Public Health Faculty
|Josiah Alamu, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair, Public Health Department
Office: PAC 320
Dr. Josiah Alamu received his PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Iowa (2009) and his MPH from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (2003). He completed his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from the Obafemi Awolowo University Ife, Nigeria in 1994 after working as an Environmental Health Officer with the Ministry of Health Ibadan, Nigeria. He has his Diploma in Public Health from the School of Health Technology, Ilea, Nigeria in 1987. Dr. Alamu lectured basic sciences, introduction to epidemiology, and waste management at School of Public Health – Gambia College Brian, The Gambia between 1998 and 2001. Dr. Alamu’s interest is in epidemiology of anti microbial use, recreational drug use/abuse, and hepatitis C.
|Dorine J. Brand, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Office: PAC 352
e-mail: dbrand5 at uis.edu
Dr. Dorine Brand is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Springfield. She completed her education at the University of Illinois receiving her Ph.D. in Community Health (Urbana-Champaign), a Master of Public Health (Chicago) and a Bachelor of Science in Community Health (Urbana-Champaign).
Dr. Brand’s primary interests include exploring mechanisms that will help reduce health disparities between racial groups, developing effective behavioral strategies to improve poor health outcomes for minorities, and implementing health promotion activities to foster healthy lifestyles. Dr. Brand examines the role of faith-based organizations in facilitating health programming within the African American community. Additionally, she teaches community health-related courses and has an emphasis in campus and community outreach.
Cheng-Chia B. Chen
Office: PAC 324
Dr. Cheng-Chia B. Chen holds a Ph.D. in Health Behavior from Indiana University’s School of Public Health-Bloomington. He also earned two Master’s degrees in Applied Statistics and Kinesiology from Indiana University-Bloomington as well.
Dr. Chen’s research is broadly focused on obesity and health policy analyses. His recent research projects include investigating and developing a better understanding of social determinants of obesity and related health conditions to enhance strategies for intervention, prevention, and health policy making from multidimensional approaches. In addition, his other project examines effectiveness of health policies regarding the impact due to the implementation of various health programs.
Kathy DeBarr PhD, MS
Office: PAC 328
Dr. Kathy DeBarr is Associate Professor of Public Health at University of Illinois at Springfield in Springfield, Illinois. She previously served as the Chair of the UIS Health Services Administration Department. She has served as a peer reviewer for several academic journals, including International Electronic Journal of Health Education, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Healthcare Management, and the American Journal of College Health, as well as Films for the Humanities and Sciences.
Dr. DeBarr has published articles in the following academic journals: The Journal of Health Administration Education, Journal of Safety Research, the American Journal of Health Education, California Journal of Health Promotion, and the Journal of School Health. Her 2004 article A review of current health education theories for the Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 2(1), 74-87 is used in the Psychological Factors in Health and Illness course at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She is a past nominee for the CASE National Excellence in Teaching Award.
Most significantly, Dr. DeBarr has earned a number of certificates from the Sloan Consortium for Online teaching, and is a member of the New Century Learning Consortium. Dr. DeBarr holds membership in the American Public Health Association, the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the American Association for Health Education, and the Society for Public Health Education.
|Lenore Killam, MA
Office: PAC 310
Lenore Killam joined the faculty July 1, 2011 to coordinate the internship program and teach environmental health courses. She has a long history with UIS. She received her B. A. in Biology and her M. A. in Environmental Studies when UIS was Sangamon State University. She received a graduate certificate in Environmental Risk Assessment in 2007, and is currently a Doctoral candidate here at UIS.
Before joining the faculty, she served for five years as the Online Coordinator for the Department of Public Health and the Department of Environmental Studies. She previously served as the the Industrial Hygienist and Manager of the Illinois Department of Labor Safety Inspection and Education Division.
Her research interests include risk sciences, emergency preparedness, occupational and environmental health and safety, and community education. She is currently the Central Chapter Director of the Illinois Environmental Health Association.
Lenore is also a fourth degree black belt and Aikido instructor.
Dr. Kristin M. Osiecki earned her M.S. and Ph.D. at the UIC School of Public Health with an emphasis on Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Dr. Osiecki’s research examines cumulative impact models to investigate the spatial relationship between environmental burden, disadvantage and negative health outcomes in urban areas.
She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Kinder Institute for Urban Health at Rice University in Houston, Texas and currently works with an interdisciplinary team that investigates pollution burden and chronic/acute illness in the Houston area.
At UIS, she will focus on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in public health research.