Jeff Hartman graduated from the University of Evansville with a master’s degree in physical therapy. He went on to earn his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine with an emphasis in manual therapy. Hartman participated in the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics orthopedic residency program in 2001 and continues to instruct in the program.
Hartman’s clinical career has been primarily in the outpatient orthopedics, including a five-year stint in a Level-I trauma center in Indianapolis. In addition to his physical therapy training, he received a master of public health degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and a global health certificate in 2006 from the UW-Madison Global Health Institute.
He has gone on to blend his physical therapy and public health backgrounds into an extensive global health resume that includes serving as a clinician, administrator, researcher and educator with various organizations in 10 different countries. Hartman was the stateside director of operations for the Hillside Clinic in Belize and was instrumental in founding a community-based rehabilitation program that currently serves as an education center for students from around the world, including the UW Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
His research interests lie primarily within global and community health and development and global health education. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach and conduct research in Belize in 2020.
Hartman has been a dedicated member and leader within the American Physical Therapy Association’s Global Health Special Interest Group since 2003 and is currently on the executive committee.