Faculty & Staff

Dr. Robert W. Smith, Interim MPH Chair
Dean, College of Public Affairs & Administration
Office:  PAC 430
Phone:  217-206-6523
Email:  rsmit27@uis.edu

Cheng-Chia “Brian” Chen Ph.D
Associate Professor
Office: PAC 324
Phone: 217-206-8548
e-mail: Brian.Chen@uis.edu

Dr. Cheng-Chia “Brian” Chen is an Associate Professor of Public Health in the Department of Public Health at the University of Illinois-Springfield. He received a PhD in Health Behavior from the Department of Applied Health Science at Indiana University’s School of Public Health-Bloomington. He also earned two Master’s degrees in Applied Statistics and Sports management (Concentration: Sports Marketing) from Indiana University-Bloomington. Dr. Chen has developed a sustainable research program that focuses on health inequality, health policy analyses, e-Education, health promotion, and chronic disease prevention/control. His recent research projects include original studies to facilitate the understanding and application of social determinants of health (SDOH) and related public health interventions to enhance strategies for disease prevention, and health policy making from a multi-dimensional, social-ecological approaches. Dr. Chen has articles in peer-reviewed publications such as the International Journal of Health Services, the Health Education Journal, E-mentor Journal, and a chapter in Contemporary Issues in Public Health in North Africa and Middle East. He currently serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Public Health, British Medical Journal, and American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

Dr. Chen teaches graduate and undergraduate MPH (Master in Public Health) courses in Biostatistics, Health Economics, Food, Health and Public Policy, Human Well-Being: Determinants of Health & Health Disparities (in on-campus and blended settings). In 2017, he received the Burks Oakley II Distinguished Online Teaching Award. To learn more about Dr. Chen, please visit his professional website by clicking here.

Kathy DeBarr Ph.D
Associate Professor
Office: PAC 328
Phone: 217-206-7535
Email: debarr@uis.edu

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.

Egbe Egiebor Ph.D

Associate Professor & Director, Environmental Health Program

Office: PAC 320
Phone: 217-206-8146
Email: eegie2@uis.edu

Dr. Egbe Egiebor is an Associate Professor of Public Health in the College of Public Affairs and Administration. She received her PhD in Toxicology from the University of Maryland and an MS in Environmental Science from Tuskegee University.

Prior to joining UIS, Dr. Egiebor was a Public Health Assessor/ Toxicologist in the Department of Environmental Epidemiology at the Virginia Department of Health. Her research interests include studying the effects of different known chemicals and emerging contaminants of concern on humans and the environment. She is specifically interested in studying the mechanism by which chemicals induce toxic effects.

Dr. Egiebor teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Risk Assessment, Risk Management Communication and other environmental health courses. She received a National Institute of Health  (NIH) faculty fellowship in 2017.  She is a member of the Society of Toxicology,  American Cancer Association and the Association of public Health.

Lenore Killam, DPA
Clinical Instructor
Office: PAC 310
Phone: 217-206-6083
Email: lkill2@uis.edu

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 fifth degree black belt and Aikido instructor.

Dr. Yu-Sheng Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: PAC 352
Phone: 217-206-7874
Email: ylee317@uis.edu

Yu-Sheng Lee, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health. Dr. Lee received his doctoral degree at the University of Memphis and his master’s degrees at the Tulane University and at Taipei Medical University. After his graduate training, he completed postdoctoral work at the University of Memphis. His primary research interests include clinical epidemiology and epigenetic epidemiology in lung cancer and lung disease. He has been working with large datasets from longitudinal studies, e.g., the Mid-South Quality of Surgical Resection (MS-QSR) lung cancer cohort in US and the Isle of Wight Birth Cohort (IOWBC) in UK. Dr. Lee teaches Introduction to Public Health and MPH courses in Epidemiology.


PhD, Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

MS, Epidemiology, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

MS, Community Health, School of Public Health and Nutrition, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan


Dr. Junu Shrestha

Assistant Professor

Office: PAC 322

Phone: 217-206-8519

Email: jshre2@uis.edu

Junu Shreshta completed her EdD in Allied Health, Recreation, and Community Services, emphasizing Environmental Health Education from the University of Northern Iowa in 2018. Also, she has two master’s degrees, a Master of Science in Environmental Science with emphasis on Pollution Management from Kathmandu University, Nepal, and a Master of Science in Environmental Health from the University of Northern Iowa.

Before joining UIS, Dr. Shrestha was an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Northern Iowa. She also worked at the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) as a research consultant.

Her research interest includes public health impacts from environmental contaminants such as heavy metal, nitrates/nitrites, neonicotinoids, and other pesticides. She is also interested in using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for environmental and public health mapping, climate change, and secondary data analysis.

She teaches core courses and electives for Environmental Health Major.

Abby MifflinAbby Mifflin
MPH Online Coordinator
Office: PAC 326 / MS PAC 350
Phone: 217-206-8524
Email:  awald3@uis.edu


Jillian Briggs
Undergraduate Program/Student Adviser – Public Health Minor
Office:  PAC 307, MS PAC 350
Phone: (217) 206-6561
Email:  jhelm3@uis.edu


Public Health Adjunct Instructors


Sharron LaFollette, PhD
Associate Professor Emeritus
Email: slafo1@uis.edu

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. She is in her fourth year as General Chair of the Environmental Health Accrediting Council (her 9th year on the Council). She is past-president of the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs, and the Illinois Environmental Health Association.

Dorene E. Campbell, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
E-mail: dcamp4@uis.edu

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.  She worked 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. 


Shahram Heshmat, PhD

Associate Professor Emeritus
Email: shesh1@uis.edu

Dr. Heshmat  earned his doctorate 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
Email: mhill29@uis.edu

Mark Hilliard  joined the faculty as an online adjunct in January 2015 teaching MPH 441 Human Well Being.  He received his BA in biology and Master of Public Health degree, both 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 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 Professor
Email: jleon20@uis.edu

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 Professor
Email: gmich1@uis.edu

Prof. 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 communication activities for Superfund sites and other locations
· Developed Hazard Mitigation Plans and other emergency management plans for counties in Il
· Designed and implemented a pioneering air pollution control project for four municipalities 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 at UIS since 2001.

Marissa Alexander Scott, MPH, DVM
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Email: mscot3@uis.edu

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.

Dr. Alexander Scott served as an Epidemiology Assistant for the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination and as a Ferguson Fellow for the Influenza International Epidemiology and Response Team at CDC Atlanta.  She later worked with the Biomonitoring Research Team as a Guest Researcher at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Cincinnati.

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).


Jason Scott, M.Sc., MPH, MBA
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Email: jscot3@uis.edu

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.

Prof. Scott 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.


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