Faculty & Staff

Department of Epidemiology faculty, staff and their research interest:

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

Interest & Focus Areas: Public Health Education | Infectious Diseases | Disease Prevention

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 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
    • 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, MD, State of Iowa Epidemiologist and Medical Director for the State Public Health Department

Courtesy Faculty

Emeritus Faculty



Sharon Barnett - Office Associate II

Interest & Focus Areas: Provides administrative support to the EPI department


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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