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Denise M. Hill, JD, MPA

Associate Professor of Practice in Public Administration

Associate Professor Denise Hill, JD, MPA brings over 20 years of legal, policy and mediation experience to Drake, where teaches in the Zimpleman Colleges of Business and Law School. Denise is also licensed to practice law in Iowa and is an Attorney/Mediator with the Whitfield and Eddy law firm.

Prior to joining the Drake MPA faculty, Denise was an Associate Professor appointed to the Colleges of Health Sciences, Medicine and Podiatric Medicine at Des Moines University where she received multiple faculty awards, including MHA Professor of the Year. Denise previously practiced law at the Davis Brown Law firm, was an Attorney/Manager of Public and Regulatory Affairs at the Iowa Medical Society, and was a State Labor Relations Attorney.

Denise maintains an active presence in the healthcare, legal, nonprofit and academic communities. A sought after speaker, writer, and media commentator; she was selected as a national health law expert for the 30th anniversary edition of the Health Law Handbook. Her article “Patient-Centered Compliance in a World of Pain” addresses legal compliance issues for pain management and opioids. Denise is also co-author of the text "Powerful Learning Communities.”

Contact Information

Phone: 515-271-4582
Address: 2847 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Office: Aliber Hall 314


  • J.D., Drake University Law School
  • M.P.A., Drake University
  • B.A., Wartburg College
  • A.A., Waldorf College


Areas of Expertise

  • Conflict resolution and alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
  • Health care policy, law, ethics, and compliance
  • Learning communities
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