Option Director – Eugene J. Lengerich, VMD, M.S.

Professor of Public Health Sciences
VMD, University of Pennsylvania, 1987
MS, Pennsylvania State University, 1987

Dr. Lengerich brings extensive experience in distance-based learning, public health, and epidemiologic research. In addition to teaching resident graduate epidemiology classes, Dr. Lengerich has assisted with the design of PHP 527: Public Health Evaluation of Disasters and Bioterrorism, and served as instructor in this course since its inception. He is also instructor of STAT 507: Epidemiology Research Methods, delivered through the World Campus. Dr. Lengerich currently is an adviser to the National Cancer Institute for its distance-based training program in public health program development, implementation, and evaluation, and he has led the development of a national mentoring program in applied epidemiology.

Dr. Lengerich has a deep understanding of public health, having been employed in public health at the national level (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the state level (North Carolina), as well as worked extensively at the local public health level in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. While at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Lengerich conducted outbreak investigations in Arizona, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. Over the past several years, he has assisted medical students in the Global Health Scholars Program conduct door-to-door surveys in San Pablo, Ecuador.


C. James Holliman, MD

Professor of Emergency Medicine
MD, Washington University, 1979

C. James Holliman is a professor of emergency medicine at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania; adjunct professor of emergency medicine at George Washington University of the Health Sciences, Washington, D.C.; professor of military and emergency medicine at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland; and adjunct professor of emergency medicine, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China.

Dr. Holliman serves as a member of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine's Global Emergency Medicine Academy (GEMA) and a member of the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM). He is a manuscript reviewer or international editor for 12 professional journals. He is the medical director for the Emergency Medical Services Division of the fire and rescue services department in the city of Reading, Pennsylvania. He holds several positions in the International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM), most recently assuming the president's position in June 2014.

Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, BVSc, MSc, MPH, MRCVS

Gavin Macgregor-Skinner is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State Hershey. He has worked in public health leadership positions with both U.S. and international governments, United Nations agencies, the private sector, and military, designing public health preparedness and disaster response programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Latin America.

For the U.S. government, Dr. Macgregor-Skinner led a technical team in providing assistance in prevention and control of avian and pandemic influenza outbreaks, and provided direct support by bringing governments and partners together to form task forces that generated comprehensive national preparedness plans in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), he was deployed to Banda Aceh after the 2004 Tsunami and led a team to design and conduct rapid health risk assessments, and developed integrated strategies with government, UN agencies, and non-governmental organizations. He served in the Australian and British armies and coordinated public health programs in post-conflict environments. With the British government, he implemented community-based participatory approaches for disease surveillance and outbreak response.

Dr. Macgregor-Skinner has a bachelor's in veterinary science from the University of Queensland, Australia, a master of science in emerging infectious and zoonotic diseases from the University of London, England, and a master of public health in epidemiology and international health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His passion is engaging networks of experts who share knowledge and experiences to increase the global understanding of risk and preparedness.

James F. McKenzie, Ph.D., MPH, MCHES

Professor of Public Health Sciences
PhD, The Ohio State University, 1977
MPH, University of Michigan, 1986

Jim McKenzie is a professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State Hershey and professor emeritus in the Department of Physiology and Health Science at Ball State University. He is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and serves on the Board of Commissioners for the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. He is also an active scholar and co-author of four textbooks: Planning, Implementing, & Evaluating Health Promotion Programs: A Primer (6th ed., in press, Benjamin Cummings); An Introduction to Community Health (7th ed., 2012, Jones & Bartlett Learning); Principles and Foundations of Health Promotion and Education (5th ed., 2012, Benjamin Cummings); and Health Promotion & Education Research Methods: Using the Five Chapter Thesis/Dissertation Model (2nd ed., 2011, Jones & Bartlett Learning).

Zhengmin Qian, MD, Ph.D.

UMDNJ-Rutgers, Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences

Zhengmin Qian is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology at Saint Louis University School of Public Health. He is also an associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences, Penn State College of Medicine. His area of expertise is environmental epidemiology. He has years of experience working as an environmental epidemiologist both in China and in the United States.

Dr. Qian's research areas of focus include children's health, global health, environmental health, exposure assessment, and indoor and outdoor air pollution.