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Faculty, including the affiliated faculty from the School of Medicine, are involved in federally funded research, which gives students hands-on opportunities to do nationally prioritized research.

Lori Dewald, Assistant Professor of Practice

Public Health

Professional Interests:

  • Traditional college students/student athletes health
  • Judging Coordinator for National Student Case Study Competition in Health Education
  • Journal of Health Education Teaching Editor-in-Chief


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Jeffery Evans, Instructor

Public Health

Professional Interests: 

  • First Aid and CPR
  • Health welfare


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SIU Public Health Jeffery Evans

Office: Pulliam 314
Email: ejeffery@siu.edu

Gabriele Hoffmann, MPH Program Director

Public Health

Professional Interests:

  • Experiential Learning
  • Fieldwork Placement and Supervision
  • Rural Health


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Gabriele Hoffman

Office:  Pulliam 308B
gabriele.hoffmann@siu.edu

Wiley Jenkins, Ph.D., M.P.H., FACE, Division Chief, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

SIU School of Medicine, Public Health Affiliated Faculty

My route to academia is somewhat unconventional. I graduated with a double major in chemistry and biology in 1991 and entered the laboratory workforce at Washington University School of Medicine. This was soon followed by 13 years in the Illinois Department of Public Health laboratories. There I began as an environmental chemist and eventually become both state laboratory bioterrorism coordinator and laboratory operations manager. During this time I also received a CDC scholarship for graduate studies at Tulane University. From 1999-2002 I completed coursework towards a MPH. I then began doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and received my PhD in 2007. This coincided with my joining the SIU Department of Family and Community Medicine as Research Director. My specific research interests (comprising the bulk of my publications) are in the areas of STD epidemiology and cancer disparities. STD research has examined, among other things, the integration of screening interventions in clinical settings, and large scale intervention evaluation at the university campus and regional scale. Cancer disparities explore rural/urban differences in risk, how they might be mitigated, and the influence of STDs (specifically chlamydia and HPV) in oral cancers. More recent work examines disease transmission among injection drug users in rural communities. In 2017, I became a fellow in the America College of Epidemiology.



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SIU Public Health School of Medicine Wiley Jenkins

Phone: 217-545-8717
Email: wjenkins@siumed.edu

Miriam Link-Mullison, Adjunct Instructor

Public Health

Professional interests:

  • Rural health
  • Coalition building
  • Public health administration
  • Workforce development


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SIU Public Health Miriam Link-Mullison

Office: Pulliam 216B
Email: miriam.link-mullison@siu.edu

Justin McDaniel, Associate Professor

Public Health

Professional Interests: 

  • Military service members and veterans 
  • Implementation Science
  • Health geography and geographic information systems (GIS) 


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SIU Public Health Justin McDaniel

Office: Pulliam 319
Email: jtmcd@siu.edu
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Keisha Robinson, Assistant Professor of Practice

Public Health

Professional Interests:

  • Public Health Interventions
  • Epidemiological health disparities and inequities dealing with chronic disease among women and minorities


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Heather Tillewein, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Practice, B.S. Program Director

Public Health

Professional Interests:

  • LGBTQIA+ Health
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Mental Health


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Sameer Vohra, M.D., Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Medical Humanities and Law; Chair, Department of Population Science and Policy

SIU School of Medicine, Public Health Affiliated Faculty

Sameer Vohra, MD, JD, MA, FAAP is the Founding Chair of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s (SIU SOM) Department of Population Science and Policy, a research and policy academic department aiming to improve health outcomes in central and southern Illinois.  A general pediatrician, Dr. Vohra is also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Humanities, and Law.  Dr. Vohra completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Chicago.  He earned a Master of Arts in public policy at the University of Chicago, a medical doctorate at SIU SOM, a juris doctorate, graduating first in his class, at SIU School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Science in Human Culture with honors at Northwestern University.



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SIU Public Health School of Medicine Dr. Sameer Vohra

Meredith Volle, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics; Education Director, Population Science and Policy

SIU School of Medicine, Public Health Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Meredith Volle is an assistant professor of pediatrics at SIU School of Medicine in the primary care and newborn services division. She completed her medical degree, residency, and chief residency at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL. Dr. Volle also serves as the Education Director for the Department of Population Science and Policy at SIU. She also earned a Master's in Public Health degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She is a proponent of breastfeeding support for newborns and their families, and her research interests include safe sleep education and prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. She is also President of the Ann T. Havey Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides clothing and supplies to families of newborns.



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SIU Public Health School of Medicine Dr. Meredith Volle