University of Vermont

Master of Public Administration

catherine hamilton

Catherine Hamilton, PhD

  • PhD 2001 New York University
  • MPA 1996 New York University
  • BA Bowdoin College
Areas of Expertise:

strategic planning, health care reform, Affordable Care Act, access for the uninsured, health and wellness, health services research, health care finance, health care management

Contact Information

Dr. Hamilton has worked in health care policy, management, finance and administration for 25 years in a variety of public, private and not-for-profit organizations. Her areas of expertise are in strategic planning, health care finance, health care reform policy and programs to expand health insurance coverage. Dr. Hamilton oversees strategic planning, health care reform, Medicare and individual markets and customer service for Vermont’s largest health insurance plan, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. Prior to her position at BCBSVT, she worked as a regulator of health plans at the Mayor’s Office of Medicaid Managed Care in New York City. She is a part-time lecturer at UVM of Health Care Management and Strategic Planning in Health Care and serves as the Director of the Health Care Management Program.

Catherine lives in South Burlington with her four sons and husband, Mark Bradley.


Sample of Courses Taught

PA 395 Strategic Planning in Healthcare

This course provides an introduction to Strategic Planning in organizations with a specific focus on health care organizations. The course offers both a conceptual framework and process guidelines for effective planning. It reviews strategic planning concepts, processes and techniques for developing, implementing and evaluating strategic plans within organizations.


American Association of Health Plans Community Leadership Award (2003)
Best of Blue (Blue Cross and Blue Shield) Award for Innovations in Patient Safety (2002)
American Public Health Association (APHA) Medical Care Paper Award Competition (2001)
Commonwealth Fund Dissertation Grant for “The Power of Health Insurance on the Lives of Low Income Adults: A study of the effectiveness of the Vermont Health Access Plan” (1997)
Isaac Lieberman 100 Year Association Award for efficiency and community service presented by Mayor Giuliani (1995)
Sterling Spero Award for the best written work by a Wagner graduate student (1994)
BCBSVT Team Achievement Award Winner for leading the Health Care Reform Implementation Team (2010),  Winner for leading Vermont’s Health and Wellness Company of the Future (2011



Vermont Exchange Advisory Committee (2011 to present)
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Strategy Collaborative (2010 to present)
Vermont Health Resource Allocation Planning (HRAP) Committee 2005
Vermont Leadership Institute (2004-2005)
Steering Committee member and President: Women Helping Battered Women (1999 to 2005)
Board member and Board Chair Community Health Center of Burlington (2000 to present)
Adjunct Professor: St. Michael’s College, Graduate School of Administration  (2001 to 2009)
Adjunct Professor: University of Vermont, Graduate School of Business (2009 to present)

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