Dennis  McCay
Assistant Professor
School of Public Health
Department of Healthcare Administration and Informatics
1601 CHS Building 1

Dennis McCay is a native of the Birmingham area and a retiree of AT&T/BellSouth where he spent the majority of his tenure as an IT Project Manager. As a retiree that was well below retirement age, he returned to school, earning his MBA with a thesis that dealt with measuring the cultural differences among American subcultures and then completing his PhD with a dissertation analyzing some of the financial problems that hinder Alabama’s rural health care system.McCay is active in projects with the Alabama Rural Health Association, the Cherokee Tribe of Northeast Alabama (CTNEAL), the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, and his church’s Backpack Buddies program.

Degrees and Certificates 

  • PhD, management and health care administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • MBA, University of Montevallo
  • BA, business administration, University of Montevallo
  • Master’s certificate, project management, George Washington University


  • Alabama Rural Health Association
  • ACHE


  • Project Management
  • Coaching
  • Technical Research

Recent Publications

  • McCay, D.O., Borkowski, N., Hearld, L., Byrd, J., Trimm, J.M., Duncan, J., (2019). A Case Study: Organizational and Environmental Factors Associated with Alabama Rural Hospitals’ Reported Levels of Financial Distress. Journal of Health Care Finance, Spring 2019, Retrieved From: