Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy
Lifestyle Medicine
Economic Evaluation
Substance Abuse
Foster Care
Judicial Diversion Programs and Specialized Dockets for Children and Parents


U.S. Healthcare Financing & Reimbursement


Dr. Billy Oglesby is the Interim Dean for the Jefferson College of Population Health where he leads all academic functions of the College, including program growth and evaluation, enrollment management, faculty development and oversight, research expansion, alumni engagement, and student support services. He also works with key leaders across the growing 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.

He has worked on a career total of more than $26M in external funding, including over $8M as PI or Co-PI in a variety of population health areas including substance abuse, sexual and reproductive health, lifestyle medicine, health system science, interprofessional practice, and others. This work has been supported by a variety of federal agencies, state and local governments, foundations, and non-governmental organizations. He is a reviewer for several leading scientific journals in his field, including serving on the Editorial Board of Population Health Management. He is also a former policy consultant to the National Academies of Practice, former Trustee of the Ohio Conference of the American Association of University Professors, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Prevention Teaching and Research.

Dr. Oglesby is also active in the community. He is a Court Appointed Special Advocate and Guardian Ad Litem where he advocates for abused, neglected, and dependent children in juvenile and family courts and in the foster care system. He is also a Lifetime Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

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. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (UK) and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Readmission rates in not-for-profit vs. proprietary hospitals before and after the hospital readmission reduction program implementation
  2. Economic evaluation of substance abuse and prevention programs
  3. Conducting research on adolescent substance abuse
  4. LGBT populations and substance abuse research: An overview
  5. Perceptions of Harm and Reasons for Misuse of Prescription Opioid Drugs and Reasons for Not Seeking Treatment for Physical or Emotional Pain Among a Sample of College Students
  6. Physician-patient communication regarding patients’ healthcare costs in the us: A systematic review of the literature
  7. Perceptions of and preferences for federally-funded family planning clinics
  8. Diagnoses, prevalence, and state-based federal spending for HIV prevention and treatment in the United States, 2006-2009
  9. A mixed-methods approach to conducting internal revenue service-compliant community health needs assessments: A case example for nonprofit hospital leaders
  10. Psychometric Properties of an HIV Knowledge Scale Administered With Populations at High Risk for HIV Infection
  11. Review of MPH practicum requirements in accredited schools of public health
  12. Associations Between School Perceptions and Tobacco Use in a Sample of Southern Middle School Students
  13. Cost savings threshold analysis of a capacity-building program for hiv prevention organizations
  14. Evaluation results of the CDC/ASPH Institute for HIV prevention leadership: A capacity-building educational program for HIV prevention program managers