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S. Mary Fanning Rsm

Assistant Professor - Economics

Contact Information

Telephone:  (410) 532-5739
E-mail: mfanning@ndm.edu
Office:  305 Fourier Hall


Ph.D., Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dissertation: Nonprofit Hospital Services, Property Tax Litigation and the Impact on Litigants

Certificate Program: Health Systems Management, Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston, MA

MBA: Finance concentration, Loyola University in Maryland

BA: Chemistry/Sec. Ed., Mount Saint Agnes College, Baltimore, MD


As a Sister of Mercy, I fully embrace the University’s mission and I feel privileged to be part of the developmental experience of students who will “transform the world.” This mission of the university is in alignment with the mission of the Sisters of Mercy. Further, as board chair of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education, I have the opportunity to learn how our 17 colleges and universities in the US similarly foster transformational leadership.

Within the field of healthcare I integrate professional practice and scholarship in my courses. My professional background in healthcare administration, my responsibilities on healthcare boards, and my scholarship in health policy provide me considerable insight into the healthcare sector as well as the nonprofit sector. 

Graduate level courses include healthcare finance, healthcare economics and an overview of the US healthcare delivery system. 

Recent Publications

Women and the Affordable Care Act, Viva Mercy, May-June 2013

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Why It Is Important for Women’s Health, Journal of Interdisciplinary Feminist Thought, 2012

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): The Good News and the Challenges, Viva Mercy, May-June 2012

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American College of Healthcare Executives: Fellow

AcademyHealth: personal member

Catholic Health Association: personal member

Healthcare Financial Management Association: Advanced Member