Department of Health Promotion, Social & Behavioral Health


 Name  Research Interest
Rebecca Anderson, JD MS
Associate Professor &
Vice Chair
Law, ethics, and public policy in clinical care, especially genetic medicine.
Renaisa Anthony, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Maternal and child health, pregnancy outcomes, health disparities and health equity, and access to quality and affordable health care
Ozgur Araz, PhD
Assistant Professor
Systems modeling and simulation, operations management in health care, modeling infectious and chronic diseases, decision and cost-effectiveness analysis, Bayesian statistics and stochastic modeling
Denise H Britigan, MA, PhD, CHES
Assistant Professor
Social marketing, health communications, health literacy, health promotion, community health education
Christopher Fisher, PhD
Assistant Professor
Community-based participatory research (CBPR), sexuality education, sexual health, gender, and human sexuality.
Jaime Gofin MD, MPH
Development and evaluation of community oriented primary care
Rosa Gofin, MD, MPH
Development and evaluation of health services and interventions, especially maternal-child health, childhood injuries, population inequalities
Terry T-K Huang, PhD, MPH, CPH
Professor & Chair
Ecological and multilevel research, systems science, pediatric obesity, science policy translation
Andrew Jameton, PhD
Philosophy and ethics of environmental health, global ethical issues in health
Patrik Johansson, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Health services research, health disparities, and health equity
Ruth Margalit, MD
Associate Professor
Physician-patient relationship and communication strategies, professionalism and inter-professional education
Sharon Medcalf, PhD
Disaster and emergency preparedness
Lea Pounds, PhD, MBA
Social marketing, crisis and emergency risk communication
Shireen Rajaram, PhD
Associate Professor
Health disparities, environmental justice, and sexual health
Daniel J. Schober, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Childhood obesity, food insecurity, and local foods systems
Mohammad Siahpush, PhD
Socioeconomic position and smoking
Asia Sikora, PhD
Assistant Professor
Health behavior, health economics, social determinants of health, dementia, obesity
Ghada Soliman, MD, PhD, RD, LMNT
Associate Professor
Nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention, obesity and metabolic–related diseases, macronutrient and micronutrient deficiencies, mammalian Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) as a master regulator of metabolism, cell growth, and proliferation, mTOR signal transduction, weight management, behavioral management, nutrient metabolism.
Dejun Su, PhD
Associate Professor
Social Demography, Medical Sociology, Health Research and Policy
Melissa Tibbits, PhD
Assistant Professor
Adolescent health and development, prevention of risky behaviors in adolescence


Adjunct/Courtesy Faculty:

Virginia Aita, PhD, MSM
Mary Balluff, MS, RD, LMNT
Daniel Blanke, PhD
Katie Brandert, MPH, CHES
Farryl Bertmann, PhD, RD
Jason D. Coleman, PhD, MSPH
Danae Dinkel, PhD
Aleta Gaertner, MPH
Brandon Grimm, PhD, MPH
Ross Hammond, PhD
Jay A. Irwin, PhD
Jim D Medder, MD, MPH
Courtney A. Pinard, PhD
Gopal K. Singh, PhD
Richard Stacy, EdD, MPH
Patrick Tyrance, MD
Amy Yaroch, PhD


Research Associate

Anna Torrens Armstrong, PhD, MPH, MCHES, CPH

Contact us
Department of Health Promotion, Social & Behavioral Health

UNMC College of Public Health
984365 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4365

Phone: 402-559-4325
Fax: 402-559-3773