Concordia University, Nebraska Names David Lawton New Director of Public Health Program

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Dr. David Lawton has been named the new director of the Master of Public Health program at Concordia University, Nebraska. Dr. Lawton arrives in time to oversee the launch of the university’s online MPH program, which allows the university to further its mission of excellent Christian education and service to one’s community beyond its physical borders.

Dr. David Lawton is uniquely suited to prepare students for the many challenges facing public health professionals.

Dr. David Lawton has been named the new director of the Master of Public Health program at Concordia University, Nebraska. Dr. Lawton arrives in time to oversee the launch of the university’s online MPH program, which allows the university to further its mission of excellent Christian education and service to one’s community beyond its physical borders.

Dr. Lawton has 38 years of experience in health care. Prior to coming to Concordia, he worked for the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) to help implement electronic health records (EHR) in the United States. He was also the public health informatics manager for the State of Nebraska, where he served on numerous local and national committees to improve public health and consumer health and was appointed by the governor to serve on the eHealth Council of Nebraska. His interest in electronic medical records, personal health records and health care reform led him to incorporate innovative applications of technology to improve patient care, customer service and management practice.

Dr. Lawton also taught nursing at the graduate and undergraduate levels for 10 years, including a term as dean of the College of Nursing at Clarkson College in Omaha, and worked as a clinical nurse in pediatrics and critical care. Among his many degrees are a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in nursing administration. His doctorate is in higher education, curriculum and instruction.

Dr. Lawton’s combined expertise in public health and education and his prestige as a leader in health care technology are a boon to Concordia and its students. His background in health care technology, patient services and management makes him uniquely suited to prepare students for the many challenges facing public health professionals in the years to come.

The online Master of Public Health at Concordia teaches students to help others by providing greater access to health care, beneficial policies and legislation and health education programs. Coursework incorporates the values of Concordia’s Christ-centered community, equipping men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world.

For more information about the Master of Public Health online at Concordia, go to onlineprograms.cune.edu.

About Concordia University, Nebraska
Concordia University, Nebraska was founded in 1894 by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and carries forward a mission of providing excellent Christian education as it welcomes all students seeking lives of learning, service and leadership. Concordia is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and offers more than 50 undergraduate programs and approximately 20 graduate degrees, specializations, certificates and adult learning programs.

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