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

VMD, Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
M.S., Agricultural Economics and Operations Research, Penn State
B.S., Biology, Bowling Green State

Dr. Lengerich is professor of public health sciences and faculty director of the public health preparedness option. He teaches epidemiology and outbreak investigation and mentors students in independent research. He has led community and preparedness assessments for medical and public health students in international settings. Prior to joining Penn State, he conducted outbreak investigations as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer and Preventive Medicine Resident at the US CDC. Following his experience at the federal level, he led epidemiologic investigations for North Carolina. His research interests are in global health security, outbreak detection, and disease mapping.


Gavin Macgregor-Skinner

B.V.S., Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, University of Queensland
M.Sc., Wild Animal Health, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Zoonotic Diseases, Royal Veterinary College, University of London
M.P.H., Epidemiology, International Health, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
M.R.C.V.S., Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Macgregor-Skinner is assistant professor in public health sciences and teaches courses on public health emergencies, biologic risk management, and training exercises. He has appeared on CNN, BBC, and C-SPAN to discuss his research in disaster medicine, preparedness, and health security. Prior to joining Penn State, he was an officer in the Australian and British militaries, an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer for the US CDC, and a Prevention and Global Health Fellow for the US AID. He is the director of strategic partnerships in disaster medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Caribbean Center for Disaster Medicine at the American University of the Caribbean.

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.

Ph.D., Exposure/Epidemiology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Rutgers University
MD, Tongji Medical University, China

Dr. Qian is professor of public health sciences at Penn State and professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at St. Louis University. He teaches courses in epidemiology, exposure assessment, and public health evaluation. His research interests are in environmental epidemiology, global health, and the medical and public health impact of air pollution. For more than 15 years, he been a key investigator in Health Effects of Long-term Air Pollution on Lung Function and Respiratory Health in Children and Adults in Four Chinese Cities, sponsored by the US EPA. Dr. Qian has published more than 170 peer-reviewed papers and reviews research proposals for federal agencies.