Faculty

Michael Bates, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Course: Epidemiologic Methods | PH W250

Michael Bates was born and raised in New Zealand and is an environmental and occupational epidemiologist in UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. After working as a toxicologist in New Zealand, he became interested in epidemiology and obtained an M.P.H. in environmental health sciences and a Ph.D. in epidemiology at UC Berkeley. Bates has conducted numerous international collaborative studies, most recently on tuberculosis (TB) and household air pollution in Nepal, and the effects of hydrogen sulfide in the Rotorura district of New Zealand. He is Associate Director of the Global Health and Environment M.S. program, Director of the STEER undergraduate research internship program and Director of the Targeted Research Training (TRT) Program, which is part of the NIOSH-funded Northern California Education and Research Center (ERC).

Research Interests:
Bate’s research interests have always been diverse, with a particular focus on defining the relationships between environmental and occupational chemical exposures and health effects.

Learn more about Michael Bates.


Caricia Catalani, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.

Course: Communication in Public Health | PH W204

Caricia Catalani is a design researcher at IDEO, a nonprofit focused on social good through the design of innovative online tools. She is also a teacher and advocate whose work focuses on innovative technology for global health. With over 18 years of experience working on community health projects and research with underserved populations, Dr. Catalani has collaborated with and led studies related to community, maternal, child, reproductive, and sexual health. She is a consultant to governments in Cambodia, Rwanda, the United States, and Canada as well as global foundations and NGOs on the evaluation of equitable and integrated health information systems, with a special focus on technology to address HIV, tuberculosis, and maternal and child health.

Research Interests:
Catalani has served as principal investigator and co-investigator for several studies, including technology usability evaluations, community-partnered studies, program evaluations, and randomized clinical trials.


Mara Decker, Dr.P.H., M.S.H.

Course: Evaluation of Health and Social Programs | PH W218

Mara Decker is a Project Director at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health where she oversees several applied research projects and evaluations focusing on reproductive health both domestically and globally. She directs the evaluation of California’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention programs as well as global projects on adolescent health for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. Decker uses mixed qualitative and quantitative methods and data to improve programs and inform policy decisions. She has implemented a participatory health and conservation program in the Bolivian jungle, evaluated the impact of supportive housing on homelessness, and assessed health needs in post-conflict Angola among internally displaced women.

In addition to this course, Decker has taught at UC San Francisco, San Quentin State Prison, and Touro University. She serves on the Data and Evaluation Committee of California’s Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group, is a member of the UC Center of Expertise on Women’s Health and Empowerment, and is an advisor to the UNFPA’s adolescent health efforts. She received her master’s in health sciences from the Johns Hopkins University and a Dr.P.H. from UC Berkeley.

Research Interests:
Decker’s research interests include the intersection between health and developmental issues, the social ecology of health, and reducing health disparities.


Sonya Dublin, M.P.H., M.S.W.

Course: Program Planning, Development, and Evaluation | PH W205

Sonya Dublin is a graduate of the UC Berkeley M.S.W./M.P.H. program. She has been working in public health and HIV prevention since 1995 as a program implementer, director, planner and evaluator. Currently, she is involved in initiatives focusing on providing HIV prevention capacity building services across the country and program evaluation capacity building focused on development challenges in the Sahel region of Africa. Dublin enjoys mixing teaching and training with direct practice—using technical expertise to build others’ abilities. She believes in strengthening systems, integrating continuous program improvement and facilitating learning.

Research Interests:
Dublin’s interests include HIV and reproductive health, capacity building for workforce development and methods for empowerment in program planning.

Learn more about Sonya Dublin.


Wayne Enanoria, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Course: Outbreak Investigation | PH W253

Wayne Enanoria received an M.P.H. in Epidemiology/Biostatistics and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked as an epidemiologist and research analyst in local and state agencies, including the San Francisco Department of Public Health (Tuberculosis Control and Community Health Epidemiology and Disease Control) and the California Department of Public Health at the Office of AIDS, the Reproductive Epidemiology Section and the Immunization Branch.

Enanoria is an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at UCSF. He has conducted public health workforce trainings in epidemiologic methods, biostatistical analyses, infectious disease epidemiology and outbreak investigation.

Research Interests:
Enanoria’s interests include the epidemiology of respiratory diseases, direct and indirect effects of public health interventions such as vaccination, and public health preparedness and emergency response to infectious disease emergencies.

Learn more about Wayne Enanoria.


Brent Fulton, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Course: Health Policy and Management | PH W200E

Brent D. Fulton received his doctorate in public policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School and his M.B.A. from The Anderson School at UCLA. He was a Project Manager and Engineer for the U.S. Air Force and is currently an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Health Economics and Public Policy, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health at Berkeley. Fulton is an Assistant Research Economist at the Nicholas C. Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare and the Global Center for Health Economics and Policy Research.

Research Interests:
Fulton’s current research areas include health reform, health insurance markets (rate review regulation, risk adjustment and reinsurance), the health workforce (task shifting and pay for performance in the U.S. and globally), and mental health and oral health care disparities.

Learn more about Brent Fulton.


Robyn Gershon, Dr.P.H., M.H.S.

Courses:
Global Health Disaster Preparedness and Response | PH W258
Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response | PH W257

Dr. Gershon is an interdisciplinary scientist working in the field of occupational and environmental health. She is an adjunct professor at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at UC Berkeley and an affiliated faculty member of Berkeley’s Center for Infectious Diseases and Emergency Readiness. Dr. Gershon received her doctoral degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health, where she was on faculty for several years.

Prior to her doctoral studies, she served as the Director of Biological Safety at Yale University. Most recently she was a Professor in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, with a joint appointment in the School of Nursing. She is presently Professor Emerita of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences. At the Mailman School, she also served as the Associate Dean for Research and was the Director of the Mentoring Program.

Research Interests:
Gershon’s research focuses on three major areas: high risk work settings and work occupations, disaster preparedness and occupational health, and the translation of epidemiological research findings into organizational practices and regulatory control.


Nap Hosang, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.

Course: Interdisciplinary Seminar | PH W289

Dr. Hosang is an obstetrician and physician administrator who worked at Kaiser Permanente for 24 years, serving on the faculty at the Berkeley School of Public Health for over 25 years. His previous roles included leadership of the Interdisciplinary M.P.H. program and the UC Berkeley/UCSF Joint Medical Program. Dr. Hosang started out at UC Berkeley’s Maternal and Child Health program where he taught the Global MCH course for 7 years. He currently teaches in the On-campus/Online M.P.H. program and collaborates with Professor Sandhu to teach an on-campus course on the application of design theory to problem solving in public health. Off-campus he enjoys fishing and serves on the board of directors for a nonprofit focused on clean energy in low and middle income countries.

Research Interests:
Hosang’s research interests include telemedicine for rural health care access and maternal and child health service delivery in developing countries, generating carbon credits from cleaner burning biomass and charcoal stoves, and the role and regulation of the private sector in primary health care delivery in developing countries.


Joseph Houska, Ph.D.

Course: Strategic Management and the Organization of Health Services | PH W223

Dr. Houska received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University and taught at Boston University, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley before he began his 34-year career in the health sector, with Blue Cross of California and Kaiser Permanente where he worked in market research, financial forecasting, organizational design, strategic planning, and performance improvement. He recently retired from The Permanente Medical Group where he was Vice President for Strategic Projects and Consulting.

Aiyana Johnson, M.P.H., M.S.W.

Course: Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Health Status and Behavior | PH W202

Aiyana Johnson is the Chief Patient Experience and Associate Hospital Administrator at San Francisco General Hospital where she oversees the Department of Education and Training, interpreter services, renal and chronic dialysis, patient advocate, volunteer services and chaplaincy services. Previously Johnson worked as a Case Manager and Therapist for the Native American Health Center, specializing in intergenerational trauma and as a School Social Worker for the Berkeley Unified School District with a focus on culturally competent mental health services.

Research Interests:
Johnson’s work concentrates primarily on health equity, language access, quality improvement and patient experience.


Maureen Lahiff, Ph.D.

Course: Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health | PH W142

Dr. Lahiff has a PhD in statistics from the University of Chicago and has been a lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health since 1991. During her time in the Bay Area, she earned an MA from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley. In addition to teaching for the Division of Biostatistics, she teaches for the Prison University Project college program at San Quentin State Prison. She has published numerous articles in academic journals and is a recipient of the School of Public Health Distinguished Teaching and Mentoring Award.

Research Interests:
Lahiff’s research interests include multivariate methods, time series and longitudinal data and acculturation and health.


Cindy Leung, Sc.D., M.P.H.

Course: Public Health Aspects of Maternal and Child Nutrition | PH W206

Dr. Leung received her M.P.H. from UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health and her Sc.D. in Nutrition and Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, with concentrations in public health nutrition and cardiovascular epidemiology. Her previous research has examined the relations of household food security and participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to dietary intake and obesity-related health outcomes of low-income Americans. More generally, Dr. Leung is interested in examining social and environmental determinants of dietary intake and diet-related health outcomes, and using scientific evidence to influence public policy to create healthier environments, particularly for vulnerable populations.

Research Interests:
Dr. Leung is currently investigating associations between dietary patterns and cellular aging, the effects of household food security on stress and diet-related chronic disease, and the interactions between the neighborhood food environment and household food security on predicting dietary intake.


John Myovich, M.B.A.

Course: Health Care Organizations and Management | PH W224

John Myovich is a Managing Director of Performance Excellence at Kaiser Permanente and a Lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. His expertise is in performance improvement, financial analysis, strategy and planning. He has led several major initiatives in the area of performance management, hospital efficiency, quality, continuum of care, service delivery planning as well as technology implementations (electronic medical record). Throughout his career, he has taught a variety of health care and finance classes at Kaiser Permanente and externally at the International Business College, San Francisco and UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. He received an M.B.A. in Finance from California State University, East Bay and Executive Leadership Program degree from the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler.

Amod Pokhrel, Ph.D.

Course: Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences | PH W200F

Dr. Pokhrel, an Environmental Health Scientist and Lecturer, holds Master of Science and Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. His doctoral dissertation addressed how household air pollution (HAP) from cooking, heating, and lighting fuel increases the risk of tuberculosis, cataract and lens opacity in women in developing countries. He is currently conducting research on HAP and its effect on Tuberculosis, Pneumonia and Lung Function in men, women and children. He is also examining the environmental and health impacts in developing countries from using lead-based paint, and lead acid batteries for home lighting. His research has appeared in Environmental Health Perspectives, International Journal of Epidemiology, Optometry and Vision Science, and Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene.

Research Interests:
Dr. Pokhrel’s research focuses on environmental and occupational health related to household energy generation and uses in developing countries.


Lee Riley, M.D.

Course: Infectious Diseases | PH W260

Dr. Riley is Professor and Chair, Division of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology at the University of California, Berkeley. He directs UC Berkeley’s Global Health Equity Scholars program of the Fogarty International Center. He is a physician who teaches and conducts research on infectious diseases and public health. Dr. Riley has decades of experience as a researcher in Brazil, India, Eastern Europe, and Japan. Additionally, he is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Infectious Diseases Society of America, and American Academy of Microbiology, and he serves on the editorial board of the journal Pathogens and Disease. Early in his career, Dr. Riley served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at CDC.

Research Interests:
Dr. Riley’s research interests include molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases and bacterial pathogenesis with particular emphasis on tuberculosis, enteric diseases, and drug-resistant Gram-negative bacterial infections, as well as field epidemiology and global health, with a focus on informal urban settlements.


Art Reingold, M.D.

Course: Outbreak Investigation | PH W253

Dr. Reingold is the Associate Faculty Director of the Center for Global Health. He is also Professor of Epidemiology and Associate Dean for Research at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Reingold has conducted epidemiologic research on a variety of infectious diseases in the United States and in developing countries. He currently has two Fogarty AIDS training grants in Uganda and Zimbabwe, and is also Principal Investigator at UC Berkeley for a 25 year old AIDS International Training and Research Program, which has provided multi-disciplinary training and support for epidemiologic and behavioral studies related to AIDS, HIV transmission, and treatment in HIV-infected persons focusing on Brazil, Peru, Thailand, India, Cambodia, Vietnam, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Ivory Coast. Reingold is a member the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Science and serves on the World Health Organization’s Scientific Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE), a committee that advises on all key vaccine-related matters.

Research Interests:
Dr. Reingold’s research expertise includes the interrelationship between tuberculosis and AIDS in developing countries, opportunistic infections in AIDS patients, and emerging and re-emerging infections and vaccine preventable diseases.


Hector Rodriguez, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Course: Health Care Organizations and Management | PH W224

Dr. Rodriguez is the Henry J. Kaiser Endowed Chair in Organized Health Systems, Professor of Health Policy and Management, co-Director of the Center for Healthcare Organizational and Innovation Research (CHOIR), and Chair of the Faculty Group in Health Policy at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. His expertise is in organizational analysis and performance measurement in health care delivery and local public health systems. He has published extensively on the measurement of patient care experiences and the impact of delivery system interventions on patient outcomes, including the impact of performance-based financial incentives on primary care quality. Dr. Rodriguez is a board member of the Davita Healthcare Partners Institute for Applied Research and Education, the Academy Health Article-of-the-Year selection committee, and is a technical advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for their research portfolio focused on systems and services research.

Research Interests:
Dr. Rodriguez’ current mixed methods research examines the implementation and impacts of patient-centered medical home model and team-based approaches to care delivery in the VA Healthcare System, community health centers, and private physician organizations and health care systems.


Jylana Sheats, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Course: Social and Behavioral Health Research: Introduction to Survey Methods | PH W219

Dr. Sheats is a behavioral and public health researcher, educator, consultant, and community health advocate. Utilizing a range of mixed methods, her efforts aim to create health-supporting environments through the use of technology as well as the application of community-engaged/participatory research strategies. In addition to research, Dr. Sheats has a passion for teaching, mentoring and exposing students to various aspects of public health practice and research—which has led to her develop and teach a range of public health and health administration courses for both traditional brick and mortar and online-based institutions for six years. Dr. Sheats has an M.P.H. in Nutrition from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Ph.D. Health Behavior, Public Affairs Indiana University-Bloomington, and completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention.

Research Interests:
Dr. Sheats’ research focuses on examining psychosocial, behavioral, environmental (built, food), and social determinants of health behaviors to inform the development and testing of novel behavior change interventions.


John Swartzberg, M.D., FACP

Course: Infectious Diseases | PH W260

Dr. Swartzberg is a clinical professor, emeritus at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. He is the Chair of the Editorial Board of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter and past director of the UC Berkeley – UCSF Joint Medical Program. Board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases, he spent 26 years in clinical practice before joining UC Berkeley’s faculty in 2001. He is also the hospital epidemiologist and Chair of the Infection Control Committee at Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley.

Evan vanDommelen-Gonzalez, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.

Course: Health and Social Behavior | PH W200G

Dr. vanDommelen-Gonzalez has worked as part of a bilingual (Spanish/English), mixed-methods, participatory research program spanning the last ten years with community agencies, health clinics, schools, and gang-affiliated and immigrant youth in San Francisco. She received her Dr.P.H. from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and her M.P.H. from Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. She lives in San Francisco’s Mission District with her husband and two daughters.

Research Interests:
Dr. vanDommelen-Gonzalez’ research interests center on the relationship between the social environment (social networks, neighborhood factors) and adolescent health to inform strengths-based intervention.



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