MHA Program Leadership
Debra Scammon, Ph.D.
Debra Scammon, Ph.D.
MHA Program Director

Dr. Debra Scammon is the Emma Eccles Jones Professor of Marketing and Director of the Master of Healthcare Administration program at the Eccles School. Additionaly, she is an adjunct professor in the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine, the Department of Population Health Sciences and the School of Medicine at the University of Utah. She received her Ph.D. from University of California, Los Angeles.

Scammon recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Marketing Association’s Marketing and Society Special Interest Group.

Steve Walston, Ph.D.
Steve Walston, Ph.D.
MHA Program Associate Director & Professor, Lecturer

Dr. Stephen L. Walston has worked both as a professor and healthcare administrator and currently is the associate director of the MHA program and a professor, lecturer at the David Eccles School of Business. Previously he served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Utah Asia Campus (UAC) located at the Incheon Global Campus in Songdo, Korea and concurrently served as a professor on the faculty of the Division of Public Health in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine in the School of Medicine.

Scott Parker
Scott Parker
Professor, Lecturer

Scott Parker joined the University of Utah after spending more than 35 years in healthcare administration. Scott was the founding Chief Executive Officer of Intermountain Healthcare and served as president and CEO for 23 years.

Prior to his role as CEO, he spent 13 years as a hospital administrator in Minnesota, Arizona and California. Scott joined the MHA program as an adjunct professor of management in 2009.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Utah and a Master of Hospital Administration degree from the University of Minnesota.

Joseph Horton
Joseph Horton
Professor, Lecturer

Joseph Horton brings extensive experience in healthcare administration to the MHA program, including nearly 30 years with Intermountain Healthcare. He served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Primary Children’s Medical Center for 22 years before being named Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations for Intermountain Healthcare and taking responsibility of 23 hospitals.

Joseph joined the David Eccles School of Business as an adjunct professor in 2012 and teaches leadership and ethics.

He received his Bachelor’s of Arts in English from the University of Utah and his Master of Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota.