Faculty Profile for Dr. Jose Alberto Betancourt
Biography and EducationDr. Betancourt serves as Associate Professor and Director, Bachelor of Health Administration (BHA) program in School of Health Administration. He is an experienced Public Health professional in the area of innovative solutions to current and emerging public health challenges facing our Nation and our world. He is a retired U.S. Army Medical Service Corps Officer and Aviator (qualified on the UH-1 'Huey' and UH-60A 'Blackhawk' helicopters) with over 30 years of supervisory and management experience in the public health arena, specifically in the areas of leadership and operations, contracts and procurement, logistics, personnel administration and budgeting. Dr. Betancourt is an adaptive and innovative leader with the ability to successfully plan, coordinate and execute a multitude of wholly disassociated programs and attain successful outcomes in all instances.
He previously served as the primary program manager responsible for the design, development and implementation of a comprehensive Behavioral Health program utilizing tele-medicine/ tele-health technology for use by Soldiers and Family Members across the Army. He served as the strategic plans and design officer for an infrastructure which utilizes unique technology to increase access to Soldiers and Family Members suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and other behavioral health challenges.
Dr. Betancourt coordinated and authored the current draft of the comprehensive Concept of Operations for the Army Tele-Behavioral Health Program depicting in detail how this technology is to be used by Active Duty, USAR, NGB, Family Members, Family Advocacy Programs and Substance Abuse Programs.
Additionally, he completed an analytical study assessing a number of training modalities aimed at converting approximately 1,200 US Army Flight Medics to NR-EMT-Paramedic certification. Numerous lessons-learned from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Iraq and Afghanistan) highlighted the need to increase the current skill-level of US Army Flight Medics. His comprehensive review recommended an innovative, hybrid-approach to delivering this critical training encompassing both a centralized training model, as well as a regional training modality.
Dr. Betancourt served on an analytical study team which built an operational cost-model for the Joint DoD/VA Integrated Electronic Health Record (iEHR) Interagency Planning Office (IPO). This model is aiding the establishment of one, comprehensive and longitudinal health record for Service members from initial entry into Service, through Veteran status. Dr. Betancourt is confident that a ‘collective synergy’ can be realized at Texas State University from the intersection of the Military Healthcare System, Academia, and Industry: specifically in the areas of military medical research & development, military medical training and education (public health), and the treatment of Veterans and their Families.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Dr.PH, International Public Health, George Washington University 2003
Dissertation: An Evaluation of the Electronic Syndromic Surveillance for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics (ESSENCE).
M.S., Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College 2006
Thesis: “Building the Afghanistan National Army’s Defense Health Sector: A Case Study in Reconstruction and Development.”
M.S., Strategic Intelligence Defense Intelligence College, Bolling Air Force Base 1992
M.S., Management, Troy State University, Fort Benning, Georgia 1990
B.S., Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville 1985
U.S. Army War College, Distance Education Program May 2004 – May 2006
Defense Strategy Course, Washington, DC August 2001
Post Graduate Intelligence Program, Washington, DC August 1991 – June 1992
Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas August 1992
Combined Arms Services Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas March 1991 – June 1991 Aviation Officer Safety Course, Fort Rucker, Alabama February 1991
Medical Officer Leadership Course, Fort Sam Houston, Texas June 1985 – September 1985
Teaching InterestsPublic Health
Health Policy and Strategic Management
Preparation of future Healthcare Administration Professionals
Research InterestsAccording to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “an ideal population health outcome metric should reflect a population’s dynamic state of physical, mental, and social well-being.” (Parrish, 2010). Oftentimes, population research in public health is defined in terms of geographies, ethnicity, age or gender characteristics.
One neglected population-set which has unique needs is comprised of the Active-duty Service member (SM), the Military Family member, and the Veteran populations. This population-set contains unique stressors, challenges, benefits and characteristics which present the research community with a myriad of opportunities.
Additionally, there is a ‘Perfect Storm’ of events that is currently evolving to make this population set desirable for the research community to explore. First, both the U.S. Department of Defense and the US Veterans Administration continue the implementation of the GENESIS Electronic Health Record (E.H.R.). Once fully implemented, it will provide a SM’s longitudinal health history from initial date of military service to his or her date of death. Second, the Congressional National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2017 is mandating a number of initiatives which will enhance the Military Health System’s (MHS) ability to deliver healthcare in an integrated (Joint) manner between Services, utilizing emerging technologies such as telemedicine, virtual health, and medical modeling and simulation. This ‘synergy’ of efforts provide many opportunities for joint collaboration between the MHS community and Texas State University.
My current research is focused on exploring effective health-related interventions in the Active-duty SM population, the Military Dependent/Family population, and the Veteran population. My overall goal is to assist these groups in achieving a well-deserved dynamic state of physical, mental, and social well-being. The recent conflicts in Operations Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) yielded a cornucopia of valuable lessons-learned in many domains from trauma medicine, to rehabilitation to behavioral health resiliency and treatment. My plan is to continue working with currently available data sources that allow me to conduct longitudinal research in a similar manner to what my colleagues and I achieved in the DoD Epidemiological and Economic Burden of Hearing Loss Study (DEEBoHLS), which produced valuable recommendations for health interventions to SMs at risk of hearing loss.
Selected Scholarly/Creative Work
- Schulz, T., Hammill, T., Zapata, T., Betancourt, J. A., & Edwards-Stewart, A. (2023). The Design and Application of a Health Behavioral Change (HBC) Roadmap. Military Medicine, Volume 188(08 November 2023), 621–628. Retrieved from https://academic.oup.com/milmed/article/188/Supplement_6/621/7388299
- Betancourt, J. A., Dolezel, D. M., Shanmugam, R., Pacheco, G. J., Stigler Granados, P. E., & Fulton, L. V. (2023). The Health Status of the US Veterans: A Longitudinal Analysis of Surveillance Data Prior to and during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Healthcare 2023, 11(14), 2049. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare11142049
- Beauvais, B. M., Ramamonjiarivelo, Z. H., Betancourt, J. A., Cruz, J. E., & Fulton, L. V. (2023). The Predictive Factors of Hospital Bankruptcy. Healthcare, 11(2). https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare11020165
- Shanmugam, R., Fulton, L., Ramamonjiarivelo, Z., Betancourt, J., Beauvais, B., Kruse, C. S., & Brooks, M. S. (2021). A Report Card on Prevention Efforts of COVID-19 Deaths in US. Healthcare, 9(1175), 1–13. https://doi.org/doi.org/ 10.3390/healthcare9091175
- Betancourt, J. A., Stigler Granados, P. E., Pacheco, G. J., Reagan, J. K., Shanmugam, R., Topinka, J. B., … Fulton, L. V. (2021). Exploring Health Outcomes for U.S. Veterans Compared to Non-Veterans from 2003 to 2019. Healthcare, 9(604). https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9050604
- Award / Honor Recipient: College of Health Professions 2021 College Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching, Texas State University. August 23, 2021
- Award / Honor Recipient: Texas State University Alpha Chi National College Honor Society Favorite Professor Award, Texas State University Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. November 15, 2020
- Award / Honor Recipient: Department of Defense Bronze Star Medal, US Department of Defense. January 1, 2005 - May 15, 2005
- Stigler Granados, Paula Elaine (Principal), Betancourt, Jose Alberto (Co-Principal), Rohde, Rodney E (Co-Principal), Pacheco, Gerardo Jesus (Co-Principal), Fulton, Lawrence V (Co-Principal). Effective Surveillance of Chagas Disease for US Military Readiness along South West US Mexico Border Ports of Entry, DoD Global Health Engagement Research Initiative (GHERI) Award, Federal, $705755.76. (Funded: October 2020 - September 2022). Grant.
- Betancourt, Jose Alberto (Co-Principal), Stigler Granados, Paula Elaine (Co-Principal). Chagas Disease Prevalence and Associated Risk Factors Among Texas State University Students, Staff and Faculty, Texas State University Research Enhancement Committee and Faculty Senate, Texas State University, $15966.00. (Funded: February 1, 2019 - Present). Grant.
Selected Service Activities
Hays County Community Health Assessment Steering Committee
February 25, 2023-Present
Alpha Eta Honor Society
August 22, 2021-Present
Director, Bachelor of Healthcare Administration Program
School of Health Administration, College of Health Professions
August 15, 2021-Present
Services as Vice-Chair for the Committee
Spring 2023 College of Health Professions Research Symposium
April 1, 2021-Present
Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society
January 15, 2021-Present