Faculty & Staff

Department of Epidemiology faculty, staff and their research interest:


 Evi Farazi, PhD - Tim Hawks Chair in Cancer Prevention and Population Science, Associate Professor

Interest & Focus Areas: Cancer Prevention | Genetic & Environmental Factors in Cancer Development


Joseph R. Fauver, PhD - Assistant Professor

Interest & Focus Areas: Pathogen Genomics & Bioinformatics | Genomic Epidemiology | SARS-CoV-2 Transmission Dynamics | Genomics of Infectious Disease Control Programs | Mosquito-borne Pathogens


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

Interest & Focus Areas: Crisis management | Public Health & Healthcare Readiness| Crisis Leadership | Disaster Planning


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

Interest & Focus Areas: Pandemic Preparedness | Emerging Infectious Diseases | Bio-terrorism | Global Health Security


Deborah Levy, PhD, MPH - Professor, Co-Director for the Center of Biosecurity, Biopreparedness, & Emerging Infectious Diseases

Interest & Focus Areas: Preparedness & Disaster PlanningPublic Health & Healthcare Readiness | Emerging Infectious Diseases


Rachel Lookadoo, JD - Assistant Professor

Interest & Focus Areas: Public Health Law | Disaster Preparedness | Isolation & Quarantine Measures | Climate, Extreme Weather, and Climate Change


David Brett-Major, MD MPH - Professor

Interest & Focus Areas: Infectious Diseases | Health Emergency Risk Management | Internal Medicine | Medical Research | Tropical Medicine & Public Health


Sharon Medcalf, PhD - Associate Professor

Interest & Focus Areas: Disaster and Emergency Preparedness | Public Health & Healthcare Readiness


Abraham D Mengist, PhD - Assistant Professor

Interest & Focus Areas: Epidemiology of Malaria and Helminth | Diagnosis of Malaria and Helminth | Antimalarial and Antihelminthic Drug Efficacy | HPV Vaccination & Cervical Cancer Prevention | HIV Disease Progression


Edward S. Peters, DMD, SM, SM, ScD, FACE - Professor and Chair

Interest & Focus Areas: Cancer Research | Social Determinants of Disease Outcomes | Environmental Impact on Chronic Disease | Situational Health Disparities


Kendra L. Ratnapradipa, PhD - Assistant Professor

Interest & Focus Areas: Geospatial Influences on Health Disparities | Transportation as a Social Determinant Impacting the Cancer Care Continuum


Leslie Scofield, MPH - Director of First Responder Education, Instructor

Interest & Focus Areas: Mass Casualty Incidents | Public Health & Healthcare Readiness | Crisis Leadership


Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, PhD - Professor, Vice Chair, Associate Director for Community Outreach in the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center

Interest & Focus Areas: Substance Use Disorder Prevention | Self-management of mental illness | Rural Cancer Disparities Research



Kristin "Kris" Eschliman - Office Associate II for the Department of Epidemiology


Sierra Garth, MPH - Research Project Coordinator

Interest & Focus Areas: Social Epidemiology | Chronic and Infectious Disease Epidemiology | Emergency Preparedness | Health Disparities


Jenelle Pomicter - Administrator I

Interest & Focus Areas: Cost Accounting


Affiliated Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

  • Carol Allensworth, PhD, Douglas County Health Department, Omaha NE
  • Rana J Asghar, PhD
  • Debora Barnes-Josiah, PhD, Sr. Epidemiologist  at Island Data Services, Bellingham, WA
  • Bryan Buss, PhD, Public Health Veterinarian, Department of Health and Human Services, Lincoln NE
  • Theodore Cieslak, MPH
  • Rashid Chotani, Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
  • Matthew Donahue, MD, State Epidemiologist - Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
  • Jill Hanson, MD
  • Jennie L. Hill, PhD 
  • Karen Jones, MD
  • Tricia D. LeVan, PhD
  • Paul Levine, MD
  • Patrick Maloney, PhD
  • Veenu Minhas, PhD, MPH - Research Scientist at Charles River Laboratories, Lima, OH
  • Anne O'Keefe, MD, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist, Douglas County Health Department, Omaha NE
  • Mac Otten, MPH
  • Caitlyn Pedati, MD, State of Iowa Epidemiologist and Medical Director for the State Public Health Department
  • Thomas Safranek, MD, Retired State Epidemiologist, Department of Health and Human Services, Lincoln NE
  • Sudhir Satpathy, MD
  • Jordan W Tappero, PhD, Senior Advisor for Global Health, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • J. Todd Weber, MD, FACP, FIDSA, Captain (Retired), US Public Health Service

Courtesy Faculty

Emeritus Faculty


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