Faculty

Our expert faculty bring a wealth of experience to the classroom, whether online or in-person, and are passionate about teaching, mentoring and making a difference in public health.

Wendy Baesler

Wendy Baesler is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Services and an independent consultant. She has an M.A. in accounting from Brigham Young University.

wbaesler@uw.edu


Stephen Bezruchka

Stephen Bezruchka is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services and the Department of Global Health. He worked in clinical medicine for 35 years, including more than a decade in Nepal, where he set up a hospital for training generalist doctors and worked to improve surgical services. Bezruchka is passionate about improving the health of populations, and he founded the Population Health Forum to promote dialogue about how political, economic and social inequalities interact to affect the overall health status of society. He was awarded the School of Public Health's Outstanding Teaching Award in 2002 and its Faculty Community Service Award in 2008. Bezruchka earned an MPH from John Hopkins University and an M.D. from Stanford University.

sabez@uw.edu | 206-616-2901

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Tania Busch Isaksen

Tania Busch Isaksen is a lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Health Services. In addition to her lecturer responsibilities, Tania maintains an active, practice-based research portfolio focused on measuring public health outcomes associated with extreme heat, climate change risk communication methods, and public health adaptation planning and response. Tania has over 24 years of environmental public health experience working in local public, private and academic settings. She earned her PhD from the UW in Environmental and Occupational Hygiene, her MPH from the University of Washington’s eMPH Program, her BS in Environmental Health from Colorado State University, and is a long-time Registered Environmental Health Specialist.

tania@uw.edu | 206-685-4919

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Nancy Campbell

Nancy Campbell is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Global Health where she teaches leadership development. In her leadership and management consulting practice in the last fifteen years she has provided executive coaching, team facilitation and organizational development services to non-governmental and public sector agencies in the United States and countries across the globe. She is certified in a variety of individual and group self and multi-rater assessment tools. She received her MA from State University of New York at Albany.

nancy@nmcampbell.com | 253-503-0684


David Cox

David Cox is a clinical instructor in the Department of Health Services and the editor in chief of the Internet Journal of Toxicology. He has a Ph.D. in toxicology from the University of Montana.

xdcox@uw.edu | 206-327-0624


Donna Denno

Donna Denno, the co-director of the Online Executive MPH program, is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics, joint professor in the Department of Global Health and adjunct professor in the Department of Health Services. She also works as an attending pediatrician at the NeighborCare Health at Meridian Clinic in Seattle. Her research interests include childhood infectious diseases, child and adolescent health in developing countries, and health care delivery strategies. She has an MPH from the University of Washington and a M.D. from the University of Michigan.

ddenno@uw.edu | 206-685-0391

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Amanda Fretts

Amanda Fretts is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology. Her research interests include nutrition, physical activity, type 2 diabetes and American Indian health. Since 2006 she has been actively involved in the Strong Heart Study, a longitudinal study of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors in 13 American Indian communities in Arizona, Oklahoma, North Dakota and South Dakota. She has an MPH and a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington.

amfretts@uw.edu | 206-543-9236

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Sarah Gimbel

Sarah Gimbel is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Child Nursing, an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Global Health and director of the School of Nursing’s Center for Global Health Nursing. An established dissemination researcher, Gimbel has extensive experience leading complex, multi-country HIV-related implementation research in east and southern Africa. She specializes in the development and testing of interventions that strengthen health systems to improve the reach and quality of HIV prevention, care and treatment services. Gimbel is currently leading a National Institutes of Health-supported project to develop and test the feasibility and acceptability of the tablet-based HIV training modality for nurses in Mozambique, as well as an innovative project to adapt the systems analysis and improvement approach (SAIA) intervention for use in mobile-based health applications in Kenya and Mozambique. Previously, she designed and managed the implementation of the SAIA to optimize the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (pMTCT) of HIV in Kenya, Mozambique and Côte d’Ivoire. Gimbel earned her BSN, MPH and PhD from the University of Washington.

sgimbel@uw.edu | 206-616-5064

 

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Hilary Karasz

Hilary Karasz, an affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Health Services, is a public information officer and education consultant at Public Health – Seattle & King County. She has a Ph.D. in communications from the University of Washington.

hilary.karasz@kingcounty.gov | 206-263-8705

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Aaron Katz

Aaron Katz is a principal lecturer in the Department of Health Services and adjunct principal lecturer in the Department of Global Health. He teaches several health policy courses in both departments. He is also the faculty lead for the Health Services MPH concentration in Health Systems and Policy. Aaron was director of the UW Health Policy Analysis Program from 1988 through 2003. His current research interests focus on strengthening public health systems in developing countries through enhancing policy research, development, and advocacy capacity and leadership training and development, in addition to long-standing research on changes in the safety net system and health care markets in the United States. Aaron received the Health Reform Leadership Award at the 2011 State of Reform Washington conference, the American Public Health Association's Award for Excellence in 2006, and the School of Public Health's Outstanding Teaching Award in 2004. He received his CPH from the University of Toronto in Canada.

garlyk@uw.edu | 206-616-5227


Branko Kopjar

Branko Kopjar, the director of the Online Executive MPH program, is an associate professor in the Department of Health Services. He is also director of the Clinical Research Center (International Division) at Chongqing University in China. Kopjar’s research and academic focus is on evidence-based health policy, clinical epidemiology and health outcomes. He has authored or co-authored more than 400 scientific publications. Kopjar has an M.S in biostatistics and an M.D. from the University of Zagreb in Croatia and a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Oslo in Norway.

brankok@uw.edu | 206-221-3349

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Gita Krishnaswamy

Gita Krishnaswamy is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services, teaching courses on population health and quantitative methods. She is also the capstone director for the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice MPH program. Gita's research and practice interests include the interrelatedness of education and health, school-based health policy and health equity. Gita received her MPH from the University of Washington and MEd from DePaul University.

krishna2@uw.edu

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Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett

Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett, the associate director of the Online Executive MPH program, is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services at the UW School of Public Health. From 2013 to 2015, Kwan-Gett served as director of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. Before that, he worked for seven years as a communicable disease epidemiologist at Public Health – Seattle & King County and for eight years as a primary care pediatrician for Virginia Mason. His past experience also includes volunteer medical work abroad with refugees and migrant workers on the Thai-Burma border and at home with underserved populations. His research interests include communicable diseases and public health systems and services.

kwangett@uw.edu | 206-221-3349


Patricia Lichiello

Patricia Lichiello is an affiliate instructor in the Department of Health Services and the director of the Health Policy Center. She has an M.A. in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.

lichiell@uw.edu | 206-616-1064

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Lloyd Mancl

Lloyd Mancl is a research associate professor in the Department of Oral Health Sciences and an adjunct research associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics. His research interests include statistical methods for correlated and longitudinal data; generalized estimating equations and random effects modeling; and periodontal disease and TMD. Mancl has a Ph.D. in biostatistics from the University of Washington.

llman@uw.edu | 206-616-5315

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David Masuda

David Masuda is a lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education and an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Health Services. In addition to teaching in the Executive MPH program, he serves as the practicum adviser. His academic interests include applied pedagogy, educational technologies and distance learning. He earned his M.D. at the University of North Dakota.

dmasuda@uw.edu | Phone: 206-616-4991

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Ian Painter

Ian Painter is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Services and a biostatistician at the Foundation for Health Care Quality. He is the thesis and capstone adviser for the Executive MPH program. His research interests include disease surveillance, public health informatics, statistical computing, statistical graphics, clinical trials and statistical genetics. Painter has a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Washington.

ipainter@uw.edu | 206-245-0227

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Martha Pilcher

Martha Pilcher is an adjunct senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services. Her research interests are operations management; quality control and management; transportation and logistics; and mathematical programming models. Pilcher has a Ph.D. in operations research from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

mpilcher@uw.edu | 206-543-8742

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Debra Revere

Debra Revere is a research scientist and clinical instructor in the Department of Health Services. She came to UW in 1999 as a National Library of Medicine Fellow in the Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems Program and has since led and participated in a number of UW biomedical, clinical, and public health informatics projects. Her research interests center on understanding the information and communication needs of public health and its numerous stakeholders and improving the quality of health information exchanges between these stakeholders. Her expertise includes information needs and access assessment, systematic literature review, qualitative and mixed methods, and design and assessment of health information systems and knowledge management processes to support evidence-based decision making. She has an MLIS from the University of Washington and an MA from Antioch University in Seattle.

drevere@uw.edu | 206-616-2728


Nicole Sadow-Hasenberg

Nicole Sadow-Hasenberg is a health communications professional with extensive experience developing and implementing public health communications and education initiatives on a variety of health topics. From 2005 to 2014 she was part of the communications team at Public Health – Seattle & King County, where she worked as an educator consultant, public information officer and communications strategic planner on two large federal grants tackling tobacco use and obesity prevention. Sadow-Hasenberg frequently coaches public health professionals in writing. She has an MPH from the UW School of Public Health.

nicole.hasenberg@gmail.com


Kenneth Sherr

Kenneth Sherr is an associate professor in the Department of Global Health and director of Implementation Science and Mozambique Programs at Health Alliance International. He is also an adjunct associate professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Industrial & Systems Engineering. Over the past 20 years he has worked primarily in the public and NGO sectors in Mozambique, Uganda and Bolivia. His research interests focus on identifying and testing practical solutions to support service integration into the Primary Health Care framework as a means of improving health system efficiency, coverage and quality. Particular areas of emphasis include improving data-driven decision making, expanding human resources for health and identifying effective approaches to foreign assistance. Sherr received his Ph.D. in Epidemiology and MPH in International Health/Health Services from the University of Washington. He also holds a B.A. in anthropology and sociology from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

ksherr@uw.edu | 206-543-8382

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Lisa Skow

Lisa Skow is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Services. She earned her Ph.D. in communication education and instructional communication at the University of Washington.

lskow@uw.edu | 253-737-9826

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Clarence Spigner

Clarence Spigner is a professor in the Department of Health Services and the director of the MPH and MS programs in Health Services. Spigner's teaching and research interests focus on the health of disadvantaged populations, race and ethnic relations, and the intersections of popular culture's influence on health. His primary and critical focus is in community-based research and the inherent contradictions of race, gender and structural inequalities within institutions of health and medicine. He has published research on topics including tobacco-related behavior, organ donation and transplantation, stress and coping strategies and intra-ethnic tensions. He has an MPH and a DrPh in behavioral science at the University of California, Berkeley.

cspigner@uw.edu | 206-616-2948

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Chuck Treser

Chuck Treser is a senior lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. His teaching and research focus on how the principles and concepts of environmental health are applied in the field, particularly in local, state, tribal and federal environmental health agencies. Treser earned his MPH in environmental health at the University of Michigan.

ctreser@uw.edu | 206-543-9616

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Noel Weiss

Noel Weiss is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and a researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He was chairman of the Department of Epidemiology from 1984 to 1993. Weiss’ research is primarily in the area of cancer epidemiology. He earned a DrPH in epidemiology at Harvard University and an M.D. at Stanford University.

nweiss@uw.edu | 206-685-1788

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