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Department of Public Health University of Illinois Springfield

Faculty Overview

Public Health Faculty

Josiah Alamu, PhD
Assistant Professor and Chair
Office: PAC 320
Phone: 217/206-8485
Josiah Alamu, Ph.D.

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.
Assistant Professor
Office: PAC 352
Phone: 217/206-7874
e-mail: dbrand5 at
Dr. Dorine Brand

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.

Kathy DeBarr PhD, MS
Associate Professor
Office: PAC 328
Phone: 217/206-7535

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 taught numerous courses in Health Services Administration and currently teaches Health Education and Research Methods. 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. She 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. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 2(1), 74-87 is used in the Psychological Factors in Health and Illness course at the Bloom berg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She is a past nominee for the CASE National Excellence in Teaching Award. 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 KillamLenore Killam, MA
Clinical Instructor
Office: PAC 310
Phone: 217/206-6083

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.

Sharron LaFolletteSharron LaFollette, PhD
Associate Professor Emeritus
Office: PAC 306
Phone: 217/ 206-6720

Dr. Sharron LaFollette joined the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2001. She retired May 2015. Before coming to UIS, she taught and was director of the Environmental Health Program at Illinois State University for eight years. Prior to joining academia, she spent eight years in Illinois government conducting multi-media risk assessments for all hazards and providing risk communication and environmental and occupational health educational programs for physicians, public health professionals, and the general public. While in Illinois government, she worked at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Abandoned Mined Lands Reclamation Council, and Illinois Department of Public Health. At UIS she teaches courses in environmental risk assessment, toxicology, air quality, and solid and hazardous waste at the graduate level. She is in her fourth year as General Chair of the EHAC and her ninth year on the Council. She is past-president of the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs, and the Illinois Environmental Health Association. She is currently director at large of the Illinois Environmental Health Association. Her research and consulting is in risk evaluation, risk communication, workforce development, indoor air quality impact on health, and radon levels.

Public Health Adjunct Faculty

Dorene E. Campbell, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Office: PAC 309
Phone: 217/206-6720

Dr. Campbell joined the Department as Adjunct Assistant Professor in 2011. She received her doctorate in Health Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, with an emphasis in Community Health. She received both a B.A. and M.A. in Biology from the University of Illinois Springfield. Dr. Campbell has taught Global Environmental Health, Introduction to Global Health, Addiction, Community Health Research Methods and Epidemiology.

Her experience includes 22 years in various state agencies as a public health program evaluator, research scientist and program administrator. She owns a private consulting business and has served as a contractor for: Illinois Department of Public Health, IPLAN Program; Illinois Department on Aging, Long Term Care Ombudsman Program; New Mexico Department of Health; Bernalillo County Health Department; and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD). She completed a contract in 2011 with the W.H. Kellogg Foundation as Project Manager to coordinate the development of a two-year training curriculum for dental therapists, which culminated in a Special Supplemental Issue of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry. Dr. Campbell recently completed a project with AAPHD that resulted in the development of 3 training videos for dental students.

Shahram Heshmat, PhD

Associate Professor Emeritus
Office: PAC 330Shahram Heshmat-1
Phone: 217/206-6720

Shahram Heshmat is a Ph.D. in Managerial Economics from Reseller Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He has been teaching for over 20 years. His specialty is Health Economics. Courses include Addiction, Public Health Economics, Food & Health, and Human Well-Being. His research interests focus on addictive behavior from behavioral economics perspective. Behavioral economics blends insights of psychology and economics. His passion is to make economic education relevant and interdisciplinary for non-majors and to reach a broader audience. Dr. Heshmat retired from UIS in May 2014.

Mark Hilliard, MPH, CHES

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Office: PAC 309

Phone: 217/206-6720MarkHilliard


Mark Hilliard joined the faculty as an online adjunct in January 2015 teaching MPH 441 Human Well Being. He received his BA in biology at UIS (formerly Sangamon State University) and a MPH at UIS. He also holds the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential. Prior to joining UIS, Mr. Hilliard worked in state and local government for 34 years, the last 15 years in public health. He spent four years with the Illinois Department of Public Health as chief of the divisions of Health Promotion/Education and Injury and Violence Prevention. In 2014 he retired as the director of the Logan County Department of Public Health in Lincoln, IL.

While at IDPH, Mr. Hilliard served as the department’s chief health educator and represented Illinois as the state delegate to the national Directors of Health Promotion and Education. Programs under his supervision at IDPH were physical activity, nutrition, injury, violence, and SAFE Kids. While at Logan County he served on the Illinois Terrorism Task Force, the board of the Illinois Public Health Mutual Aid System, and nine years as Treasurer of the Illinois Public Health Association.

James Leonard, MPH

Adjunct Assistant ProfessorJames Leonard

Phone: 217/206/6720


James currently serves as the Public Health Manager for Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia includes the management of all public health operations across 2 fleets consisting of 21 ships and Alaska/Yukon operations consisting of a rail system and 11 hotels. Some of the major components of our Public Health Program include Disease Surveillance, Outbreak Prevention and Control, Food Safety, Potable Water, Recreational Water, and Integrated Pest Management. A summary of my duties includes serving as the Company’s public health subject matter expert on interpretation of international and local regulatory requirements, liaising with international public health officials to develop and interpret public health standards, meeting with international groups to design future vessels, management of professional and para-professional personnel, and additional duties of administration as required. James has taught MPH 222 and MPH 450.

Greg R. Michaud

Adjunct Assistant ProfessorMichaud

Phone: 217/529-4534


Greg R. Michaud conducts risk management and risk communication projects primarily serving federal, state and local governments. He has received local and state recognition including international acclaim for his work in the Great Lakes region by the United States and Canadian governments.

Through his 24 years with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and 14 years as a consultant, he has helped protect public health and the environment. These accomplishments include:

· Conducted risk assessment and risk communication activities for Superfund sites and other locations

· Developed Hazard Mitigation Plans and other associated emergency management plans for counties in Il

· Designed and implemented a pioneering air pollution control project used by four municipalities in N. Illinois

· Provided risk communication training to five state and federal agencies

· Directed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) studies for major infrastructure projects

He has taught Risk Management & Communication since 2001 at UIS where he has helped many students find employment following graduation.

Marissa Alexander Scott, MPH, DVM

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Phone: 217/206/6720

PAC 309


Marissa Alexander-Scott came to the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) after earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University and a Master of Science degree in Forensic Toxicology (Veterinary Medical Sciences) from the University of Florida. While working on her Master of Public Health degree, she secured opportunities with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. She served as an Epidemiology Assistant for the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE) and as a Ferguson Fellow for the Influenza International Epidemiology and Response Team (IERT) at CDC Atlanta. She later worked with the Biomonitoring Research Team as a Guest Researcher at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Cincinnati. Upon graduation, Marissa returned to this team through JAB Solutions as a Researcher/Public Health Advisor. Her current research and publication areas focus on oil and gas worker safety and health as well as direct reading/ point of care instruments for chemical exposure and health assessment in various workers. Since food safety and availability is another topic she is interested in, Marissa consults with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). She hopes to eventually join the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

Over the years, Marissa has worked in private practice, academia, and industry. As of November 2013, she joined the faculty at UIS as an Online Associate Assistant Professor. She has taught classes in policy and chemical exposures in humans. She has advised several students on scholarship, internship, and career opportunities. She will be taking on an additional class in food safety during the upcoming school year. She has taught MPH 450 and MPH 482.

Jason Scott, M.Sc., MPH, MBA

Adjunct Assistant ProfessorJason Scott

Phone: 217/206/6720


Jason serves as Director of Healthcare Informatics for Magellan Health and is responsible for developing and implementing Magellan’s comprehensive clinical analytic strategy under the direction of the Chief Medical Officer. Jason serves as the Chief Medical Officer’s representative and ambassador to internal and external constituents as directed.

Jason graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, completed his Master of Public Health degree at the University of Illinois, completed his Master of Business Administration degree at Texas A&M University, and completed his Master of Science degree in Pharmacy at the University of Florida. Jason is a member of the American Statistical Association, the American Medical Informatics Association, the American Public Health Association, the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, and the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. Jason has taught MPH 478 and MPH 508.

Public Health Staff

L. K. “Bud” Price
Office Manager
Office: PAC 309
Phone: 217-206-6720
Bud Price