Joy Volarich

Joy Volarich

Joy Volarich


Teaching Instructor

Full-time Faculty

School: Milken Institute School of Public Health

Department: Health Policy and Management


Email: Joy Volarich
Office Phone: 412-748-0569
Milken Institute School of Public Health 950 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Suite 600 Washington DC 20052

Highly regarded and effective educator with 12 years of teaching experience, informed by knowledge and skills honed during 20+ years in the healthcare industry, with several senior financial management positions.

Education Industry:  Ms. Volarich is currently teaching in the GWU Masters in Health Administration programs, with a specialty in healthcare finance. She teaches the following residential courses: Healthcare Finance Theory, Healthcare Financial Applications and Advanced Healthcare Financial Applications. She also teaches the Finance module in the on-line executive format MHA@GW program. In previous years, she taught in the online HIT Graduate Certificate Program and the online Community Health Center Graduate Certificate Program, as well as served as Career Counselor for the HIT Program students.  She interacts with students outside of the classroom through academic and internship advising for residential students and culminating research project advising for online students. She has received the following teaching awards: School of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award for Online Faculty (2020); MHA Excellence in Teaching Award for Part-time Faculty (2014, 2012, and 2011) and Outstanding Faculty Award from HSML Student Association (2011).

Healthcare Industry: Her expertise includes financial leadership, controllership, restructuring and process improvement. Ms. Volarich served as an independent consultant and as a Principal in the Mid-Atlantic practice of Tatum, LLC. Prior to joining Tatum, Ms. Volarich worked for US Oncology, a national physician practice and cancer center management company. At US Oncology, she served as State Controller for Maryland and Northern Virginia, where she directed general ledger, financial reporting and billing/collection for five entities totaling $120 million in annual net revenues. Previously, she was Controller at the GWU Medical Faculty Associates, a $100 million, 225-physician multi-specialty group practice where she coordinated the establishment of full-service accounting, payroll, treasury, accounts payable and purchasing functions after divestiture from George Washington University.  She had moved to this position from Vector Research, where she served as Senior Consultant analyzing new hospital construction and staffing models at DoD hospitals.  Ms. Volarich began her career as an Administrative Resident and then a Financial Analyst for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. 

Health Care Financing

Ms. Volarich holds a Master of Health Administration and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Penn State University.

She is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA). 

HSML 6209, Healthcare Financial Theory

HSML 6210, Healthcare Financial Applications

HSML 6263, Advanced Healthcare Finance

HSML 6266 Finance Module, MHA@GW online