Jim Stimpson, PhD

Jim Stimpson, PhD

Jim Stimpson, PhD

Faculty Highlight – Jim P. Stimpson, PhD, is the founding director of the UNMC Center for Health Policy, a tenured associate professor, and Graduate Program director in the Department of Health Services Research and Administration at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

His disciplinary background is sociology, with specific training and expertise in health policy analysis and evaluation, advanced statistical analyses, and translating empirical research results to stakeholders. The focus of his research is on social influences of population health and inequalities, and he conducts research, primarily, by creatively identifying, linking, and analyzing large, population-based databases. Dr. Stimpson’s research has been funded by numerous organizations, including the National Cancer Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He has published more than 50 journal articles and policy reports, which have appeared in leading journals such as Health Affairs and the American Journal of Public Health. These publications have generated $1 million in media value from over 450 media placements across the country.

Dr. Stimpson currently teaches graduate courses on health policy. Over the years, he has taught 447 students in 26 courses. While at UNMC, he has created several educational programs, including a new concentration in health policy for the Masters in Public Health program and dual degree programs in partnership with UNO (MBA/MPH) and with UNL (JD/MPH). He has acquired several educational grants, the largest related to the Nebraska Health Policy Academy, which aims to help train health departments to better utilize health policy as a public health intervention. With regard to his teaching philosophy, Dr. Stimpson said “Central to my mission as a teacher is that I want students to walk away from my class better able to link personal troubles to public issues using empirical evidence and critical thinking.”

Jim Stimpson, PhD, is an associate professor in the UNMC COPH Department of Health Services Research and Administration and the director of the UNMC COPH Center for Health Policy.

Jaime Gofin, MD, MPH

Jaime Gofin, MD, MPH

Jaime Gofin, MD, MPH

Faculty Highlight –  Jaime Gofin, MD, MPH, joined the UNMC College of Public Health (COPH) faculty in 2010.  He obtained his MD in 1972 and his MPH in 1974.  Prior to moving to Omaha, Dr. Gofin served as faculty at The George Washington University (GW) and Hebrew University.  He has served as a consultant to the Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization since 1994.

Since 1981, Dr. Gofin has introduced more than 3,500 students and practitioners to Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) through his courses and workshops in countries all over the world.  At the COPH, Dr. Gofin drew on his COPC expertise to develop the COPC concentration in the Master of Public Health Program, one of only two in the country.  He played a role in the development of the COPC concentration at GW and served as program director from 2008-2009.  He actively participated in the development of the dual-degree program, Master of Physician Assistant Studies/Master of Public Health in COPC, with the UNMC School of Allied Health Services.  Dr. Gofin continues to oversee the COPC concentration and is responsible for two of the four core concentration courses, Community Oriented Primary Care: Principles and Practice, and Opportunities and Challenges in the Application of COPC.

Dr. Gofin offered some sincere words about his teaching philosophy.   He sees teaching as much more than a transfer of information; he sees it instead as a bilateral conversation to stimulate reasoning and critical thinking that will translate into action.  He promotes “learning by doing” and wants students to thrive in their learning and not merely “pass through university”.

Dr. Gofin’s research focuses on the evaluation of community health and COPC programs and the quality of teaching and teachers’ training programs.  He has published more than 80 articles and two textbooks.  Dr. Gofin has served on more than 30 university, public health, medical, national, and international committees during his career, and was the founder and chairman of the Alumni Association of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  For ten years, he was a proud elected member of the Board of Directors Community Administration for Ramot, a neighborhood of 45,000 residents in Jerusalem.  He won the 2007 Gordon-Wyon Award from the International Section of the American Public Health Association for his “outstanding leadership in community oriented primary care.”

Jaime Gofin, MD, MPH, is a professor in the UNMC COPH Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health.

Ashish Joshi, PhD, MD, MPH

Ashish Joshi, PhD, MD, MPH

Ashish Joshi, PhD, MD, MPH

Faculty Highlight – Dr. Joshi currently teaches an online course, Public Health Informatics. He has been involved in developing the curriculum for the UNMC Graduate Program in Biomedical Informatics. He also gives guest lectures for the Introduction to Biomedical Informatics course. He has been an academic advisor to PhD students and MPH students, and has served on service learning/capstone committees. He has mentored MPH students, certificate students, and other graduate students across various global settings.  Dr. Joshi also mentored a faculty assistant professor for a period of six months, funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research, Government of India. Dr. Joshi’s research funds supported three MPH graduate assistantships, and funded several international trips for students traveling to Venice, India, Singapore, and Nigeria. His students have published eight peer reviewed journal publications, presented four conference papers, had two podium presentations, and received two best paper awards at global health conferences.

Dr. Joshi strongly believes that the more time, energy, and resources we invest in students, the stronger collaborators they will become and the more they will contribute to the world. He encourages all students to translate their research ideas into practice through innovation and entrepreneurship as both are keys to success. Dr. Joshi also believes that every MPH student should have global health experience to help them better understand the various challenges of working in diverse settings.

Dr. Joshi’s research focus is to combine principles of social cognitive theory and human-centered approaches to design, develop, and evaluate multifaceted, cost-effective, technology-mediated interventions adaptive to different settings, audiences, and health conditions. His specific areas of research focus are public health informatics, consumer health informatics, global health, and health technology assessments. Currently, his research projects are active in the United States, India, Nigeria, and Brazil.

Dr. Joshi emphasizes the need to collaborate with various industry partners as it will help in job creation, provide additional graduate assistantship opportunities, and provide funded opportunities for field trips in global settings.

Dr. Joshi co-leads the COPH group that is working on the strategic planning goal of enhancing the use of technology, and the work group’s findings were recently published in a peer reviewed journal. Dr. Joshi also co-leads the COPH Innovation Team to enhance the role of technology within the COPH. Dr. Joshi is a member of the Graduate Committee of the UNMC Biomedical Informatics program. He is also an executive member of the AMIA Public Health Informatics Working Group. He has been invited as a keynote speaker at various international conferences, and he serves as associate editor, guest editor, or reviewer for several peer reviewed scientific journals.

Ashish Joshi, PhD, MD, MPH, is an assistant professor in the UNMC COPH Department of Health Services Research and Administration, faculty in the COPH Center for Global Health and Development, and Director of the UNMC Center for Program Informatics.

Denise Britigan, MA, PhD, CHES

Denise Britigan, MA, PhD, CHES

Denise Britigan, MA, PhD, CHES

Faculty Highlight – Dr. Denise H. Britigan received her PhD in Health Education from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. She also holds an MA in Library and Information Science and a BS in Medical Technology. She was a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists for over 20 years, and has been a nationally certified health education specialist since 2008. Dr. Britigan also completed a two-year, inter-professional Certificate of Preparing Future Faculty program during her doctoral studies.  She joined the College of Public Health (COPH) faculty in July 2011.

Dr. Britigan and Lea Pounds, PhD(c), developed the Social Marketing and Health Communication concentration in the UNMC COPH Master of Public Health program. They teach Introduction to Social Marketing and Health Communication, Applied Social Marketing, and Advanced Health Communication. Dr. Britigan enjoys teaching and has taught the following courses in the Health Promotion concentration as well: Interventions in Health Promotion, and Public Health Leadership and Advocacy.

Additionally, Dr. Britigan has developed guest lectures and workshops on Health Literacy and Health Communication. She has been a repeat guest lecturer in the College of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Studies program and in the School of Allied Health’s Physical Therapy program. She has also delivered her interactive, informative sessions on health literacy at over a dozen various public forums in Omaha and across Nebraska.

Dr. Britigan has served as the academic advisor, research mentor, and dissertation or capstone committee member/chair for 10 students in four departments. She is a co-founder of the statewide partnership Health Literacy Nebraska, which began in 2011. Dr. Britigan serves as a representative of Nebraska to the DHHS Region VII Health Literacy initiative, which includes Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas.

Dr. Britigan’s interests include working with the Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors on a Health Resources and Services Administration Rural Outreach grant to study and improve the health literacy skills and health communication skills of rural health department personnel. She is also collaborating on various NIH-funded research projects that include health communication, and on a local study on hand-off communication between emergency department and admitting service personnel.

Dr. Britigan is a member of the American Public Health Association and the Society of Public Health Educators. She currently serves on the following UNMC committees: Education Development Initiative, Associate Member in the Eppley Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Faculty Senate Library Advisory Committee, Science Literacy Think Tank, Science Café Workgroup, and Search Committee for the new director of the McGoogan Library of Medicine.  Within the COPH, Dr. Britigan serves as a leader for Strategic Plan Goal 8: Communication Council, a member of the COPH Graduate Committee, a member of the Faculty Advisory Board for the Center for Reducing Health Disparities, and editor-in-chief of The GroundBreaker, the electronic newsletter for the COPH.

Outside of her professional duties, Denise is a member of International P.E.O. and UNMC’s Faculty Women’s Club. At a state and national level, Dr. Britigan serves as the American Association of University Women Nebraska Membership vice president, and as one of two delegates from Nebraska to Drexel University’s national initiative Vision 2020: Equality in Sight.

Denise H Britigan, MA, PhD, CHES, is an assistant professor in the UNMC COPH Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health.

Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, PhD

Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, PhD

Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, PhD

Faculty Highlight – Dr. Watanabe-Galloway currently teaches two courses: Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Health Information/Public Health Surveillance. She has been an academic advisor to 11 MPH students and served on 17 service learning/capstone committees. She has also served on dissertation committees for nine PhD students and mentored two MPH interns.

Dr. Watanabe-Galloway’s teaching philosophy is “The more we put in as faculty, the more we get out of our teaching and advising experience.”  Dr. Watanabe-Galloway finds it important for students to develop adequate scientific writing skills before they graduate. She encourages all MPH students to publish at least one paper as the primary author and publish more as co-authors. Publishing in peer-reviewed literature provides students an opportunity to integrate what they learned in class as well as disseminate study findings beyond the research group. Dr. Watanabe-Galloway’s teaching experience has been well-received by her students. She received the college’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011.

Dr. Watanabe-Galloway’s research interests include disparities in cancer and in psychiatric service. Over the past decade, Dr. Watanabe-Galloway has worked with the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (GPTCHB) and tribes in the Northern Plains region to build the public health infrastructure in the Northern Plains region and eliminate health disparities. “Mapping Pathways to a Healthier Future,” a five-year project funded by the US Department of Health, Office of Minority Health, is one project on which she collaborates with GPTCHB. Each year, a group of public health professionals from American Indian communities in the four-state region (South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa) participate in face-to-face workshops and webinars to learn Geographic Information System (GIS) and epidemiology software. The project is in its third year and has had participation from 15 of 18 tribal communities thus far. The project is a good example of academic-community collaboration to address health disparities through public health infrastructure building.

Dr. Watanabe-Galloway serves on two of the college’s Governing Faculty Committees, Research and Development, and Student Recruitment and Admissions. She chairs the subcommittee for the MPH program within the Department of Epidemiology. She is a member of the Nebraska Cancer Registry Advisory Committee and Northern Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center Advisory Committee.

Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, PhD, is an associate professor in the UNMC COPH Department of Epidemiology.

Eleanor G. Rogan, PhD

Eleanor G. Rogan, PhD

Eleanor G. Rogan, PhD

Faculty Highlight – Dr. Rogan sees her main mission as facilitating opportunities for students and faculty in the Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health Department, from teaching to research to service.  She has played an integral role in the growth of the college, its programs, and its research agenda. In her lectures in professional and graduate student courses, she tries to engage the students to see possibilities for them to use their talents, skills, and interests. Her goal is for students to learn the essential knowledge and to begin to think about it creatively. She is facilitating the establishment of joint degree programs with UNO and UNL, as well as promoting some of the department’s courses that relate to other educational programs. Dr. Rogan is well-respected by her students. She was a 2010 recipient of the college’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Rogan’s research involves environmental health, especially with regard to cancer-causing substances.  She investigates how estrogens start the process leading to cancer, with the goal of preventing cancer. She finds Nebraska interesting because of all the agrichemicals used throughout the state. She also spends time working to develop research or service projects relevant to environmental, agricultural, and occupational health in Nebraska and the developing world. As part of these efforts, she works with the Daugherty Water for Food Institute at UNL and with the National Park Service, which has a regional office here in Omaha.  Despite the short time since the department was formed, with six part-time faculty members, faculty are engaged in environmental and occupational health projects that literally span the globe.

Dr. Rogan serves as chair of the Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health, chair of the college’s Teaching Award Committee, and chair of the UNMC Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee. She liaises with the Daugherty Water for Food Institute and UNL, and facilitates interactions with the National Park Service. She also facilitates collaboration between the College of Public Health, UNL and UNO.

Eleanor G. Rogan, PhD, is a professor and chair of the UNMC COPH Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health, and a professor in the UNMC Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases.

Hongmei Wang, PhD

Hongmei Wang, PhD

Hongmei Wang, PhD

Faculty Highlight – Dr. Hongmei Wang teaches two courses: Quantitative Methods in Health Services Research, a required course for the PhD students in Health Services Research and Administration, and Health Economics, a concentration course for MPH students in Health Policy. In addition, she directs independent study courses on Economic Evaluation with PhD students from the UNMC College of Nursing and provides guest lectures on Economic Evaluation for other courses at UNMC. She also offers training at state and regional meetings. Dr. Wang serves as both an academic advisor and a capstone committee advisor for MPH students and as a committee member for doctoral students.

Dr. Wang’s research interests focus on socioeconomic determinants of health and economic evaluation of health care programs and medical intervention strategies. She is particularly interested in examining how individual choices, organizational schemes, and sociocultural structures collectively influence population health and health care systems. Dr. Wang has been working on projects exploring the protective effects of social capital on health outcomes and health-related behaviors. Recently, she has been evaluating and examining the effects of community intervention strategies on promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors and reducing obesity. She currently works with colleagues from the UNMC College of Public Health (COPH) Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health and the UNMC COPH Department of Epidemiology to evaluate Nebraska Department of health and Human Services Cancer Screening programs, Douglas County community obesity interventions, school-based health centers, and Nebraska Juvenile service delivery projects.

Dr. Wang serves as a member of the Curriculum Committee, Community Engagement Coordinating Council, and Sparks Pre-professional/Undergraduate Student Scholarship in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Selection Committee.

Hongmei Wang, PhD, is an assistant professor in the UNMC COPH Department of Health Services Research and Administration