Board of Directors


Richard J. Cohen, PhD, FACHE, Board Member Emeritus

President and CEO, Public Health Management Corporation

Recognized nationally as an authority in the public health management arena, Richard J. Cohen, PhD, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Public Health Management Corporation, has led the organization since 1980. Dr. Cohen leads more than 3,000 employees, more than 350 public health programs, and a family of subsidiary organizations. Under his watch, the organization has expanded 200-fold and continues to grow, with a current operating budget of nearly $300 million. Dr. Cohen’s more than 30 publications and conference presentations get to the heart of public health dilemmas, with insight into the marketing of human services, developing leadership, establishing public/private partnerships, assessing long-term versus short-term costs, understanding hospital utilization patterns, and many other critical topics. Dr. Cohen has held leadership roles in many distinguished health organizations that include the American Public Health Association (Governing Council), the Alliance of Children and Families (past Chair for prior parent organization), Evident Change (past Board Chair, Executive Committee), the Pennsylvania Public Health Association (past President), the College of Physicians of Philadelphia (Trustee), and the American College of Health Care Executives (past Regent). He is the recipient of numerous awards from groups as wide-ranging as local community alliances and national institutions. He has received numerous awards and holds academic appointments at Philadelphia schools including Drexel University School of Public Health, Jefferson Medical College Department of Health Policy, Jefferson School of Population Health, Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, and Temple University. Dr. Cohen holds a PhD in Social Sciences/Psychiatry from Medical College of Pennsylvania, an MA in Clinical Psychology from Temple University, and a BA in Psychology from University of Maine.