Kathleen N. Gillespie, PhD is Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy. A health economist, her major interests are economic evaluation, competency-based education, community benefit, and health services utilization. She is a co-author of the book Evidence-Based Public Health, and teaches courses that help students acquire and assess evidence: economic evaluation, fundamentals of economics and finance, and government financing of health care. Her research has a similar quantitative focus. For example, she is working with colleagues in the department to assess our use of a set of 60 key competencies for health management education. Are student self-assessments reliable? Consistent? Do they show improvement over time? She has also worked with colleagues from Saint Louis University and Washington University to determine the cost-effectiveness of the use of gowns and gloves to prevent the spread of infectious disease in hospital intensive care units. This research is especially important in light of the increasing development of antibiotic-resistant infections. She has also worked on projects comparing urban and rural populations with respect to the prevalence of diabetes and obesity and compliance with diabetes treatment guidelines. Dr. Gillespie serves on the Scientific Review Committee of the International Health Economics Association and is a member of the American Society of Health Economists.