At the University of Michigan School of Public Health, more than 200 professors and research scientists teach tomorrow’s public health leaders and perform cutting-edge research that helps advance the field of public health. Many faculty members are leading experts in their fields who consult with governments, communities, and nongovernmental organizations.

Meet Our Faculty


Faculty who have expertise in Aging

Sara Adar Sara Dubowsky Adar, ScD, MHS
  • Associate Professor, Epidemiology
  • Associate Chair, Epidemiology
  • Associate Professor, Global Public Health

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Air Quality, Brain Disorders, Chronic Disease, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Global Public Health, Health Equity, Modeling

Kelly Bakulski Kelly M. Bakulski, PhD
  • Associate Professor, Epidemiology
  • Data Management and Statistical Core Leader, Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Brain Disorders, Chronic Disease, Environmental Health, Epigenetics, Genetics, Genomics, Health Equity, Mental Health, Precision Health, Reproductive Health, Toxicology

F. DuBois Bowman F. DuBois Bowman, PhD
  • Dean, School of Public Health
  • Roderick J. Little Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Biostatistics, Brain Disorders, Mental Health, Substance Use

Dave Bridges Dave Bridges, PhD
  • Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Air Quality, Chronic Disease, Diabetes, Genetics, Maternal Health, Nutrition, Precision Health, Reproductive Health

Linda Chatters Linda M. Chatters, PhD
  • Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Paula Allen-Meares Collegiate Professor of Social Work

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Health Equity, Racism

Cathleen Connell Cathleen M Connell, PhD, MS
  • Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Chronic Disease, Mental Health

Michael Elliott Michael R. Elliott, PhD
  • Professor, Biostatistics
  • Research Professor, Survey Methodology

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Biostatistics, Child Health, Clinical Trials, COVID-19, Health Policy, Maternal Health, Substance Use, Women’s Health

Scott Greer Scott L. Greer, PhD
  • Professor Health Management and Policy
  • Professor, Global Public Health
  • Professor (by courtesy), Political Science

Areas of Expertise
Aging, COVID-19, Global Public Health, Health Policy

Mary Janevic Mary Janevic, PhD, MPH
  • Research Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Chronic Disease, Health Equity

Jian Kang Jian Kang, PhD, MS
  • Professor, Biostatistics

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Biostatistics, Child Health, COVID-19, Health Informatics, Infectious Disease, Mental Health, Precision Health, Substance Use

Carrie Karvonen-Gutierrez Carrie A Karvonen-Gutierrez, PhD, MPH
  • Associate Professor, Epidemiology
  • Associate Chair for Faculty Affairs, Epidemiology

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Chronic Disease, COVID-19, Diabetes, Environmental Health, Health Equity, Reproductive Health, Sleep, Women’s Health

Lindsay Kobayashi Lindsay C Kobayashi, PhD, MSc
  • John G. Searle Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
  • Faculty Affiliate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research
  • Assistant Professor of Global Public Health
  • Co-Director, Certificate in Social Epidemiology

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Brain Disorders, Cancer, Chronic Disease, Global Public Health, Health Equity, Social Epidemiology

Aleda (Allie) Leis Aleda (Allie) M. Leis, PhD, MS
  • Research Investigator, Epidemiology

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Biostatistics, Chronic Disease, COVID-19, Diabetes, Health Informatics, Precision Health, Respiratory Viruses, Social Epidemiology, Vaccines, Women’s Health

Roshanak Mehdipanah Roshanak Mehdipanah, PhD, MS
  • Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Environmental Health, Health Equity, Racism, Urban Health

Briana Mezuk Briana Mezuk, PhD
  • Professor, Epidemiology
  • Director, Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health [on sabbatical 2023-2024]

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Health Equity, Mental Health, Social Epidemiology, Substance Use

Belinda Needham Belinda L. Needham, PhD, MA
  • Chair, Epidemiology
  • Associate Professor, Epidemiology

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Health Equity, Racism, Social Epidemiology

Edward Norton Edward C Norton, PhD
  • UnitedHealthcare Professor of Health Care Management
  • Professor, Health Management and Policy
  • Professor, Economics

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Health Care, Health Economics

Sung Kyun Park Sung Kyun Park, ScD, MPH
  • Associate Professor, Epidemiology
  • Associate Chair, Epidemiology
  • Director of Masters Studies, Epidemiology
  • Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
  • Affiliated Faculty, Kresge Hearing Research Institute, University of Michigan, Medical School

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Chronic Disease, Environmental Health, Women’s Health

John Piette John Piette, PhD, MPH
  • Professor, Health Behavior Health Education
  • Professor, Global Public Health
  • Director, UM Center for Managing Chronic Disease
  • VA Senior Career Scientist

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Chronic Disease, Global Public Health, Health Care, Health Communication, Health Informatics, Mental Health, Opioids, Precision Health

Scott Roberts Scott Roberts, PhD
  • Interim Chair and Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Director, ELSI Research Training Program
  • Co-Director, Dual Degree Program in Public Health and Genetic Counseling

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Genetics, Health Communication, Mental Health, Precision Health

Edward Ruiz-Narvaez Edward A Ruiz-Narvaez, ScD, MS
  • Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Chronic Disease, Genetics, Nutrition

Young Ah Seo Young Ah Seo, PhD
  • Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Chronic Disease, Child Health, Environmental Health, Genetics, Nutrition, Precision Health

Jennifer Smith Jennifer A Smith, PhD, MPH
  • Associate Professor of Epidemiology
  • Research Associate Professor, Survey Research
  • Director, Certificate in Public Health Genetics

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Brain Disorders, Chronic Disease, Diabetes, Epigenetics, Genetics, Genomics, Health Equity, Precision Health, Social Epidemiology

Peter Song Peter X. K. Song, PhD
  • Professor, Biostatistics

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Biostatistics, Chronic Disease, Child Health, COVID-19, Environmental Health, Infectious Disease, Nutrition

Xin Wang Xin Wang, PhD, MPH
  • Research Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Chronic Disease, Diabetes, Environmental Health, Health Equity, Mental Health, Nutrition, Precision Health, Reproductive Health, Women’s Health

Ashly Westrick Ashly Westrick, PhD, MPH
  • Research Investigator

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Cancer, Health Equity, Social Epidemiology

Zhenke Wu Zhenke Wu, PhD
  • Associate Professor, Biostatistics

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Biostatistics, Child Health, Clinical Trials, COVID-19, Health Informatics, Infectious Disease, Mental Health, Precision Health, Substance Use

Donglin Zeng Donglin Zeng, PhD
  • Professor, Biostatistics

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Biostatistics, Brain Disorders, Cancer, Chronic Disease, Clinical Trials, COVID-19, Diabetes, Environmental Health, Genetics, Global Public Health, Health Care, Health Equity, Health Informatics, Mental Health, Modeling, Nutrition, Precision Health, Substance Use, Vaccines, Women’s Health

John Ayanian John Z. Ayanian, MD, MPP
  • Alice Hamilton Distinguished University Professor of Medicine and Healthcare Policy

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Cancer, Chronic Disease, Health Care, Health Equity, Health Insurance, Health Policy

Mark Bicket Mark C. Bicket, MD, PhD, FASA
  • Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
  • Associate Professor, Health Management and Policy

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Chronic Disease, COVID-19, Health Care, Health Policy, Opioids, Substance Use, Women’s Health

HwaJung Choi HwaJung Choi, PhD
  • Research Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
  • Research Associate Professor, Health Management and Policy
  • Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Brain Disorders, COVID-19, Global Public Health, Health Care, Health Policy

Philippa Clarke Philippa Janet Clarke, PhD, MSc
  • Professor, Epidemiology
  • Research Professor, Institute for Social Research

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Health Equity, Urban Health

Andrzej Galecki Andrzej T Galecki, MD, PhD
  • Research Professor, Internal Medicine, Geriatric and Palliative Medicine
  • Research Professor, Biostatistics

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Biostatistics

Carina Gronlund Carina J. Gronlund, PhD, MPH
  • Research Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
  • Research Assistant Professor, Institute for Social Research, Survey Research Center

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Air Quality, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Health Economics

Preeti Malani headshot Preeti Malani, MD, MS, MSJ

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Infectious Disease

Lona Mody Lona Mody, MD, MSc
  • Professor, Epidemiology
  • Amanda Sanford Hickey Professor of Internal Medicine

Areas of Expertise
Aging

Michael Thompson Michael Thompson, PhD, MPH
  • Assistant Professor, Health Management and Policy
  • Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
  • Assistant Professor, Cardiac Surgery
  • Director of Analytic Strategy, Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy
  • Co-Director, Michigan Value Collaborative

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Chronic Disease, Health Care, Health Informatics, Health Policy

Lauren Wallner Lauren Wallner, PhD, MPH
  • Associate Professor, Epidemiology
  • Associate Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine
  • Co-lead, Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program, Rogel Cancer Center

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Cancer, Health Care, Health Communication, Health Equity

Wei Zhao Wei Zhao, PhD
  • Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
  • Research Assistant Professor, Institute for Social Research

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Chronic Disease, Child Health, Epigenetics, Genetics, Health Equity, Mental Health, Precision Health, Reproductive Health, Social Epidemiology, Substance Use

Khaldun Joneigh S. Khaldun, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAAEM
  • Adjunct Professor, Health Management and Policy
  • Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer, CVS Health
  • Appointee, Biden-Harris Administration COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Child Health, COVID-19, Health Equity, Health Policy

Marianne Udow-Phillips Marianne Udow-Phillips, MHSA
  • Lecturer, Health Policy and Management
  • Senior Advisor, Center for Health and Research Transformation

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Health Care, Health Policy, Substance Use

Lawrence Bielak Lawrence F Bielak, DDS, MPH
  • Associate Research Scientist Emeritus, Epidemiology

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Chronic Disease, Genetics, Women’s Health

Brant Fries Brant E. Fries, PhD, LLD (hc)
  • Professor Emeritus, Health Management and Policy
  • Research Professor Emeritus, Institute of Gerontology

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Child Health, COVID-19, Global Public Health, Health Care, Health Policy, Mental Health

Siobán D. Harlow Siobán D. Harlow, PhD
  • Professor Emeritus, Epidemiology
  • Professor Emeritus, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Professor Emeritus, Global Public Health

Areas of Expertise
Aging, Reproductive Health, Women’s Health

Rudy Richardson Rudy J. Richardson, ScD, DABT
  • Dow Professor Emeritus, Toxicology
  • Associate Professor Emeritus, Neurology

Areas of Expertise
Aging, COVID-19, Environmental Health, Infectious Disease, Modeling, Toxicology