2022 Public Health Institute Faculty

This a list of 2022 Public Health Institute Faculty members. 2023 faculty will be updated soon.

Elizabeth Alvarez, DVM, DABVP, Clinical Assistant Professor-Primary Care, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Tanya K. Bailey, PhD, LICSW, Animal-Assisted Interactions Coordinator, PAWS Program, Boynton Health, University of Minnesota

Anne Barry, JD, MPH, Public Health Director, Ramsey County, MN; Deputy Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Services; Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

Shaylene Baumbach, MPH, Public Health Educator, Olmsted County, Rochester, MN

Leah Bauck, MPH, Zoonotic Diseases Epidemiologist, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, MN

Jeffery Bender, DVM, MS, DACVPM, Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Director, USAID One Health Workforce Project; Director, Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH); Adjunct Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota

Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH, LMFT, CFLE, Director, Center for Women in Medicine and Sciences, University of Minnesota; Director, Women’s Health Research Program, University of Minnesota; Director, Healthy Eating and Activity across the Lifespan (HEAL) Center, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota; Vice Chair of Research, Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota

Lauren Bernstein, MVB, MPH, DACVPM, Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota

Maria Bye, MPH, Zoonotic Diseases Epidemiologist, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, MN

Kate Carlson, MS, Spatial Technology Consultant, U-Spatial, Research Computing, University of Minnesota

Buddy Ferguson, RIsk Communications Consultant, St. Paul, MN

Jenna Gibbs, MPH, PhD, Director of Operations, Ag Health & Safety Alliance, Iowa City, IA

Sarah Gollust, PhD, Associate Professor; Senior Advisor, RWJF Interdisciplinary Research Leaders, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

Craig W. Hedberg, PhD, Co-Director, Minnesota Integrated Food and Safety Center of Excellence, University of Minnesota; Interim Division Head, Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

Malia Ireland, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, MN

Carrie Klumb, MPH, Zoonotic Diseases Epidemiologist, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, MN

Lindsey Knox, DVM, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota

Genelle Lamont, PhD, MPH, Oral Health Surveillance Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, MN

Lillian McDonald, MA, Managing Director, Twin Cities PBS, St. Paul, MN

Stephanie Meyer, MPH, Epidemiology and Data Unit Supervisor, Covid-19 Section, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control Division, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, MN

Benjamin Miller, PhD, MPH, RS, Senior Director, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, The Acheson Group, Minneapolis, MN

Ruby H.N. Nguyen, PhD, MHS, Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

Gilbert Patterson, VMD, MPH, DACVPM, Chief Medical Officer, Food Animal Services, VetNOW – Virtual Care Solutions for Veterinary Practices, Canonsburg, PA

Katey Pelican, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota

Cheryl Petersen-Kroeber, Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, MN

Shailey Prasad, MBBS, MPH, Professor, Vice-Chair for Education, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Executive Director, Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, School of Medicine, University of Minnesota

Courtney Sarkin, MBE, Ph.D. Student, Division of Health Policy & Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Joni Scheftel, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, State Public Health Veterinarian, Supervisor, Zoonotic Disease Section, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, Minnesota

Elizabeth Schiffman, MPH, MA, Supervisor Vectorborne Diseases Unit, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, MN

Carolyn Sheridan, RN, BSN, Executive Director, Founder of Ag Health and Safety Alliance

Marta Shore, MS, Lecturer, Division of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

Kirk Smith, DVM, MS, PhD, Director, Minnesota Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence, University of Minnesota; Manager, Foodborne, Waterborne, Vectorborne and Zoonotic Disease Section, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, Minnesota; Adjunct Faculty, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

William A. Toscano Jr., PhD, MS, Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

Jamie Umber, DVM, MPH, Senior Veterinary Epidemiologist, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), University of Minnesota

Whitney Waldsmith, DVM, DACVPM, Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota

Katherine Waters, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, CPH, Executive Vice President, American Association of Food Safety and Public Health Veterinarians; Adjunct Asst. Professor Public Health Practice, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

Scott Wells, DVM, PhD, DACVPM, Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota; Adjunct Professor, Division of Environmental Health Services, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

Peter Wiringa, MGIS, Computing Geospatial Analyst, U-Spatial, University of Minnesota

Julian Wolfson, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

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