Todd Smith

Assistant Professor


  • PhD, Health Services Administration/Strategic Management, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2011
  • MBA, Business, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1998
  • MSHA, Health Administration, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1998
  • BSN, Bachelor Science in Nursing, Auburn University at Montgomery, 1996


Dr. Smith is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama’s Capstone College of Nursing (UA’s CCN). He regularly teaches graduate courses related to leadership, healthcare management, health services delivery systems, and nursing administration. He has published and/or works on numerous research projects related to rural health care delivery systems, leadership, health care administration, health education, and telemedicine. Dr. Smith has also received federal funding from the National Institutes of Health for a research project related to mental health care in dental practice as well as funding from the United States Department of Agriculture for an ambulance-based telemedicine project. Dr. Smith serves on UA’s Institutional Review Board and serves as Vice Chair of the CCN’s Faculty Organization and Chair of the CCN’s Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Search Committee. He is active in several professional organizations, including the Association for Leadership Science in Nursing in which he serves as a committee member on their Leadership Succession Committee.

In addition to earning his MSHA, MBA, and BSN, Dr. Smith holds a PhD in Health Services Administration, with a concentration in strategic management, from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), as well as Nurse Executive Advanced board certification. Prior to beginning his career at the University of Alabama, Dr. Smith worked as a health care administrator for more than 15 years, serving in a number of administrative leadership positions, mostly within UAB’s School of Medicine. In his last position at UAB, Dr. Smith was the administrative director for the UAB Montgomery-Selma Regional Medical Campus, which includes several medical residency programs and clinics, as well as a complement of 3rd and 4th year medical students.

Currently, one of Dr. Smith’s primary interests is his involvement as a co-director/co-investigator of the Technology, Education and Research in Medicine (TERM) research lab at the University of Alabama’s College of Community Health Sciences. Student membership in the TERM lab is focused primarily on pre-medicine and health sciences undergraduate students at UA. Each participating student is provided with hands-on experience working on one or more specific research projects, including developing project proposals, implementing a project, and disseminating results through professional presentations and publications.

Areas of Interest

  • Mental Health
  • Technology
  • Telemedicine
  • Nursing Administration

Scholarly Highlights

  • Grant: Expanding Access to Emergency Care by Enhancing Communications Between Emergency Medical Services and Rural Hospitals through Ambulance-Based Telemedicine in Rural Alabama Communities.
  • Grant: Mental Health Screening and Referral to Treatment in Dental Practices, National Institute of Health, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Dental Practice-Based Research Network Infrastructure Access
  • Publication: Financial and business management for the doctor of nursing practice (3rd edition), Springer Publishing Company.
  • Publication: The Impact of Rural Hospital Closures on Emergency Medical Services Transport Times. The Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care.
  • Publication: Interpreting Organizational-Level Financial Statements. Nursing Administration Quarterly.