At the University of Michigan School of Public Health, more than 200 professors and research scientists teach tomorrow’s public health leaders and perform cutting-edge research that helps advance the field of public health. Many faculty members are leading experts in their fields who consult with governments, communities, and nongovernmental organizations.

Meet Our Faculty


Health Behavior and Health Education Faculty

Department Chair

Scott Roberts Scott Roberts, PhD
  • Interim Chair and Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Director, ELSI Research Training Program
  • Co-Director, Dual Degree Program in Public Health and Genetic Counseling

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Genetics, Health Communication, Mental Health, Precision Health

Department Associate Chair

Kristi Gamarel Kristi E Gamarel, PhD, EdM
  • Associate Chair and Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education

Areas of Expertise
Firearm Injury Prevention, Health Equity, Infectious Disease, LGBT Health, Mental Health, Racism, Substance Use

Minal Patel Minal R Patel, PhD, MPH
  • Associate Chair and Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education

Areas of Expertise
Cancer, Chronic Disease, Health Care, Health Communication, Health Equity

Core Faculty

K Rivet Amico K Rivet Amico, PhD
  • Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education

Areas of Expertise
Child Health, Global Public Health, Health Communication, Infectious Disease, LGBT Health, Maternal Health, Mental Health, Reproductive Health, Women’s Health

Linda Chatters Linda M. Chatters, PhD
  • Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Paula Allen-Meares Collegiate Professor of Social Work

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Health Equity, Racism

Cathleen Connell Cathleen M Connell, PhD, MS
  • Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Chronic Disease, Mental Health

Chris Coombe Chris Coombe, PhD, MPH
  • Associate Research Scientist, Health Behavior and Health Education
Paul Fleming Paul J Fleming, PhD, MPH
  • Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Faculty Lead, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Areas of Expertise
Health Equity, Health Policy, Public Health Practice, Racism

Kristi Gamarel Kristi E Gamarel, PhD, EdM
  • Associate Chair and Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education

Areas of Expertise
Firearm Injury Prevention, Health Equity, Infectious Disease, LGBT Health, Mental Health, Racism, Substance Use

Arline Geronimus Arline T Geronimus, ScD
  • Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education

Areas of Expertise
Chronic Disease, Health Equity, Maternal Health, Racism, Reproductive Health, Urban Health

Gary Harper Gary Harper, PhD, MPH
  • Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
jheinze2 Justin E Heinze, PhD
  • Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Associate Professor, Combined Program in Education and Psychology

Areas of Expertise
Firearm Injury Prevention, Mental Health, Substance Use

Barbara Israel Barbara Israel, DrPH
  • Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Director of the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center
Mary Janevic Mary Janevic, PhD, MPH
  • Research Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Chronic Disease, Health Equity

Elizabeth King Elizabeth J. King, PhD, MPH
  • Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Associate Professor of Global Public Health
  • Director of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

Areas of Expertise
COVID-19, Global Public Health, Health Equity, Health Policy, Reproductive Health, Substance Use, Women’s Health

William Lopez William D Lopez, PhD, MPH
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Senior Advisor, Poverty Solutions
  • Faculty Associate, Latina/o Studies Program

Areas of Expertise
Health Communication, Health Equity, Racism

Roshanak Mehdipanah Roshanak Mehdipanah, PhD, MS
  • Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Environmental Health, Health Equity, Racism, Urban Health

Alison Miller Alison L Miller, PhD
  • Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education

Areas of Expertise
Child Health, Maternal Health, Mental Health, Nutrition

Ritesh Mistry Ritesh Mistry, PhD
  • Associate Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Associate Professor of Global Public Health

Areas of Expertise
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Enrique Neblett Enrique Neblett, PhD
  • Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Associate Director, Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center

Areas of Expertise
Health Equity, Mental Health, Racism

Minal Patel Minal R Patel, PhD, MPH
  • Associate Chair and Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education

Areas of Expertise
Cancer, Chronic Disease, Health Care, Health Communication, Health Equity

John Piette John Piette, PhD, MPH
  • Professor, Health Behavior Health Education
  • Professor, Global Public Health
  • Director, UM Center for Managing Chronic Disease
  • VA Senior Career Scientist

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Chronic Disease, Global Public Health, Health Care, Health Communication, Health Informatics, Mental Health, Opioids, Precision Health

Ken Resnicow Ken Resnicow, PhD
  • Irwin Rosenstock Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • Professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine
  • Associate Director for Community Engagement and Health Disparities Research at the Unive
Scott Roberts Scott Roberts, PhD
  • Interim Chair and Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Director, ELSI Research Training Program
  • Co-Director, Dual Degree Program in Public Health and Genetic Counseling

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Genetics, Health Communication, Mental Health, Precision Health

Amy Schulz Amy J. Schulz, PhD, MPH, MSW
  • University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor
  • Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education

Areas of Expertise
Environmental Health, Health Equity, Racism

Victor Strecher Victor Strecher, PhD
  • Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
Emily Youatt Emily J Youatt, PhD, MPH
  • Assistant Dean, Student Engagement and Practice
  • Director, Undergraduate Education
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education

Areas of Expertise
LGBT Health

Brian ZikmundFisher Brian J. Zikmund-Fisher, PhD
  • Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Research Professor, Internal Medicine
  • Interim Co-Director, Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine

Areas of Expertise
Health Care, Health Communication

Marc Zimmerman Marc A Zimmerman, PhD, MS
  • Marshall H. Becker Collegiate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Professor, Psychology
  • Professor, Combined Program in Education and Psychology
  • Co-Director, Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention

Areas of Expertise
Child Health, Firearm Injury Prevention, Mental Health

Faculty with Joint Appointments

Barbara Brush Barbara L. Brush, PhD
  • Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Carol J. and F. Edward Lake Term Clinical Professor
  • Professor at the Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Patrick Carter Patrick Carter, MD
  • Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
Rebecca Cunningham Rebecca Cunningham, MD
  • Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Director, Injury Center
Jason Goldstick Jason Goldstick, PhD
  • Research Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
  • Research Assistant Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
Sarah Hawley Sarah T. Hawley, PhD, MPH
  • Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of General Medicine
  • Professor, Health Management and Policy
  • Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education

Areas of Expertise
Health Care, Health Policy

Michele Heisler Michele Heisler, MD, MPA
  • Professor, Internal Medicine
  • Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Research Scientist, Center for Clinical Management Research
  • Staff Physician

Areas of Expertise
Chronic Disease, Global Public Health, Health Care, Health Equity, Urban Health

Okeoma Mmeje Okeoma Mmeje, MD, MPH
  • Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
Sarah Peitzmeier Sarah Peitzmeier, PhD
  • Assistant Professor, Health Behavior and Biological Sciences, School of Nursing
  • Assistant Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
Gretchen Piatt Gretchen A Piatt, PhD, MPH
  • Associate Professor, Learning Health Sciences
  • Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Co-Director, Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research

Areas of Expertise
Chronic Disease, Health Care, Health Equity

Lesli Skolarus Lesli Skolarus, MD, MS
  • Associate Professor, Neurology
  • Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
Sarah Stoddard Sarah A Stoddard, PhD, RN, CNP, FSAHM, FAAN
  • Associate Professor, Nursing
  • Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Co-Director, Training and Education Core, University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center
  • Director, Certificate in Injury Science

Areas of Expertise
Child Health, Firearm Injury Prevention, Health Equity, Mental Health, Substance Use, Urban Health

Tiffany Veinot Tiffany C.E. Veinot, MLS, PhD
  • Associate Professor, School of Information
  • Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education

Adjunct Faculty

Natalie Sampson Natalie R. Sampson, PhD, MPH
  • Associate Professor, College of Education, Health and Human Services, University of Michigan Dearborn
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education

Areas of Expertise
Environmental Health, Health Communication, Health Equity, Health Policy, Public Health Practice

Rebeccah Sokol Rebeccah Sokol, PhD, MSPH
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
  • Affiliated Faculty, Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention

Areas of Expertise
Child Health, Firearm Injury Prevention

Emeritus Faculty

Cleopatra Caldwell Cleopatra Caldwell, PhD
  • Professor Emeritus, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Director, Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health
  • Co-Associate Director, Program for Research on Black Americans

Areas of Expertise
Health Equity, Public Health Practice, Racism

Nancy Janz Nancy K. Janz, PhD
  • Professor Emerita, Health Behavior and Health Education
Neal Krause Neal Krause, PhD
  • Professor Emeritus, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Marshall H. Becker Collegiate Professor of Public Health
Laurie Lachance Laurie L. Lachance, PhD, MPH
  • Associate Research Scientist, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Evaluation Director, Center for Managing Chronic Disease
Harold Neighbors Harold W. Neighbors, PhD
  • Professor Emeritus, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Associate Director, Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health
  • Director, Program for Research on Black Americans
Ruth Simmons Ruth Simmons, PhD
  • Professor Emerita, Health Behavior and Health Education