Dr. Hensel, PhD, MSPH, has fifteen years of experience as a health care executive, which included responsibility for a range of post-acute, long-term, and end-of-life care services within vertically integrated, hospital-based health systems. He began his career in health administration after completing his master's (1987) in the University of Missouri Health Services Management program (now Health Management and Informatics, HMI). In 2001, he returned to Missouri to complete a PhD focused in health communication from the Missouri School of Journalism (2005), followed by a National Library of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Informatics (2005 - 2008) in Missouri’s HMI department.
As a Health and Aging Policy Fellow, Dr. Hensel worked in the office of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia (2008-2009), where he helped develop palliative care and advance planning legislation within the Accountable Care Act, and health information technology legislation within the Recovery Act. After this he served for four years as Assistant Professor of Health Services Administration in the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota. Dr. Hensel returned to the University of Missouri HMI Department in January of 2014. In addition to teaching and supporting grant and consulting projects, he is exploring collaborative initiatives between HMI and the School of Journalism, including in media coverage of health policy, interdisciplinary curricula, and tailored messaging and health behavior change support in health care delivery systems.