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:

William Dow, PhD

PHW226C Economics of Population Health and PHW226F: Cost Effectiveness Analysis

Dr. 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.

Joe Houska, PhD, MA

PHW223 Strategic Management in Health Care

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

Robin Flagg, PhD, MPH

PHW200E Health Policy and Management and PHW220 Advanced Health Policy

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

Kimberly MacPherson, MPH, MBA

PHW227A Healthcare Finance

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.

Brent Fulton, PhD, MBA

PHW226A Health Economics and PHW226F Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Dr. 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.

Hector Rodriguez, PhD, MPH

PHW224 Organizational Behavior and Management in Health Care

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.

Jade Benjamin-Chung, MPH, PhD

PHW250 Epidemiologic Methods; PHW250F and G Epidemiologic Methods 2, Part 1 and 2 

Dr. 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.

Eric Gebbie, DrPH, MIA, MA

PHW257 Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response

Dr. Gebbie is the Planning Section Chief at the Oregon Health Authority's Health Security, Preparedness and Response Public Health Division.

Jack Colford, MD, PhD, MPH

PHW250 Epidemiologic Methods; PHW250F and G Epidemiologic Methods 2, Part 1 and 2

Dr. 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.

Maureen Lahiff, PhD

PHW142 Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Dr. Lahiff research focuses on multivariate methods, time series and longitudinal data, acculturation and health 

Wayne Enanoria, PhD

PHW253 Outbreak Investigations

Dr. Enanoria is Director of the Applied Research, Community Health Epidemiology, and Surveillance (ARCHES) Branch in the Population Health Division of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. In addition, he is a lecturer in the Division of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health.  He has worked as an epidemiologist and analyst in local and state health departments, including outbreak investigation, communicable disease control and prevention, public health preparedness and emergency response. 

Art Reingold, MD

PHW253 Outbreak Investigations

Dr. 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.

Joan Casey, PhD, MA

PHW272A Intro to GIS for Public Health

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.

Amod Pokhrel, PhD, MS

PHW200F Introduction to Environmental Health Science

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

Jay Graham, PhD, MPH, MBA

PHW200F Introduction to Environmental Health Science

Dr. 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.

Charlotte Smith, PhD

PHW272B GIS for Public Health Practice

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.

Alemayehu Mideska, PhD

PHW272C Applied Spatial Data for Public Health

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.

Hugh Sturrock, PhD

PHW272C Applied Spatial Data for Public Health

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.

Veronica Miller, PhD

PHW236A Regulatory Science, Drug Development and Public Health

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.

John Swartzberg, MD

PHW260 Infectious Diseases

Dr Swartzberg's has long-term experience as a clinician caring for patients with infectious disease.  His research interests include healthcare associated infections, infectious diseases as well as journalism and Public Health.  

Lee Riley, MD

PHW260 Infectious Diseases

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.

Madhavi Dandu, MD, MPH

PHW213 Global Health Ethics

Dr. Dandu is an Associate Professor of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature and medical degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She completed her residency training in the Categorical Medicine Program at UCSF in 2003. Afterwards, Dr. Dandu attended the University of California, Berkeley and received a Masters in Public Health with a focus on international health and health and human rights.

Rohini Haar, MD, MPH

PHW213 Global Health Ethics

Dr. Haar is an emergency physician with expertise in health and human rights. Her work focuses on the protection of human rights in times of complex humanitarian crisis and conflict. She is particularly interested in the protection of health workers and health services. She is a research fellow at the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley's School of Law and works clinically at Kaiser Medical Center in Oakland, California.

Rebecca Deboer, MD, MA

PHW213 Global Health Ethics

Dr. Deboer is a fellow in Medical Oncology at UCSF pursuing a career in global oncology. Dr. DeBoer received her joint MD and MA in Medical Humanities and Bioethics from Northwestern University, and her master’s thesis was titled The Ethics of Global Cancer Care and Control. She completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago and a fellowship at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. During her medical training, she studied clinical research ethics in Mumbai, India and pursued clinical oncology rotations in Kampala, Uganda, and Nigeria.

Hildy Fong, PhD, MHS

PHW212 Foundations of Global Health

Dr. Fong’s research is on the policy implications of migration for the immunization of children in Southern China. She has research interests in child health equity and migration.

Neelam Feachem, MS

PHW209 Comparative Health Systems 

Ms. Feachem's research and teaching focus on health systems and financing policy globally

Art Reingold, MD

PHW212 Foundations of Global Health

Dr. 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.

Evan vanDommelen-Gonzalez, DrPH, MPH

PHW200G Health and Social Behavior

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.

Jodi Halpern, MD, PhD

PHW289 Interdisciplinary Seminar

Dr. Halperin's 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.”

Mara Decker, DrPH

PHW218 Evaluation of Health & Social Programs

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

Jylana Sheats, PhD, MPH

PHW219: Social and Behavioral Health Research: Introduction to Survey Methods

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.

Cindy Leung, ScD, MPH

PHW206 Maternal and Child Health Nutrition

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.

William Dow, PhD

PHW226C Economics of Population Health and PHW226F: Cost Effectiveness Analysis

Dr. 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.

Joe Houska, PhD, MA

PHW223 Strategic Management in Health Care

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

Robin Flagg, PhD, MPH

PHW200E Health Policy and Management and PHW220 Advanced Health Policy

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

Kimberly MacPherson, MPH, MBA

PHW227A Healthcare Finance

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.

Brent Fulton, PhD, MBA

PHW226A Health Economics and PHW226F Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Dr. 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.

Hector Rodriguez, PhD, MPH

PHW224 Organizational Behavior and Management in Health Care

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.

Jade Benjamin-Chung, MPH, PhD

PHW250 Epidemiologic Methods; PHW250F and G Epidemiologic Methods 2, Part 1 and 2 

Dr. 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.

Eric Gebbie, DrPH, MIA, MA

PHW257 Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response

Dr. Gebbie is the Planning Section Chief at the Oregon Health Authority's Health Security, Preparedness and Response Public Health Division.

Jack Colford, MD, PhD, MPH

PHW250 Epidemiologic Methods; PHW250F and G Epidemiologic Methods 2, Part 1 and 2

Dr. 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.

Maureen Lahiff, PhD

PHW142 Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Dr. Lahiff research focuses on multivariate methods, time series and longitudinal data, acculturation and health 

Wayne Enanoria, PhD

PHW253 Outbreak Investigations

Dr. Enanoria is Director of the Applied Research, Community Health Epidemiology, and Surveillance (ARCHES) Branch in the Population Health Division of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. In addition, he is a lecturer in the Division of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health.  He has worked as an epidemiologist and analyst in local and state health departments, including outbreak investigation, communicable disease control and prevention, public health preparedness and emergency response. 

Art Reingold, MD

PHW253 Outbreak Investigations

Dr. 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.

Joan Casey, PhD, MA

PHW272A Intro to GIS for Public Health

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.

Amod Pokhrel, PhD, MS

PHW200F Introduction to Environmental Health Science

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

Jay Graham, PhD, MPH, MBA

PHW200F Introduction to Environmental Health Science

Dr. 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.

Charlotte Smith, PhD

PHW272B GIS for Public Health Practice

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.

Alemayehu Mideska, PhD

PHW272C Applied Spatial Data for Public Health

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.

Hugh Sturrock, PhD

PHW272C Applied Spatial Data for Public Health

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.

Veronica Miller, PhD

PHW236A Regulatory Science, Drug Development and Public Health

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.

John Swartzberg, MD

PHW260 Infectious Diseases

Dr. Swartzberg's has long-term experience as a clinician caring for patients with infectious disease.  His research interests include healthcare-associated infections, infectious diseases as well as journalism and Public Health. 

Lee Riley, MD

PHW260 Infectious Diseases

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.

Madhavi Dandu, MD, MPH

PHW213 Global Health Ethics

Dr. Dandu is an Associate Professor of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature and medical degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She completed her residency training in the Categorical Medicine Program at UCSF in 2003. Afterwards, Dr. Dandu attended the University of California, Berkeley and received a Masters in Public Health with a focus on international health and health and human rights.

Rohini Haar, MD, MPH

PHW213 Global Health Ethics

Dr. Haar is an emergency physician with expertise in health and human rights. Her work focuses on the protection of human rights in times of complex humanitarian crisis and conflict. She is particularly interested in the protection of health workers and health services. She is a research fellow at the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley's School of Law and works clinically at Kaiser Medical Center in Oakland, California.

Rebecca Deboer, MD, MA

PHW213 Global Health Ethics

Dr. Deboer is a fellow in Medical Oncology at UCSF pursuing a career in global oncology. Dr. DeBoer received her joint MD and MA in Medical Humanities and Bioethics from Northwestern University, and her master’s thesis was titled The Ethics of Global Cancer Care and Control. She completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago and a fellowship at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. During her medical training, she studied clinical research ethics in Mumbai, India and pursued clinical oncology rotations in Kampala, Uganda, and Nigeria.

Hildy Fong, PhD, MHS

PHW212 Foundations of Global Health

Dr. Fong’s research is on the policy implications of migration for the immunization of children in Southern China. She has research interests in child health equity and migration.

Neelam Feachem, MS

PHW209 Comparative Health Systems 

Ms. Feachem's research and teaching focus on health systems and financing policy globally

Art Reingold, MD

PHW212 Foundations of Global Health

Dr. 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.

Evan vanDommelen-Gonzalez, DrPH, MPH

PHW200G Health and Social Behavior

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.

Jodi Halpern, MD, PhD

PHW289 Interdisciplinary Seminar

Dr. Halperin's 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.”

Mara Decker, DrPH

PHW218 Evaluation of Health & Social Programs

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

Jylana Sheats, PhD, MPH

PHW219: Social and Behavioral Health Research: Introduction to Survey Methods

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.

Cindy Leung, ScD, MPH

PHW206 Maternal and Child Health Nutrition

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.