Polk County Health Department

Simon Geletta

Simon Geletta
Public Health Professor
Des moines University

Vice Chair

Term Expires

Simon Geletta, Ph.D.

Dr. Geletta is a professor in the Department of Public Health at Des Moines University, where he teaches health care analytics courses such as basic research and statistics, community research methods and geographic information systems for health care professionals.

Over his tenure as a faculty member at DMU, Dr. Geletta has collaborated with local, regional and national public health and health care-focused institutions in initiating and conducting a number of population-based health studies, including the Statewide Asthma Programs Evaluation project (conducted in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Public Health), the Administrative Turnover and Quality of Nursing Home Care in Iowa project and the Iowa Healthy Links statewide project (conducted in collaboration with the Iowa Department on Aging and the National Coalition on Aging), and the Polk County Churches and Barbershop Based Blood Pressure Screening project (conducted in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Human Rights, Polk County Department of Health, the African American Leadership Council and American Heart Association).

Before joining DMU, Dr. Geletta worked at two Medicare Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO) – Primaris (the Missouri QIO) and Telligen (the Iowa/Illinois QIO). His work at these QIOs involved translating established medical guidelines into quality-of-care measurement algorithms, and analyzing clinical and Medicare claims data for the purpose of health care quality evaluation and monitoring.

Dr. Geletta has a master of science degree in computer information systems (MSCIS) from Boston University, and a master of science degree and a Ph.D. degree in rural sociology from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

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Phone: (515)-286-3798
Fax: (515)-286-2033
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Address: 1907, Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314