Meet the Faculty

The UC Berkeley School of Public Health is highly regarded for the quality of its faculty and has a reputation for excellence in education, research, and community engagement. The School’s faculty consists of more than 150 investigators and are often noted as among the leading scholars in their respective fields. Some of the distinctions held by faculty include Institute of Medicine Memberships, American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellowships, Fulbright Fellowships, and National Academy of Sciences Memberships. For more than 75 years, Berkeley School of Public Health has been one of the nation’s leading institutions in public health education and research. The School has a distinguished legacy of existence on the Berkeley campus with a unique position for leading change. Here are a few of the faculty you will be interacting with during your journey as an Online MPH student:

Joan Casey

Course: Intro to GIS for Public Health

Research Interests: Dr. Casey’s research focuses on using electronic health records and spatial statistics to study the relationship between emerging environmental exposures and population health. Her interest in range of exposures includes unconventional natural gas and oil development, environmental noise pollution, and concentrated animal feeding operations.

Caricia Catalani

Course: Mass Communication in Public 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.

Jade Benjamin Chung

Course: Epidemiologic Methods

Research Interests: Chung’s research focuses on applying cutting edge epidemiologic and biostatistical methods to evaluate infectious disease interventions. She has led studies of water, sanitation and hygiene interventions, soil-transmitted helminths, influenza vaccines, spillover effects, and indicators of recreational water quality.

Jack Colford

Course: Epidemiologic Methods

Research Interests: Colford has served as the Principal Investigator for numerous randomized controlled trials and observational studies evaluating the impact of water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions in India, Bolivia, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Kenya, Mexico, and the United States. His research has been supported by the NIH, CDC, EPA, and the Gates Foundation.

Mara Decker

Course: Evaluation Of Health & Social Programs

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

William Dow

Course: Economics Of Population Health

Research Interests: Dow’s research analyzes economic aspects of health insurance, health behaviors, and health and demographic outcomes.  Dow has worked with both Democratic and Republican groups on health sector reform proposals at the federal, state and local levels.

Neelam Feachem

Course: Comparative Health Systems

Research Interests: Her research and teaching focus on health systems and financing policy


Robin Flagg

Course: Health Policy And Management

Research Interests: Dr. Flagg’s research interests include state policymaking, health care politics, and senior health care services

Hildy Fong

Course: Foundations Of Global Health

Research Interests: Fong’s doctoral research was on the policy implications of migration for the immunization of children in Southern China. She has research interests in child health equity and migration.

Brent Fulton

Course: Health Economics

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.

Jay Graham

Course: Intro To Environmental Health Science

Research Interests: Graham’s research applies epidemiologic and next-generation DNA sequencing to refine our understanding of the spatial and temporal transmission of zoonotic enteropathogens among children. He has worked in a variety of countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa, including a long-term position on the US-México border where he conducted research on the primary prevention of diarrheal diseases and pneumonia within informal settlements of Ciudad Juárez, MX.

Jodi Halpern 

Course: Interdisciplinary Seminar

Research Interests: Halperin works on emotions and the imagination, with a longstanding focus on empathy. She is the author of “From Detached Concern to Empathy: Humanizing Medical Practice.”

Joe Houska

Course: Strategic Management In Health

Public Health Interests: Dr. Houska’s 34-year career in the health sector has focused on market research, financial forecasting, organizational design, strategic planning, and performance improvement.

Cindy Leung

Course: Maternal And Child Nutrition

Research Interests: Dr. Leung is a nutrition epidemiologist whose research focuses on diet and health disparities in vulnerable populations. Using qualitative and quantitative research methods, her research focuses on three primary areas: 1) understanding stress as a novel mechanism underlying food insecurity and children’s risk of obesity, 2) evaluating the impact of participating in federal food programs on dietary behaviors and chronic disease risk, and 3) assessing stakeholder-supported strategies for improving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In a separate line of inquiry, she has conducted several studies on diet and cellular aging.

Alemayehu Mideska

Course: Intro To Gis For Public Health

Research Interests: Dr. Mideska’s doctoral research examined the spatial and temporal drivers of malaria in the highlands of East Africa using satellite observations, for which he was a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow. His broader research interests include the application of earth observation satellite data to quantify and monitor the distribution of vector-borne diseases.

Kimberly MacPherson

Course: Healthcare Finance

Research Interests: Kimberly MacPherson brings over 20 years of health industry experience spanning leadership roles in operations, management consulting and strategic/business planning and product development.  She is a frequent speaker and moderator at conferences and organization-sponsored meetings/events. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Francis Memorial Hospital and on the Dignity Health System Board Strategic Planning Committee in San Francisco.

Veronica Miller

Course: Regulatory Science

Research Interests: Research & Experience: Dr. Miller is Professor (Adjunct) at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. She joined the Forum for Collaborative Research in 2001 after having directed the interdisciplinary HIV Research Group at the HIV Outpatient Clinic of the JW Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications on HIV treatment strategies and regulatory strategies for HIV and HCV.

Amod Pokhrel

Course: Intro To Environmental Health Sciences

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

Art Reingold

Courses: Outbreak Investigation and Foundations of Global Health

Research Interests: Reingold’s current research interests include prevention of transmission of HIV in developing countries, the intersection of the HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis epidemics, malaria in Uganda, emerging and re-emerging infections in the US and globally, sexual transmission of hepatitis C virus, vaccine-preventable diseases, and respiratory infections in childhood.

Lee Riley

Course: Infectious Diseases

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.

Hector Rodriguez

Course: Health Organizations & Management

Research Interests: Dr. Rodriguez’s 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.

George Rutherford

Course: Foundations Of Global Health

Research Interests: Rutherford’s research interests are the epidemiology and prevention of infectious and tropical diseases of public health importance, both internationally and domestically, with a primary focus on HIV and AIDS. His work is funded primarily by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. He also has smaller projects dealing with the epidemiology of tuberculosis in California, the prevention of childhood injury, immunizations and bioterrorism.

Jylana Sheats

Course: Intro To Survey Methods

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.

Charlotte Smith

Course: Gis For Public Health Practice

Research Interests: Dr. Smith’s primary research interests are the microbial ecology and control of waterborne pathogens, access to safe water as a human right, and use of StoryMaps for public information and public policy.

Hugh Sturrock

Course: Applied Spatial Data For Public Health

Research Interests: Dr. Sturrock is working on estimating the effect of indoor residual spraying on maternal mortality, low-birthweight and perinatal mortality among HIV-infected pregnant women living in the HAART era.

Evan vanDommelen-Gonzalez

Course: Health And Social Behavior

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