Zo Ramamamonjiarivelo, Ph.D., MBA

  Assistant Professor
  708-534-4032 ext. 4032
  Office Location: G171
  Office Hours: Mondays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 3 - 4 p.m.  Wednesdays, 2 - 4 p.m. Other hours by appt.
  College: CHHS
  Health Administration

My career at GSU began in Fall, 2011. I am an Assistant Professor of the Health Administration Department. I earned my MBA with a concentration in Strategic Management from the University of Alabama and my Ph.D. in Administration-Health Services with Strategy concentration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

I find academics highly rewarding because it challenges me to refresh my knowledge and enables me to bring about changes in people’s lives through teaching, research and community services.

I enjoy interacting with my students; seeing their growth and success gives me the greatest satisfaction. I teach Health Care Statistics for the undergraduate program and Strategic Management, Organizational Behavior and Quality Improvement for the graduate program. My research interests include factors associated with strategic decisions of health care organizations and the impact of such decisions on organizations’ performance, health disparities and medial tourism.

I base my teaching method upon the leadership book of James Collins and Jerry Porras entitled, Built toLast (2002). In their book, Collins and Porras argue that leaders of organizations should be clock builders instead of time tellers. A clock builder is a leader that passes all his knowledge and skills on to his subordinates and prepares them to take over the leadership of the organization. Therefore, the organization continues to grow following the leader's departure. A time teller leader does not want to share all his knowledge and skills to his subordinates for fear of loss of power and influence. He/she is more comfortable waiting for the subordinates to ask him about everything, I want to be a clock builder rather than a time teller.

I believe teaching consists of sharing all my knowledge to my students in order to prepare them for a successful professional and personal life. If the student succeeds in his/her education, career and private life, I am delighted because I've realized my vision. I also believe in learning by teaching, and this prepares my students to be clock builders. My students will teach their peers by making class presentations on what they have learned from the group projects and field trips. In addition, they will be asked to evaluate each other. Peer-evaluation reinforces the notions of clock builder and learning by teaching; the evaluators teach the presenters through their constructive comments.

I have been involved in various community services inside GSU, as well as throughout Chicago's south suburbs. I have more than nine years of experience as an Associate Director of the national office of a religious organization. I serve GSU as a member of the College of Health and Human Services Curriculum Committee, as well as a member of the Master’s in Health Informatics program design subcommittee. I am also the coordinator of the Upsilon Phi Delta (UPD) GSU chapter. UPD is national academic honor society for students in healthcare management and policy under the umbrella the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). I mentor some students enrolled in the GSU Leadership Institute Co-Certificate Program, and also serve on the Advisory Board for the Friends of the Park Forest Health Department.  


Peer-Review Journal Publications:


Chambers, N., Comer-HaGans, D., Ramamonjiarivelo, Z. (2014), “Approaches to Engaging Low-Income Communities in Improving Their Diabetes Health: A Review of the Literature Published in the 21st Century,” Journal of Management Policy and Practice (in press).


Austin, S., Ramamonjiarivelo, Z., Qu, H., Ellis-Griffith, G.Acupuncture Use in the United States: Who, Where, Why and at What Price?Health Marketing Quarterly (in press).


Ramamonjiarivelo, Z., Martin, D., Martin, W. The Determinants of Medical Tourism Intentions: Applying the Theory of Planned Behavior. Health Marketing Quarterly.31(4), (in press).


Ramamonjiarivelo, Z., Weech-Maldonado, R., Hearld, L., Menachemi, N., Epané, J.P., O’Connor, S. (2014) Public Hospitals in Financial Distress: Is Privatization a Strategic Choice?" Health Care Management Review, 00 (0), 00-00 (published ahead of print).doi: 10.1097/HMR.0000000000000032


Ramamonjiarivelo, Z., Weech-Maldonado, R., Hearld, L., Pradhan, R. (2014) Public hospitals in peril: Factors associated with financial distress. Journal of Health Care Finance, 40 (3), 14-30.


Ramamonjiarivelo, Z. (2014).Perspective on Bumrungrad International Hospital. A Perspective in “Understanding Medical Tourism” In: Anthony J. Culyer (ed). Encyclopedia of Health Economics. Volume 3. Sand Diego: Elsevier, 2014,  404-410. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-375678-7.01007-5


Elder, K., Ramamonjiarivelo, Z., Wiltshire, J. C., Horn, W. S., Hullett, S. & Allison, J. (2012).  Trust, Medication Adherence, and Hypertension Control in Southern African American Men. American Journal of Public Health. 102 (12), 2242-2245. DOI:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300777


Martin, D. S., Ramamonjiarivelo, Z. & Martin, W.S. (2011). MEDTOUR: A scale for measuring medical tourism intentions. Tourism Review. 66, (1/2), pp. 45-56.


Rauterkus, A., Ramamonjiarivelo, Z. (2010). Why choose a credit union? Determinants of credit union deposits. The Social Science Research Network.   http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1571335


Ayers, D., Menachemi, N., Ramamonjiarivelo, Z., Matthews, M., Brooks, R.G. (2009).           “Adoption of electronic medical records: The role of network effects."Journal of Product and Brand Management. 18,(2), pp.127-135.


Link to CV:

Zo Ramamamonjiarivelo CV