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Master of Public Health Faculty & Staff


Program Director



Terry Brandenburg, MPH, CPH, MPA, MBA

Position:  Director, MPH Program, Institute for Health and Society, MCW
Education:  DrPH, University of Illinois-Chicago, present; MPH, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2007; MPA, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 1992; MBA, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 1978; BS, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1977
Research Interests:  public health workforce; financing of public health; leadership development





Full-Time Faculty



Ruta Brazauskas, PhD

Position:  Assistant Professor, Division of Biostatistics, Institute for Health and Society, MCW
Education: PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2003; MS, University of Texas at Dallas, 1999; BS, Vilnius University, 1992
MPH Course: 18204 Biostatistics
Research Interests: survival analysis and competing risks theory

Peter M. Layde, MD, MSc

Positions:  Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine; Co-Director, Injury Research Center; Ombuds, Medical College of Wisconsin, MCW
Education:  MD, University of Wisconsin, 1976; MSc, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 1980; BA, University of Wisconsin, 1973
MPH Course:  18258 Advanced Epidemiological Methods
Research Interests:  medical injury surveillance; patient safety; public health leadership education; fall prevention

Thomas May, PhD

Positions:  Associate Professor, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Institute for Health and Society; Director, Graduate Program in Bioethics, MCW
Education:  PhD, Bowling Green State University, 1994; MA, Bowling Green State University, 1990; BA, Otterbein College, 1988
MPH Course:  18250 Balancing Harms and Individual and Community Interests: Ethical Issues in Public Health
Research Interest:  ethics in health care

Linda N. Meurer, MD, MPH

Positions:  Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine; Director, Academic Fellowship in Primary Care Research, MCW
Education:  MD, Wayne State University, 1989; MPH, University of Minnesota, 1994; BS, Oakland University, 1985
MPH Course:  18203 Public Health Management and Policy
Research Interest:  faculty/medical student training



Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH

Positions:  Kellner Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics; Director, Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children; Director, Health Equity and Urban Clinical Care Partnerships, MCW
Education:  MD, Harvard University, 1976; MPH, Harvard School of Public Health, 1977; BS, Tougaloo College, 1972
MPH Course:  18254 Challenges in Maternal and Child Health
Research Interest:  children’s health





Part-Time Faculty



 

Michael D. Akers, PhD

Positions:  Professor & Chair, Department of Accounting, Marquette University; Associate Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health and Society, MCW
Education:  PhD, University of Mississippi, 1988; MBA, University of Louisville, 1979; BS, Charleston Southern University, 1997
MPH Courses:  18208 Health Care Management: Finance
Research Interests:  accounting assessment; values of students/professionals; environmental disclosures

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Ross L. Clay, MD, MPH

Position:  Assistant Clinical Professor, Institute for Health and Society, MCW
Education:  MD, University of Minnesota, 1983; MPH, University of Minnesota, 1989; BS, University of Minnesota, 1979; BA, University of Minnesota, 1979
MPH Course:  18202 Toxicology
Research Interests:  adolescent injury; neurotoxicity of xenobiotics; tenosynovitis

Seth Foldy, MD, MPH

Position:  Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, MCW
Education:  MD, Case Western Reserve University, 1982; MPH, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2005; 
MPH Course:  Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Research Interests:  medical informatics; communicable disease; health promotion; disease outbreak preparedness

 

Eric Gass, PhD

Positions:  Assistant Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health and Society, MCW; Director, Public Health Research and Policy, City of Milwaukee Health Department
Education:  PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2007; MS, Purdue University, 1999; BS, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 1997; 
MPH Course:  18203 Public Health Administration
Research Interests: community collaboration; population health measurement; program effectiveness; future workforce development

 

Jay A. Gold, MD, JD, MPH

Position:  Assistant Clinical Professor, Institute for Health and Society, MCW
Education:  MD, Texas A&M University, 1986; JD, New York University, 1974; MPH, Harvard University, 1977; BA, St John’s College, 1971
MPH Courses:  18221 Public Health Law
Research Interests:   quality improvement; medical-legal issues; bioethics

Sheri Johnson, PhD

Positions:  Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Center for Advancement of Underserved Children, MCW
Education:  PhD, Boston University; MA, Boston University
MPH Course:  18218 Racial and Ethnic Inequalities in Health
Research Interests:  racial disparities in children; increasing community health staff competencies in mental health, oral health and pediatric primary care


 

Nancy Kreuser, PhD, MSN

Position:  Assistant Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health and Society, MCW; Health Officer, West Allis Health Department
Education:  PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1998; MSN, University of Nebraska, 1984; BSN, Marian College of Nursing, 1978
MPH Course:  18209 Community Health Assessment and Improvement
Research Interests:  access to health care for vulnerable populations; public health policy (tobacco prevention/cessation)


 

E. Brooke Lerner

Positions:  Research Director & Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, MCW
Education: PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2001; MS, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1998; BA, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1993
MPH Courses: Field Placement and Capstone Project Advisor
Research Interests: emergency medical services; trauma triage guidelines

 

N. Timothy Lynch, PhD

Positions:  Associate Clinical Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Neurosurgery-Spine Care; Associate Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health and Society, MCW
Education:  PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1973; BS, St. Francis Seminary, 1968
MPH Course:  18212 Behavioral Science and Public Health
Research Interests:  psychogenic illness; advocagenic disability

Kusuma Madamala, PhD, MPH

Positions:  Assistant Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health and Society, MCW
Education:  PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2004; MPH, University of Minnesota, 1998
MPH Course:  18243 Performance Management and Quality Improvement
Research Interests:  public health accreditation; quality improvement; competencies; structure and function of public health agencies

David McClure, PhD

Positions:  Assistant Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health and Society, MCW
Education:  PhD, University of Colorado, 2005; MS in Medical Physics, University of Colorado, 1997; MS in Materials Science, Arizona State University, 1986
MPH Course:  18201 Principles of Epidemiology
Research Interests:  epidemiology; biostatistics; vaccination rates

John Meurer, MD, MBA

Positions:  Professor and Director, Institute for Health and Society, MCW
Education:  MD, University of Wisconsin Medical School, 1986; MBA, Northwestern University, 1991
MPH Course:  18279 Field Placement Preparation; Public Health Policy
Research Interests:  diabetes; population health management; public health policy



David Nelson, PhD

Position:  Assistant Professor, Department and Family and Community Medicine, MCW
Education:  PhD, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2000; MA, University of Northern Colorado, 1995; BS, University of Illinois-Champaign, 1985
MPH Course:  18203 Public Health Administration
Research Interests:  increasing physical activity; food access; social support; process of community engagement

Jennifer Peterson, PhD

Positions:  Assistant Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health and Society, MCW
Education:  PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003; MS in Mass Communication and Technology, Purdue University, 1997
MPH Course:  18241 Health Communications
Research Interests:  public health communication; public speaking; organizational communication; interpersonal communication; HIV prevention communication messaging


 

Andrew Petroll, MD

Positions:  Assistant Professor, Center for AIDS Intervention Research, MCW
Education:  MD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001; MS, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2008; BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996
MPH Course:   18215 Infectious Diseases
Research Interests:  assessing HIV testing behaviors within high-risk populations and the effectiveness of interventions aimed at improving HIV risk behavior discussions between health care providers and both HIV-negative and HIV-positive patients

Louis Rowitz, PhD

Positions:  Assistant Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health and Society, MCW
Education:  PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1970; MA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1963
MPH Course:   Public Health Leadership
Research Interests:  leadership in public health practice; public health systems research; public health practice

James Sanders, MD, MPH

Positions:  Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine, MCW
Education:  MD, Rush Medical College, 1990; MPH, John's Hopkins University
MPH Course:   18219 Introduction to Global Health
Research Interests:  global health; chronic disease management


 

Alan Wells, PhD

Position:  Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities, Health and Society, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Health and Society, MCW
Education:  PhD, University of Texas, School of Public Health; MPH, University of Texas, School of Public Health; BA, University of Texas
MPH Courses:  18200 Environmental Health
     18209 Community Health Assessment and Improvement
Research Interests:  clinical outcomes in chronic HCV infection; community prevention strategies for viral hepatitis; public health ethics

Julie Willems Van Dijk, PhD, RN

Position:  Assistant Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health and Society, MCW; Community Engagement Specialist, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, UW School of Medicine and Public Health
Education:  PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2008; MSN, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 1991; BSN, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1982
MPH Courses:  18230 Community Health Program Planning
     18260 Community Health Program Evaluation
Research Interests:  effectiveness of public health programs; prenatal care coordination; public health financing


MPH Staff

Laura Conklin, MPH

Position:  Program Coordinator III, MPH program, Institute for Health and Society, MCW
Education:  MPH, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2012; BS, Carroll College, 2006
MPH Administration:  Culminating Experiences & Readings and Research
Phone: (414) 955-4806
Email Laura

Cindy Schmitz

Position: Program Coordinator II, MPH & PhD in Public and Community Health programs, Institute for Health and Society, MCW
MPH Administration:  Admissions, Coursework & D2L
Phone: (414) 955-4510
Email Cindy


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