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

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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

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Jennie L. Hill, PhD - Associate Professor

Interest & Focus Areas: Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) | Built Environment Assessment | Influence of Built Environment on Behavior

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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

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Tricia D. LeVan, PhDAssociate Professor

Interest & Focus Areas: Genomic Medicine | Genetic Epidemiology | Environment Interactions in COPD & Asthma | Functional Genomic Studies | Genetic and Epigenetic Influences of Pathogen Colonization in the Lungs

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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

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Rachel Lookadoo, JD - Instructor

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

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David Brett-Major, MD MPH - Professor

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

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Sharon Medcalf, PhD - Assistant Professor, Director for the Center of Biosecurity, Biopreparedness, & Emerging Infectious Diseases

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

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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

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Kendra L. Ratnapradipa, PhD - Assistant Professor

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

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

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

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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

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Affiliated Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

    • Carol Allensworth, PhD, Douglas County Health Department, Omaha NE
    • Rana J Asghar, PhD
    • Marvin J Bittner, 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, Sr. Epidemiologist  at Island Data Services, Bellingham, WA
    • 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
    • Gary Gorby, PhD
    • Thomas Safranek, MD, Retired 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, MD, State of Iowa Epidemiologist and Medical Director for the State Public Health Department

Courtesy Faculty

Emeritus Faculty



Krista Brown Program Manager for the Center for Biosecurity, Biopreparedness, and Emerging Infectious Diseases (BBEID)

Interest & Focus Areas: Program Management

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Jenelle Pomicter - Administrator I

Interest & Focus Areas: Cost Accounting

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