Chronic Diseases

These faculty focus on heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes...


Jean Abraham, PhD
Professor and Interim Division Head

Division of Health Policy and Management

Private health insurance, including employer-based coverage and the individual market; Impact of the Affordable Care Act; employer wellness programs; digital health for chronic disease management

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Mary Butler, PhD, MBA
Associate Professor

Division of Health Policy and Management

Health services research, evidence-based practice, health behaviors in alternative health

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Dana Carroll, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor

Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Epidemiological research methods; health disparities; tobacco prevention and control; tobacco regulatory science; biomarkers of tobacco use and cancer risk; community cancer prevention and control

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Ellen Demerath, PhD
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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Ryan Demmer, PhD
Associate Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

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Lynn Eberly, PhD
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

School of Public Health

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

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Linda Bane Frizzell, PhD
Associate Professor

Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Dr. Frizzell has been honored to be a tribal technical advisor for health care and services policy for over 29 years. She has extensive experience in working with countless tribes across the nation to enhance their infrastructures and assist in their quest for self-determination. She was chosen to be in the first class of Rural Health Fellows, a program initiated by the Office of Rural Health Policy and served as technical adviser and writer for the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (P.L. 94-437 as amended).

She currently serves on the national Office of Minority Heath’s Advisory Committee, Governing Board of the Minneapolis Indian Health Board; Global Health Faculty Associate; and an Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota.

She developed six classes in American Indian Health and Wellness; and an American Indian Graduate Minor and a Regents Certificate for American Indian Public Health and Wellness. She also teaches and provides presentations on tribal public health and wellness.

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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
Vernon E. Weckwerth Professor in Healthcare Administration Leadership

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
Professor

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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Shalini Kulasingam, PhD, MPH
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
Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

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

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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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Pamela Lutsey, PhD, MPH
Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Aging, chronic diseases, equity, cardiovascular disease, sleep, pharamcoepidemiology, dementia

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Thomas Murray, PhD
Assistant Professor and Medtronic Faculty Fellow

Division of Biostatistics

Bayesian modeling, Clinical trial design, Dynamic treatment regimes, Evidence synthesis, Time-to-event analysis, Competing risks, Pairwise comparison

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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
Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Cancer, genetics, epigenetics, environment, immunity

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Hannah Neprash, PhD
Assistant Professor

Division of Health Policy and Management

Health economics, health policy, quasi-experimental methods, public insurance programs, physician behavior, payment and delivery system reform

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Ruby Nguyen, PhD
Associate Professor and Morse-Alumni Distinguished University Teaching Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Epidemiology; Women's Health; Chronic Conditions; Environmental Exposures; Undergraduate Public Health Education

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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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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
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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Nancy Sherwood, PhD
Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Obesity prevention and treatment, maternal and child health, food & nutrition, chronic diseases, intervention design

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Nathan Shippee, PhD
Associate 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
Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Mayo Professor in Public Health

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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David Vock, PhD
Associate 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 Dean of Education and Student Engagement

School of Public Health

Chronic diseases, environment & exposures, cancer, toxicity 

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Julian Wolfson, PhD
Associate 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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