Dr. Djibril M. Ba is an assistant professor of public health sciences. His research interests include investigating the potential health benefits of mushrooms and major chronic diseases such as cancer. He has been involved in global health research projects to improve the nutritional status of women of childbearing age and children in low- and middle-income countries including Sub-Saharan Africa.
Michelle LaClair is an instructor of public health sciences. She has conducted research in health policy
and health systems and has a strong interest in health education. She teaches PHS 809: Principles of
Public Health and PHS 894: Capstone Experience for the Penn State MPH program.
Carol LaRegina is the associate director of the MPH program and a senior instructor in public health sciences at Penn State College of Medicine. As associate director, Carol oversees the operations of the MPH program and provides support for the program's accrediting process. In her academic role, Carol facilitates instruction for the MPH practicum, Principles of Public Health, and independent study courses. She also advises students and serves on the MPH Recruitment Committee. She was an environmental consultant for 20 years, conducting and overseeing hazardous waste site investigations.
Julie Lentes is global health program manager in public health sciences at the Penn State College of Medicine. She has directed Penn State’s immersive Global Health Exchange Program (GHEP) and mentors the student interprofessional Global Health Case Competition team. Her research interests include global health, adult education, and health equity. Julie co-teaches the MPH practicum course, which provides students with hands-on, real-world experience in the practice of public and global health.
Dr. Casey Pinto is an assistant professor at Penn State and a nurse practitioner in infectious disease. Her research focuses on rural/urban disparities in the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STI) among adolescents. She is specifically interested in the behavioral and/or social environmental factors that are associated with STI prevalence and how these vary between rural/urban populations. Dr. Pinto uses her experience from her research and clinical practice to teach courses related to infectious diseases and public health practice.
Dr. Heather Stuckey, associate professor of medicine, humanities, and public health sciences, focuses her work on qualitative research in diabetes and psychosocial aspects of chronic disease. She is co-director of the Penn State College of Medicine's Qualitative and Mixed Methods Core and teaches in qualitative research. Her research interests also include evaluation of arts and the medical humanities and transformative learning in adults.
Dr. Kristin K. Sznajder is an assistant professor of public health sciences. She has worked as a field epidemiologist for the United States Army and has worked in global health research in many countries across Africa and Asia. Her research interests include maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, gender disparities, and social determinants of health.
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