PhD Student

Department of Health Service Research and Administration
University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Public Health

Professional Summary

  • 2009-present, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Health Services Research and Administration
  • 2006-2009, Senior Partnership Program Coordinator, National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service/Nebraska’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
  • 2004-2005, Project Coordinator, Clean Air for Everyone


  • 2003, BS in Psychology, The University of Iowa
  • 2005, MPH Community and Behavioral Health, The University of Iowa

Research interests 

Implementation research, quality improvement, accreditation, evidence-based public health and public health services and systems research

Selected Publications

  • Stimpson JP, Shiyanbola OO, Li T, Jacobson JJ. Financial Sustainability of Academic Health Centers: Identifying Challenges and Strategic Responses. Academic Medicine. (in press).
  • Chen LW, Nguyen A, Jacobson J, Palm D. Assessment of Workforce Capacity for Local Health Departments in Nebraska: A Perspective from Public Health Programmatic Areas. Journal of Public Health Management & Practice. 2012; 18(6): 595-601.
  • Chen LW, Nguyen A, Jacobson J, Ojha D, Palm D. (2012) Effectiveness and Challenges for Implementing Quality Improvement Activities in Nebraska’s Local Health Departments. Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research: Vol. 1: No. 3, Article 7. Available at:
  • Chen LW, Xu L, Yu J, Jacobson J, Roberts S, Palm D. (2012) The Relationship Between County Variation in Macro Contextual Factors and the Performance of Public Health Practice in Regional Public Health Systems in Nebraska, Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, 18(2), 132-140.
  • Chen LW, Jacobson J, Roberts S, Palm D. (2012) “Resource Allocation and Funding Challenges for Regional Local Health Departments in Nebraska”, Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, 18(2), 141-147.
  • Chen LW, Roberts S, Xu L, Jacobson J, Palm D. (2012) “Effectiveness and Challenges of Regional Public Health Partnerships in Nebraska”, Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, 18(2), 148-155.

Professional Affiliations

  • AcademyHealth
  • Public Health Association of Nebraska

Contact Janelle Jacobson
Janelle Jacobson

984350 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198
Phone: 402-559-9401