Faculty & Staff

Department of Epidemiology faculty, staff and their research interest:

Christine M. Arcari, PhD, MPH - Associate Dean Academic and Student Affairs & Associate Professor

Public Health Education, Infectious Diseases, Disease Prevention

Lorena Baccaglini, PhD, DDS, MS - Associate Professor

Clinical research, evidence–based medicine, systematic reviews, epidemiological methods, genetic epidemiology, oral and systemic diseases, wound healing, growth factors, head and neck injuries...

Col. Ted Cieslak, MD, FAAP, FIDSA - Associate Professor

Areas of interest include Public Health, Immunization, Travel Medicine, Humanitarian Pediatrics, Animal Bites, and Adoption Medicine...

 Evi Farazi, PhD Research Professor

Dr. Farazi’s research focuses on understanding the complex interactions of genetic and environmental factors in cancer development...

Keith Hansen, MBA - Instructor, Co-Director, Center for Preparedness Education and Co-Executive Director, Association of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professionals

Crisis management, crisis leadership, disaster planning...

Jennie L. Hill, PhD - Associate Professor

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) and mixed-methods approaches, Built environment assessment and influence of built environment on behavior...

Ali S. Khan, MD, MPH - Dean College of Public Health

Dr. Khan's professional career has focused on emerging infectious diseases, bioterrorism and global health security...

Mark G. Kortepeter, MD, MPH - Professor

Dr. Kortepeter has specific expertise and interest in the pathophysiology of Ebola virus infection, care for patients with highly hazardous....

Tricia D. LeVan, PhDAssociate Professor

Genomic Medicine, Genetic Epidemiology. Gene by environment interactions in COPD and Asthma. Functional genomic studies. Genetic and epigenetic influences of pathogen colonization in the lung...

Deborah Levy, PhD, MPH - Chair & Professor

Her primary interest has been on working with communities to assist them with integrating planning of the public health, healthcare, emergency medical services, and emergency management sectors to improve responses to public health emergencies....

Sharon Medcalf, PhD - Assistant Professor

Disaster and emergency preparedness...

Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, PhD - Vice-Chair and Professor, Graduate Program Director

Psychiatric services research with focus on adults with serious mental illness and of childhood mental disorder early intervention...

Affiliated Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

  • Carol Allensworth, PhD, Douglas County Health Department, Omaha NE
  • Rana J Asghar, PhD
  • Bryan Buss, PhD, Public Health Veterinarian, Department of Health and Human Services, Lincoln NE
  • Rashid Chotani, Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
  • Debora Barnes-Josiah, PhD
  • Veenu Minhas, PhD, MPH
  • Anne O'Keefe, MD, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist, Douglas County Health Department, Omaha NE
  • Thomas Safranek, MD, State Epidemiologist, Department of Health and Human Services, Lincoln NE
  • Jordan W Tappero, PhD, Senior Advisor for Global Health, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Caitlyn Pedati, Medical Epidemiologist, Department of Health and Human Services, Lincoln NE

Courtesy Faculty

Emeritus Faculty


Administrative Staff

Sharon Barnett - Office Associate II

Provides administrative support to the EPI department

Jenelle Pomicter - Administrator I

Provides cost accounting, financial and analytical resources to the department.


Department of Epidemiology
College of Public Health
Department of Epidemiology
984395 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4395
Phone: 402-559-4248