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Mike Berlin, MS, LCSW

Lecturer, Department of Community and Environmental Health

Mike BerlinMike Berlin joined the Department of Community and Environmental Health as a full-time Lecturer in July 2013. He holds a Master of Science in Gerontology and a Master of Social Work, both degrees from the University of Southern California. He received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and is currently licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in both Idaho and California. Most recently, he worked in private practice as a geriatric specialist conducting psycho-social assessments and providing cognitive behavioral therapy services to residents of local skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. Previous to that, he spent twenty-five years in health care management. He served as both Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Product Development for MHN, the behavioral health subsidiary of Health Net, Inc. In those roles, he was responsible for strategic planning, product positioning, operational implementation and the financial outcomes of two multi-state business units.

Berlin teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department, including Health Care Policymaking and Issues in Aging, Leadership for Health Care Professionals, Health Care Economics, Finance and Service Delivery Systems, and Marketing for Health Care Professionals. As a co-founder of the Idaho Alzheimer’s Planning Group, he has made several presentations to the Idaho state legislature, successfully advocating for a statewide plan for Alzheimer’s disease in Idaho. He has also met with Idaho’s congressional representatives in Washington, D.C. to advocate for additional research funding for Alzheimer’s disease.

Outside of his professional life, Berlin’s interests include traveling with his wife and two sons; volunteering with the Idaho Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and serving on that organization’s Leadership Council. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Sheridan Academy, an accredited non-profit junior/senior private school in Boise. When time permits, he enjoys golf, fly fishing and playing bocce with the Italian American Club of Boise.

Contact Information

Office: HSRV 113
Phone: (208) 426-2335