Graduate Programs Staff

Public Health Graduate Programs

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

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, Basic Sciences (H)

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 (H)

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 (A)

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 (H)

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 (H)

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

Director, Admissions (A)

gxb557@miami.edu

(305) 243-7246
Ginelle Solis is the Director of Admissions at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences. Solis joined the department in January 2019 and began her new position in December 2022. Solis is responsible for overseeing student admissions policies and practices, as well as reviewing department operations...

Katelyn Elizabeth McGuigan

Assoc. Director, Career Services (A)

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 (H)

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...

Tanvi Hathiramani

Sr. Program Coordinator (H)

txh785@miami.edu

Tanvi Hathiramani is the Senior Program Coordinator for Admissions and Recruitment at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences. Hathiramani joined the department in December 2022 and is responsible for supporting the admissions and recruitment team. Hathiramani represents the Office of Admissions...

MD/MPH Program

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

Shirin Shafazand, M.D.

Professor of Clinical

sshafazand@miami.edu

(305) 243-7888
Dr. Shafazand is a board-certified pulmonary, critical care, and sleep specialist with a Master’s degree in Health Services Research and a strong commitment to patient-centered research. Her commitment to conducting patient-centered research is exemplified by her funded research. She was the Principal Investigator (PI) for an American...

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...

Manuela Maria Lopez

Sr. Manager, Programs (H)

mml272@miami.edu

(305) 243-6122
Manuela Lopez, MBA, serves as the Senior Manager of Medical Doctor and Master of Public Health (MD-MPH) Programs at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences. Manuela joined the department in June 2023 and oversees the day-to-day administrative management of the MD-MPH program, ensuring its smooth...

Bernie Jack Tamberg

Sr. Program Coordinator (H)

bjt90@miami.edu

(305) 243-7151
Bernie J. Tamberg serves as the Sr. Program Coordinator for the MD/MPH program at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences. Bernie's capacity extends to collaborating closely with faculty capstone advisors, guaranteeing that capstone advising aligns with the professional aspirations...

Online Programs (In Development)

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

Elahe Nezami

Pending Rank Professor Prof. Practice

exn396@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...

MS Programs

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

Tulay Koru-Sengul

Research 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...

Ph.D. Programs

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

Eric Christopher Brown

Professor of Professional Practice

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...