College of Health Sciences

About Public Health

Vision: All people will have a fair and just opportunity to be the healthiest they can be.

Mission: Advancing the health of all, locally and around the world through research, service, advocacy, and the development of public health leaders.


Multidisciplinary Learning Community Critical Thinking Engaging with Diverse Communities Integrity Service-minded Professional
At the heart of a liberal arts education lies a commitment to intellectual freedom and respect for varying points of view and disciplines.  Critical thinking allows one to move beyond content and towards effective application of knowledge.

Throughout the coursework and during their thesis work, the programs create opportunities for students to think critically about existing knowledge in the field, assess areas where more remains to be be known, and envision how this knowledge can be applied in the future.

Social justice and respect for diverse perspectives is the basis of effective and sustainable public health work.

Throughout the coursework, in the practical experience, and through service work and trips, the programs challenge students to embrace social justice and engage with diverse communities locally, nationally and globally.

Integrity of our work is essential to its value.

Instilling integrity in academic work, and into the leadership development of students is a commitment of the Department faculty. Students are challenged with opportunities for ethical decision-making both in the classroom and when working with diverse communities and organizations regionally and globally.

Use our knowledge, resources, and skills to serve communities

The Department, including students, faculty, and staff, should focus their work on the people they serve, instilling a desire to understand the needs of the community members they engage with during the Program and after, and to address those needs.

Public Health Faculty

Katherine "Katie" Isselmann DiSantis PhD, MPH

Associate Professor

Margaret "Maggie" L. Longacre PhD

Assistant Professor

Comfort Z. Olorunsaiye

Assistant Professor

Heather F. McClintock

Assistant Professor

Dejenaba N. Gordon

Assistant Professor / Internship Coordinator

Adjunct Faculty

  • Brandon Becker, M.P.H., Epidemiology, Biostatistics
  • Zeinab Mohamad Baba, M.P.H., Epidemiology
  • Natasha Patterson, M.P.H., Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Kourtney Pulliam, M.P.H.
  • Sarah McCool, M.P.H.
  • Susan VillariM.P.H. Community Health, Intro to Public Health
  • Lindsay McGann, M.P.H.
  • Gregory Benjamin, M.P.H.
  • Lidyvez Sawyer, M.P.H.
  • Arteid Memaj, M.S. , Applied Statistics