Erik Carlton

Erik Carlton, DrPH, MS

Assistant Professor, Division of Health Systems, Management, and Policy, MHA Coordinator

128 Robison Hall
Office Hours
By appointment only

About Erik Carlton

Erik L. Carlton, DrPH, MS is Assistant Professor of Health Systems Management and Policy, and serves as the MHA Program Coordinator. In addition to his appointment at the University of Memphis, Dr. Carlton holds adjunct faculty appointments in Preventive Medicine and Advanced Practice and Doctoral Studies and is an affiliate faculty member with the Center for Health Systems Improvement at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. He has published and presented nationally on a variety of topics, including integrating public health and healthcare, strategic collaborations, leadership and management development, university-community relations, and technology use in health services research. His current research focuses on the integration of public health and primary care systems and integrating behavioral health into healthcare and public health systems, and the value of qualitative and mixed methods in health services research. He teaches the healthcare management leadership, population health management, healthcare quality and outcomes, and health policy and organization of health systems courses for the School of Public Health. In addition to his research and teaching, Dr. Carlton has extensive experience in project management, training and development, and marketing and public relations, including particular expertise in managing collaborations in both private and public sectors. He is the founder and principal of The Carlton Group, a healthcare and public health consulting firm focused population health and behavioral health strategies. He also previously operated a counseling and therapy private practice. Dr. Carlton holds a Doctor of Public Health degree in Health Services Management and a Master of Science degree in Family Studies with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy, both from the University of Kentucky.


  • DrPH, Health Services Management, University of Kentucky
  • MS, Family Studies, University of Kentucky
  • BA, Human Development, California State University- Hayward

Research Interests

  • Integrating healthcare and public health systems
  • Integrating behavioral health into healthcare and public health systems
  • Healthcare and public health leadership
  • Qualitative and mixed methods in health services research

Selected Publications

  1. Carlton, E.L., Powell, M.P., Dismuke, S.E., & Levy, M. (in press). Our future's brightest: Leveraging interdisciplinary graduate student teams to deliver innovative approaches to an urban health disparity. Journal of Health Administration Education.
  2. Carlton, E.L., Holsinger, J., Riddell, M., & Bush, H. (2015). Full-range public health leadership, Part 1: Quantitative analysis. Frontiers in Public Health, 3:73.doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2015.00073
  3. Carlton, E.L., Holsinger, J., Riddell, M., & Bush, H. (2015). Full-range public health leadership, Part 2: Qualitative analysis and synthesis. Frontiers in Public Health, 3:72. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2015.00072
  4. Carlton, E.L. & Singh, S. (2015). Accreditation intent, community health assessments, and local health department-hospital partnerships. Frontiers in Public Health Systems and Services Research, 4(1), 1-6.
  5. Carlton, E.L., & Erwin, P.C. (2015). Answering the Call to Integrate: Simple Strategies from Public Health and Healthcare Executives in One Urban County. Frontiers in Public Health Systems and Services Research, 4(1), 7-13.
  6. Carlton, E.L. (2014). Answering the call for integrating population health: Insights from health system executives. Advances in Health Care Management, 16, 115-138.
  7. Leukefeld, C.G., Carlton, E.L., Staton-Tindall, M., & Delaney, M. (2012). Six-month follow-up outcomes for TANF-eligible clients involved in Kentucky's Targeted Assessment Program. Journal of Social Service Research, 38(3), 366-381.
  8. Carlton, E., & Simmons, L. (2011). Health decision-making among rural women: Physician access and prescription adherence. Rural and Remote Health, 11, 1599-1615.
  9. Carlton, E., Whiting, J., Bradford, K., Dyk, P, & Vail, A. (2009). Defining factors of successful university-community collaborations: An exploration of one healthy marriage project. Family Relations, 58(1), 28-40.