Environment and Public Health Division

For a directory of the Environment and Public Health Division faculty, please see below.


Primary Faculty

John C Beier

Professor

jbeier@miami.edu

(305) 243-2977
Field of Interest: Vector Biology & Control John C. Beier, Sc.D., is Professor and Director of the Division of Environment and Public Health in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Dr. Beier’s research is committed to the ecology and control of vector-borne diseases, including malaria, dengue, Zika, other arboviruses, and...

Scott C. Brown

Research Associate Professor

s.brown5@miami.edu

(305) 243-4410
Field of Interest: Built Environment, Behavior & Health Scott C. Brown, Ph.D., is a Research Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He has a secondary appointment at the University of Miami School of Architecture. Previously, he completed postdoctoral fellowships in cognitive aging...

Alberto Caban-Martinez

Assoc. Professor

acaban@miami.edu

(305) 243-7565
Field of Interest: Occupational Health & Safety Dr. Caban-Martinez is a board-certified osteopathic physician and epidemiologist, and an Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences in the Division of Environment and Public Health of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is the...

Naresh Kumar

Professor

nkumar@miami.edu

(305) 243-4854
Field of Interest: Environmental Health Risk Surveillance Naresh Kumar, Ph.D., is Professor of Environmental Health in the Department of Public Health Sciences, Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, and Department of Geography and Regional Studies at the University of Miami. Dr. Kumar’s research and teaching are dedicated to...

Secondary Faculty

Joanna L. Lombard

Professor

jlombard@miami.edu

(305) 284-3731
Joanna Lombard, AIA, LEED AP, is a registered architect (Florida) and Professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture with a joint appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine and is a 2019-2021 Abess Faculty Scholar in the Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy....

Frank Martinez

Assoc. Professor

fmartinez@miami.edu

(305) 284-4957
Frank Martinez is an Associate Professor at the University of Miami, School of Architecture, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Miller School of Medicine. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Miami and a graduate degree from Princeton University. He teaches design, drawing and...

Imelda K Moise

Associate Professor

moise@miami.edu

(305) 284-2360
Trained as a health geographer, Dr Moise's overarching program of research focuses on families and communities at risk. Her methodological expertise lies in utilizing quantitative and qualitative methods, often employing mixed methods study designs including geospatial analysis to examine the sociocultural and contextual...

Elizabeth M. Plater-Zyberk

Professor

epz@miami.edu

(305) 284-3731
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, FAIA, LEED AP, is Malcolm Matheson Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Director of the Master of Urban Design Program. She has a joint appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine.  She was dean of the School of Architecture 1995-2013.  She teaches...

Natasha Solle

Research Asst. Professor

n.schaefer@umiami.edu


Justin B Stoler

Associate Professor

stoler@miami.edu

(305) 284-6692
Dr. Stoler's research explores urban health disparities using social, environmental, and spatial epidemiological methods. He is also affiliated with the Department of Public Health Sciences and the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy. Dr. Stoler enjoys field work and has worked in several countries—including a decade...

Voluntary Faculty

Gunter Muller

Muller Gunter

Voluntary Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences



Lauren Murphy, PhD

Lauren Murphy, PhD

Voluntary Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences

Dr. Lauren A. Murphy is a voluntary assistant professor of public health sciences in the Division of Environment and Public Health at the UM Department of Public Health Sciences and an industrial/organizational psychologist whose research focuses on occupational health psychology topic areas, including safety climate and work-life integration. Her work has examined employees in high-risk blue-collar occupations such as long-haul trucking and commercial construction. Dr. Murphy uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to conduct research, with an emphasis on mixed methods study designs. Her postdoctoral fellowship at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health extended Dr. Murphy’s expertise to macroergonomics and sociotechnical systems theory. She also serves as a preceptor for UM MD-MPH and traditional graduate public health students.

Karen Polson-Edwards

Karen Polson-Edwards

Voluntary Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences



Rui-De Xue, PhD

Rui-De Xue, PhD

Voluntary Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences



Tara Zolnikov

Tara Zolnikov

Voluntary Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences

Dr. Tara Rava Zolnikov is an internationally published expert on qualitative research methods; she concentrates on providing vulnerable populations with a voice and uses autoethnographic, ethnographic, and phenomenological perspectives to understand or live through these experiences to recreate them for a widespread audience. She focuses on diverse and cultural populations, who suffer indiscriminately from adverse effects due to various problems. Dr. Zolnikov works internationally on issues in low- and middle-income countries, including Kenya, Ghana, India, Colombia, and Brazil. She has worked on a variety of public and global health projects, ranging from infectious diseases (e.g. Ebola and HIV/AIDS) to the effects of access to water and relationships stemming from interventions. Dr. Zolnikov earned a Ph.D in Developmental Science from North Dakota State University and an M.S. in Environmental Health from Harvard School of Public Health and a second M.S. in Industrial Hygiene from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. She also earned a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. Additionally, Dr. Zolnikov is the vice president of a nonprofit organization, The Shepherd’s Village, which focuses on providing access to water to Maasai communities around Narok, Kenya. Dr. Zolnikov has published extensively in some of the world’s most renowned public health and global health journals, including the Lancet Oncology, American Journal of Public Health, AIDS and Behavior, Science of the Total Environment, and many more. She has also written and published two books, which focus on qualitative research and environmental health. In 2017, she received Editor’s Choice Reviewer of the Year Award at the American Journal in Public Health.