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Jean Abraham, PhD
Professor and Wegmiller Professor of Healthcare Administration

Division of Health Policy and Management

Health economics, health policy, employer-based health insurance, employer wellness programs, insurance market competition, evaluation of the Affordable Care Act

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Bruce Alexander, PhD
Professor and Division Head

Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Occupational and environmental epidemiology environment and exposures, infectious disease, injuries, epidemiology, occupational health, One Health, global health, agricultural health

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Kristin Anderson, PhD, MPH
Professor & Associate Dean for Learning Systems & Student Affairs

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Cancer, aging, chronic diseases, environment & exposures, food & nutrition, molecular-epidemiology, biomarkers, heterocyclic amines, aspirin, prevention, etiology

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Mary Butler, PhD, MBA
Assistant Professor

Division of Health Policy and Management

Health services research, outcomes research, health behaviors in alternative health

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Benjamin Capistrant
Assistant Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Aging, chronic diseases, equity, methods, global health, cardiovascular disease, social epidemiology, caregiving, families, LGBT health, population health

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Jon Christianson, PhD
Professor and James A. Hamilton Chair in Health Management

Division of Health Policy and Management

Aging, chronic diseases, management & economics, competitive health care markers, health insurance, evidence based treatment processes in health care, employer strategies for purchasing health care, public reporting, financial incentives 

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Timothy Church, PhD
Professor

Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Screening, statistical and epidemiological methods, colorectal cancer, biomarkers, cardiac rhythm disease, chemo-prevention, Parkinson's disease, air quality, aging, chronic diseases, environment & exposures, food & nutrition, genetics, injuries, methods, and mother & children

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John Connett, PhD
Professor

Division of Biostatistics

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Ellen Demerath, PhD
Associate Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Chronic diseases, genetics, mother & children, obesity, genetic epidemiology, child health, breastfeeding, epigenetics, nutrition, child development

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Lynn Eberly, PhD
Professor

Division of Biostatistics

Aging, chronic diseases, equity, mental health, methods, medical imaging, neuroscience, neurology, endocrinology, psychiatry, statistics education, clinical trials, clinical research

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John Finnegan, PhD
Dean and Professor

School of Public Health

Media, communication, and community health promotion; social and behavioral interventions; social marketing 

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Aaron Folsom, MD, MPH
Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Chronic diseases, cardiovascular disease, preventive medicine

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Linda Bane Frizzell, PhD
Assistant Professor

School of Public Health

Health services administration, clinic management, rural & Indian health policy and legislation, public health, gerontology, cultural mindfulness, health and wellness education research, behavioral health, community assessment, evaluation, exercise physiology, health education, memory loss and older adults, physical rehabilitative therapy, service learning administration, senior corps administration, and therapeutic recreation. 

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Leslie Grant, PhD
Associate Professor

Division of Health Policy and Management

Aging, chronic diseases, innovation, telehealth, environmental design, organizational performance, leadership, culture change, dementia care, fall risk mitigation

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Weihua Guan, PhD
Associate Professor

Division of Biostatistics

Chronic diseases, genetics, methods, statistical genetics, genomics, genome-wide association, DNA methylation

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Peter Huckfeldt, PhD
Assistant Professor

Division of Health Policy and Management

Aging, chronic diseases, post-acute care, Medicare, health insurance, consumer directed health plans, diabetes, health economics, health care provider organization and payment

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David Jacobs, PhD
Mayo Professor of Public Health

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Aging, chronic disease, environment & exposures, equity, food & nutrition, genetics, infectious disease, injuries, methods, chronic disease epidemiology, biostatistics, nutrition, physical activity, smoking, biomarkers, subclinical disease

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Rosalie Kane, PhD
Professor

Division of Health Policy and Management

Aging, chronic diseases, disability, quality of life, quality of care, Alzheimer's disease, housing and health, transitions and continuity, qualitative research, long-term care (LTS) or long-term services and supports (LTSS) 

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Shalini Kulasingam, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Chronic diseases, infectious disease, management & economics, mother & children, cancer, screening, vaccination, HPV, decision modeling, sexually transmitted infections 

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Karen Kuntz, ScD
Professor

Division of Health Policy and Management

Chronic diseases, methods, decision analysis, simulation modeling, cost-effectiveness analysis, cancer screening

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Kamakshi Lakshminarayan, MBBS, PhD, MS
Associate Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Stroke, primary prevention, secondary prevention, chronic disease, mobile health technology

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Harry Lando, PhD
Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Tobacco, smoking cessation, tobacco control policy, global health

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DeAnn Lazovich, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Aging, chronic diseases, environment & exposures, cancer, prevention, epidemiology, screening, melanoma, UV protection, quality of life, cancer survivorship

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Chap Le, PhD
Distinguished Professor

Division of Biostatistics

Chronic diseases, environment & exposures, tobacco, smoking, cessation, health care policy, global health

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Russell Luepker, MD, MS
Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Aging, chronic diseases, cardiovascular disease, youth

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Pamela Lutsey, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Aging, chronic diseases, equity, food & nutrition, cardiovascular disease, sleep

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Jeffrey Mandel, MD, MPH
Associate Professor

Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Chronic diseases, environment & exposures, exposures, epidemiology, pulmonary, cancer, pneumoconiosis, occupational health

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Patricia McGovern, PhD, MPH
Professor

Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Physical, mental and social health outcomes, women and infants, occupational and environmental public health policy, community-based research, mixed methods research

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James D. Neaton, PhD
Professor

Division of Biostatistics

Chronic diseases, infectious disease, methods, international research, clinical trials, clinical research, HIV/AIDS

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Heather Hammon Nelson, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Cancer, genetics, epigenetics, environment, immunity

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Ruby Nguyen, PhD
Associate Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Chronic diseases, equity, mother & children, chronic pain, vulvodynia, development, disparities, stigma, biopsychosocial, environment, women

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Jim Pankow, PhD, MPH
Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Aging, chronic diseases, genetics, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, biomarkers, epigenetics 

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Mark Pereira, PhD, MPH
Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Chronic diseases, food & nutrition, genetics, exercise, nutrition, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, physical activity, epidemiology 

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Anna Prizment, PhD
Assistant Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Aging, chronic diseases, genetics, cancer, inflammation, immune response, gastrointestinal tract, microbiome, biomarkers, pancreas, risk factors

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Cavan Reilly, PhD
Professor

Division of Biostatistics

Chronic diseases, genetics, infectious disease, Bayesian analysis, high throughput assays, clinical trials, data management systems, HIV/AIDS, Ebola virus disease, COPD

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B.R. Simon Rosser, PhD, MPH
Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Aging, chronic diseases, infectious disease, mental health, HIV/AIDS prevention, sexual health, prostate cancer, LGBT health, sexual functioning, online interventions, e-public health

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Kyle Rudser, PhD
Associate Professor

Division of Biostatistics

Methods, clinical trials, survival analysis

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Pamela Schreiner, PhD
Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Chronic diseases, methods, cardiovascular disease, subclinical disease, cohort, observational studies, menopause, anthrozoology, brain

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Nathan Shippee, PhD
Assistant Professor

Division of Health Policy and Management

Patient complexity; chronic disease management; mental health; disparities and barriers to care; diabetes; depression; quality of care; practice-based studies/real-world evaluation; publicly insured and low-income (Medicare and Medicaid) populations

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Lyn Steffen, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Aging, nutrition epidemiology, cardiovascular disease epidemiology, diet assessment, diet patterns, nutrition in older adults, dietary intake and health, fatty acids & CVD.

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Irina Stepanov, PhD
Associate Professor

Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Aging, chronic diseases, environment & exposures, genetics, mother & children, tobacco, biomarkers, DNA adducts, analytical biochemistry, mass-spectrometry, cancer, inflammation, regulatory science

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Traci Toomey, PhD, MPH
Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Policy, alcohol, tobacco

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William Toscano, PhD
Professor

Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Chronic diseases, environment & exposures, equity, genetics, infectious disease, endocrine disruption, global health, epigenomics, social determinants of health, dioxins, human development, built environment, minority health

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Beth Virnig, PhD, MPH
Professor & Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs & Research

Division of Health Policy and Management

Aging, chronic disease, equity, management & economics, methods, medicare, cancer, health care outcomes, access to care

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David Vock, PhD
Assistant Professor

Division of Biostatistics

Chronic diseases, methods, causal inference, clinical trials, adaptive interventions, dynamic treatment regimes, semiparametric theory, machine learning, electronic health data, transplantation

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Elizabeth Wattenberg, PhD
Associate Professor

Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Chronic diseases, environment & exposures, cancer, toxicity 

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Susan Wei, PhD
Assistant Professor

Division of Biostatistics

Machine learning, uncertainty quantification, functional data analysis, reinforcement learning, personalized medicine

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Julian Wolfson, PhD
Assistant Professor

Division of Biostatistics

Chronic diseases, food & nutrition, infectious disease, methods, causal inference, machine learning, variable selection, risk prediction, HIV/AIDS

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