Who's Who – Graduate Programs Staff

For a directory of the public health graduate programs staff, please see below. For more information, visit the Public Health Graduate Programs FAQs.


Public Health Graduate Programs

David J Lee, Ph.D.

Professor

dlee@miami.edu

(305) 243-6980
Field of Interest: Occupational & Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Accreditation & Program Governance David Lee, Ph.D., has been a faculty member in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine since 1990.  He serves as Department Chair and oversees all graduate programs on the...

Margie Jimenez

Sr. Administrative Officer, Public Health Sciences and Centers

mjimenez5@miami.edu

(305) 243-3946
Margie Jimenez, MA, CRA, is the Assistant Chair in the Department of Public Health Sciences and its centers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Mrs. Jimenez is responsible for designing and implementing business operations, overseeing the operations and work of directors, and establishing policies that promote the culture and...

Viviana E Horigian

Professor, Educator Track

vhorigian@miami.edu

(305) 243-4305
Field of Interest: Research Design & Implementation of Treatments for Drug Abuse, MPH & MSPH Programs Viviana E. Horigian, MD, MHA, is a Professor, Educator, in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She is currently serving as the Director of Public Health Education and as a...

Begona Plaza Rovira

Executive Director, Programs

brovira@miami.edu

(305) 243-4072
Begoña Rovira, MBA, MA, is Executive Director of Master's Programs in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Ms. Rovira oversees the program administration, program budget, and student grievances. Ms. Rovira provides leadership and operational oversight for ongoing...

Heather Ann Rose

Sr. Director, Assessment and Accreditation

hrose@miami.edu

(305) 243-2209
Heather Rose, MPH, is Senior Director of Accreditation and Doctoral Administration at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences. Ms. Rose is responsible for the accreditation encompassing all degree programs in the department, maintains professional and academic standards set by the...

Rosa Elena Verdeja

Director, Programs

rverdeja@miami.edu

(305) 243-8028
Rosa Verdeja, M.Ed., is Director of Academic Affairs in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Ms. Verdeja oversees curriculum implementation, faculty liaison, and standard operating procedures.  Verdeja earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in...

Carlen Angella Duncombe

Director, Programs

cduncombe@miami.edu

(305) 243-1212
Carlen Duncombe, MPA, is Director of Enrollment Services at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences. Ms. Duncombe is responsible for enrollment and graduation services, course logistics, and the Teaching Assistant program.  Duncombe attended Florida International University...

Ginelle Solis

Assoc. Director, Admissions

gxb557@miami.edu

(305) 243-7246
Ginelle Bou Nassar is Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences. Ms. Bou Nassar joined the department in January 2019 and is responsible for admissions and recruitment support for graduate admissions to the department, including...

Katelyn Elizabeth McGuigan

Assoc. Director, Career Services

kxm752@miami.edu

(305) 243-5782
Katelyn McGuigan, MPH, is Associate Director of Professional Development at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences. Katelyn is responsible for managing the capstone and thesis programs for public health master’s students, including overseeing funding opportunities for capstone...

Ashley M Gonzalez

Sr. Program Coordinator

amg9455@miami.edu

Ashley Gonzalez is an experienced hospitality professional with a background in event management. She has worked for several multinational corporations including HBO Latin America Group, Discovery Networks and Easy Solutions, a Cyxtera Business. Previously, Ms. Gonzalez worked with Friends of The Underline, a non-profit organization working to...

For a directory of the MD/MPH program staff, please see below. For inquiries, visit the MD/MPH Program FAQs.


MD/MPH Program

Shirin Shafazand, M.D.

Professor of Clinical

sshafazand@miami.edu

(305) 585-6487

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...

Renita Marie Revere

Sr. Manager, Programs

rxr913@miami.edu

(305) 243-6122
Renita Revere, MBA, is the Senior Manager of the MD/MPH Program in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Since joining the department in 2017, Renita has been responsible for the strategic planning, management, implementation and administration of the MD/MPH program.   Renita...

Vallerie Felix

Sr. Program Coordinator

vyf2@miami.edu

(305) 243-7151
Vallerie Felix is an advocate for Public Health always ready to aid in the education, organization, and mobilization of public health services and resources. She graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health in 2018, and recently graduated from Florida International University with a Masters in Health...

For a directory of the MS programs staff, please see below.


MS Programs

Tulay Koru-Sengul

Research Associate Professor

tsengul@miami.edu

(305) 243-2618
Field of Interest: Statistical Methods for Biological Responses Dr. Tulay Koru-Sengul is an Associate Professor and the graduate program director of Master of Science (MS) in Biostatistics in the Division of Biostatistics and the lead faculty member overseeing the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) program in the Department of Public...

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...

Sara Mijares StGeorge

Asst. Professor

s.stgeorge@miami.edu

(305) 243-0726
Field of Interest: Obesity & Chronic Disease Sara M. St. George, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and a member of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South...

For a directory of the Ph.D. programs staff, please see below.


Ph.D. Programs

Eric Christopher Brown

Assoc. Professor

ecb41@miami.edu

(305) 243-6973
Field of Interest: Community-Based & International Prevention Science Dr. Eric C. Brown, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor with the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Prevention Science and Community Health where he directs the Implementation Science track for the...

WayWay M. Hlaing

Professor of Professional Practice

whlaing@miami.edu

(305) 243-3693
Field of Interest: Chronic Conditions & Health Disparities Dr. WayWay M. Hlaing's education background consists an MBBS (a US Medical Degree equivalent based on the Scottish system of a 6-year medical curriculum), an MS degree in Health Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology. She joined the Department of Public Health Sciences (DPHS) at...

Hemant Ishwaran

Professor

hishwaran@miami.edu

(305) 243-5473
Field of Interest: Developing Machine Learning Methods Hemant Ishwaran, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences (DPHS) and is the Director of Statistical Methodology and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Division of Biostatistics.  Dr. Ishwaran is also affiliated with the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer...

For a directory of the online program staff, please see below.


Online Programs (In Development)

Elahe Nezami

Professor

exn285@miami.edu

Dr. Elahe ("Ellie") Nezami is a Professor on the Educator Track in the Division of Health Services Research & Policy and Director of Online Programs in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Elahe Nezami served as the director of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies...

Nicole Sardina

Project Manager

ncano@miami.edu

(305) 243-3480
Nicole Sardina is Project Manager at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's Department of Public Health Sciences. As Project Manager, Nicole will spearhead the DPHS online programs initiative and manage the process, tasks, and documentation/information requirements of various online program offerings. She will also oversee the...