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Meet Our Team

Director

Terry Brandenburg

Terry Brandenburg, MPH, CPH, MPA, MBA

Position: Director, MPH Program, Institute for Health & Equity, 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

 

 

Faculty

Kartikey Acharya, MD, MPH

Kartikey Acharya, MD, MPH

Position: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, MCW
Education: MBBS, government Medical College, Surat, India
MPH Course: 18215 Infectious Diseases
Research Interests: quality improvement, sexually transmitted Infections, viral hepatitis, medical education

 

 

Mary E. Homan, MA, MSHCE, DrPH

Positions: Assistant Professor, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Institute for Health & Equity, MCW; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Systems, School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Education: MA, Systematic Theology, Aquinas Institute of Theology (Saint Louis, MO); MSHCE, Health Care Ethics, Creighton University (Omaha, NE); DrPH, Health Administration & Policy, College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (Oklahoma City, OK)
MPH Course: 18250 Ethical Issues in Public Health
Research Interests: maternal and child health, health policy, hospital administration, clinical ethics, public health ethics

 

Matthew Dellinger

Matthew Dellinger, PhD, MS

Position: Assistant Professor, Institute for Health & Equity, MCW
Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; MS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
MPH Course: 18200 Environmental Health
Research Interests: environmental health, toxicology, risk assessment, and epidemiology

 

 

Raphael Fraser

Raphael Fraser, PhD

Position: Assistant Professor, Division of Biostatistics, Institute for Health & Equity, MCW
Education: PhD, Florida State University
MPH Course: 18204 Introduction to Biostatistics
Research Interests: survival analysis, clinical trials, Bayesian biostatistics, survey methods and empirical process theory

 

 

Janvier Gasana

Janvier Gasana, MD, PhD, MPH

Position: Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health & Equity, MCW; Professor & Chair-Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Kuwait University Health Sciences Center Faculty of Public Health
Education: Medical doctorate degree, Rwandan Medical School; MPH and PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
MPH Course: 18200 Environmental Health
Research Interests: role of environmental & occupational exposures to soil-, water / sanitation / hygiene-, air-, & food-borne contaminants; infections; allergens; injury; stress; gene-environment; & immune system on ill-health and prevention of these for holistic health

 

 

Eric Gass

Eric Gass, PhD, MS

Positions: Assistant Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health & Equity, MCW; Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, WI
Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; MS, Purdue University
MPH Course: 18265 Public Health Research
Research Interests: community collaboration, population health measurement, program effectiveness, future workforce development

 

 

Kim Gearin

Kim Gearin, PhD, MS

Position: Assistant Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health & Equity, MCW; Senior Research Scientist, Center for Health Equity and Community Health, Minnesota Department of Health
Education: MS, Community Health Education, University of North Texas, TX; PhD, Health Education, Texas Woman's University, TX
MPH Course: 18230 Community Health Program Planning
Research Interests: public health systems; evidence-based public health practice; intersection of public health and primary care

 

 

Soyoung Kim

Soyoung Kim, PhD

Position: Assistant Professor, Division of Biostatistics, Institute for Health & Equity, MCW
Education: PhD, University of North Carolina
MPH Course: 18204 Introduction to Biostatistics
Research Interests: survival analysis, casual inference, biomarker evaluation, missing data, case-cohort studies, and multivariate failure time

 

 

Nancy Kreuser

Nancy Kreuser, PhD, MSN

Position: Assistant Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health & Equity, MCW
Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; MSN, University of Nebraska
MPH Course: 18209 Community Health Assessment and Improvement
Research Interests: access to health care for vulnerable populations, public health policy (tobacco prevention/cessation)

 

 

Brooke E. Lerner

Brooke E. Lerner, PhD, FAEMS

Positions: Research Director & Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine; Co-Director, Comprehensive Injury Center, MCW
Education: PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo; MS, State University of New York at Buffalo
MPH Courses: 18258 Advanced Epidemiological Methods
Research Interests: emergency medical services, trauma triage guidelines

 

 

 

Timothy Lynch

Timothy N. Lynch, PhD

Positions: Professor, Departments of Neurosurgery and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Associate Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health & Equity, MCW
Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin
MPH Course: 18212 Behavioral Science and Public Health
Research Interests: Imaging pain using fMRI

 

 

Kusuma Madamala

Kusuma Madamala, PhD, MPH

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

 

 

David McClure

David McClure, PhD, MS

Positions: Assistant Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health & Equity, MCW; Senior Epidemiologist - Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute
Education: PhD, University of Colorado, Analytical Health Science (Epidemiology, Biostatistics); MS, University of Colorado, Medical Physics.
MPH Course: 18280 MPH Field Placement Faculty Advisor; 18297 MPH Capstone Project Faculty Advisor
Research Interests: pharmacoepidemiology

 

 

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John Meurer, MD, MBA

Positions: Professor and Director, Institute for Health & Equity, MCW
Education: MD, University of Wisconsin Medical School; MBA, Northwestern University
MPH Course: 18223 Public Health Policy; 18232 Introduction to Population Health Management
Research Interests: early child development systems improvement, state Medicaid expansion and diabetes

 

 

David Nelson

David Nelson, PhD, MA

Position: Associate Professor, Department and Family and Community Medicine, MCW
Education: PhD, University of Tennessee-Knoxville; MA, University of Northern Colorado
MPH Course: 18203 Public Health Administration; 18212 Behavioral Science and Public Health
Research Interests: increasing physical activity, food access, social support, process of community engagement

 

 

Jennifer Peterson

Jennifer Peterson, PhD, MS

Positions: Assistant Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health & Equity, MCW; Assistant Professor, Mount Mary University
Education: PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; MA, Purdue University
MPH Course: 18241 Health Communications
Research Interests: public health communication, social support, HIV prevention communication, uncertainty management and health, interpersonal communication

 

 

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William Riley, PhD, MA

Position: Assistant Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health & Equity, MCW; Professor, School for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Arizona State University
Education: PhD, University of Minnesota; MA, Western Michigan University
MPH Course: 18208 Health Care Finance

 

 

Lous Rowitz, PhD, MA

Louis Rowitz, PhD, MA

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

 

 

Jim Sanders

James Sanders, MD, MPH

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

 

 

Janaki Shah, MD

Janaki Shah, MD

Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, MCW; Instructor AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin
Education: MD, University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey; Internship, Residency, and Fellowship, MCW
MPH Course: 18215 Infectious Diseases
Research Interests: acquired immune deficiency syndrome, infectious diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV care and prevention

 

 

 

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Julie Willems Van Dijk, PhD, RN

Position: Assistant Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health & Equity, MCW; Senior Scientist and Director, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, UW School of Medicine and Public Health
Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; MSN, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
MPH Courses: 18260 Community Health Program Evaluation
Research Interests: effectiveness of community health improvement, prenatal care coordination, public health financing, population health trends

 

 

Earnestine Willis

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; MPH, Harvard School of Public Health
MPH Course: 18254 Challenges in Maternal and Child Health
Research Interest: children’s health

 

 

Kaija Zusevics, PhD, MPH

Kaija Zusevics, PhD, MPH

Positions: Assistant Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health & Equity; Associate Researcher, Center for Urban Population Health
Education: PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin; MPH, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
MPH Course: 18218 Racial and Ethnic Inequalities in Health; 18201 Principles of Epidemiology
Research Interests: education as a social determinant of health, positive youth development, genomics and ethics in the context of racism, community based participatory research

Staff

Kim Contardi

Kim Contardi

Position: Program Manager, Institute for Health & Equity, MCW
MPH Administration: Field Placements, Capstone, Coursework
(414) 955-4510
kcontardi@mcw.edu

 

Cindy Schmitz

Cindy Schmitz

Position: Program Coordinator II, Institute for Health & Equity, MCW
MPH Administration: Admissions, Coursework, Faculty Support, D2L
(414) 955-4510
cschmitz@mcw.edu