The faculty of the Master of Public Health in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program brings a wealth of experience in teaching, research and public health leadership. As part of the problem-based learning approach of the COPHP program, faculty members serve not only as instructors but also as facilitators, helping students develop their own solutions to the complex challenges of public health practice.
Amy Hagopian – Director
Amy Hagopian is an associate professor in the Department of Health Services and the Department of Global Health and is the director of the COPHP program. She also serves as a technical adviser to Health Alliance International, a UW center that works with ministries of health around the world to improve population health. Hagopian seeks to elevate the visibility of war as a public health problem. In 2005, she led a sister university collaboration with the University of Basrah in Iraq to bring academic public health professionals together despite war. Her main area of research involves health worker migration from low-income countries to wealthy countries. Hagopian is active in the American Public Health Association and serves on the board of College Access Now, an organization that works to assist low-income Seattle public high school students in attending college. She has an MHA and a Ph.D. in health services from the University of Washington.
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Katie Bell is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Services. She also formerly served as chief operating officer of Neighborcare Health, the largest provider of primary medical and dental care in Seattle for low-income and uninsured families and individuals. Prior to joining Neighborcare in 2005, Bell spent five years as the vice president of operations at Park Nicollet Health Services in Minnesota. Before that, she served on the administrative teams of two other health systems, Heartland Health System in Missouri and Staten Island University Hospital in New York. In 2012, Bell was elected to the board of trustees of Group Health, a nonprofit health care system serving Washington and Idaho. She earned an MHA and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
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Stephen Bezruchka is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services and the Department of Global Health. He worked in clinical medicine for 35 years, including more than a decade in Nepal, where he set up a hospital for training generalist doctors and worked to improve surgical services. Bezruchka is passionate about improving the health of populations, and he founded the Population Health Forum to promote dialogue about how political, economic and social inequalities interact to affect the overall health status of society. He was awarded the School of Public Health's Outstanding Teaching Award in 2002 and its Faculty Community Service Award in 2008. He has an MPH from Johns Hopkins University and a M.D. from Stanford University.
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Sharon Bogan is an affiliate instructor in the Department of Health Services and a program manager with the communications team at Public Health – Seattle & King County. She is a COPHP program graduate and brings that experience, along with her knowledge of current public health issues, to her facilitation of the COPHP community development block.
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Tania Busch Isaksen
Tania Busch Isaksen is a lecturer in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Health Services. In addition to her lecturer responsibilities, she maintains an active, practice-based research portfolio focused on measuring public health outcomes associated with extreme heat, climate change risk communication methods, and public health adaptation planning and response. She has more than 20 years of environmental public health experience working in local public, private and academic settings. Busch Isaksen earned a Ph.D. in environmental and occupational hygiene from the University of Washington, an MPH from UW’s Executive MPH program, and a B.S. in environmental health from Colorado State University. She is a longtime Registered Environmental Health Specialist.
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Susan Buskin is an affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and the Department of Health Services. She has worked as an HIV epidemiologist at Public Health – Seattle & King County since the late 1980s. Her research focuses mostly on HIV, with some overlapping infectious diseases including hepatitis and tuberculosis. She has served as a principal investigator on several HIV surveillance projects, including incidence and drug resistance surveillance. Buskin has also investigated clinical outcomes among individuals with HIV infection. Buskin earned a Ph.D. in epidemiology at the University of Washington.
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Elise Chayet is a clinical instructor in the Department of Health Services. She also serves as director of external and community affairs at Harborview Medical Center, the region's Level 1 Trauma Center and the largest safety net hospital in Washington state. Prior to joining Harborview in 1995, Chayet was the county division director at Public Health – Seattle & King County. Before her position in public health, Chayet provided advocacy for low-income residents in public entitlement programs and housing at Evergreen Legal Services. Chayet was appointed to the City of Seattle's Families and Education Levy Oversight Committee in 2011 to provide guidance to the city in its implementation of the levy and the Preschool for All program approved by the people of Seattle in 2014. Chayet also currently serves on the board of the Mockingbird Society, a nonprofit agency focused on improving the foster care system and addressing youth homelessness. She earned her MHA at the University of Washington.
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Bill Daniell, an associate professor emeritus in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, is a physician and epidemiologist with teaching, practical and research experience in environmental, occupational and general public health. He received the School of Public Health Outstanding Teaching Award in 2002 and 2011. Although Daniell is technically retired from the UW, he maintains active part-time faculty affiliations in teaching, mentorship and research roles. He is currently a member of the King County Board of Health. Daniell's current activities are mostly based in Washington state, but his other interests include environmental and occupational health problems in Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam. He earned an MPH at the University of Washington and a M.D. at Tufts University.
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Michelle Garrison, a principal investigator at Seattle Children’s Hospital, is an adjunct research associate professor in the Department of Health Services and a research associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. Her research focuses on the interactions between sleep, media use and physical activity and how these impact child and adolescent health and behavior. She has a Ph.D. in epidemiology and an MPH from the University of Washington.
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Karen Hartfield is a lecturer in the Department of Health Services and an administrator for the Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization Section of Public Health – Seattle & King County. She has worked in HIV prevention, communicable disease prevention, immunization promotion, asthma prevention and family planning in public health settings for more than two decades. She earned an MPH at the University of North Carolina.
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Jsani Henry is an affiliate instructor in the Department of Health Services and an information services coordinator with the HIV/STD Program at Public Health – Seattle & King County. A COPHP graduate, he serves as the program's practicum director. He has over 15 years of experience in the field of HIV and STD prevention and treatment, particularly with minority and marginalized populations. Henry has an MPH and a MSW from the University of Washington.
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Deb Hinchey is a clinical instructor in the Department of Health Services. A COPHP graduate, she is responsible for developing curriculum for and teaching the capstone project course. Hinchey was the director of health promotion at Seattle University for many years, where she focused on assessing college students' health needs and developing interventions to improve student health outcomes in areas such as sexual health, alcohol and other drug use, sexual assault and mental health. Hinchey earned an MPH from the University of Washington.
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Peter House is a senior lecturer emeritus in the Department of Health Services and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine. He has wide experience in strategic planning, program evaluation, meeting facilitation, community assessments, community development, rural health and community organizing. House earned his MHA at the University of Michigan.
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Chris Hurley is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Services. She has been an advocate and activist for improved health care for underserved populations in Seattle since the 1970s. Hurley was the founding director of the Pike Market Medical Clinic, a community health center serving downtown Seattle, and a cofounder of the Pike Place Market Foundation. She previously served as the administrator for Group Health Eastside Hospital. She was also the founding director of Bailey-Boushay House, a specialized care facility for people living with AIDS, and later served as CEO of Goosefoot Community Foundation, a community and economic development organization on Whidbey Island. Since 2010, Hurley has worked as a consultant to public and private health and human services organizations. She has an MHA from the University of Washington.
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Hilary Karasz, an affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Health Services, is a public information officer and communications consultant at Public Health – Seattle & King County. She has a particular interest in mobile health, and she studies the use of technologies such as text messaging to bridge communication gaps and reduce inequities across King County communities. In addition to teaching in the COPHP program, Karasz teaches health promotion and communication in the Executive MPH program. She is also a faculty researcher at the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, where she conducts research in emergency communications. Karasz earned a Ph.D. in communications at the University of Washington.
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One of the founders of the COPHP program, Aaron Katz is a principal lecturer in the Department of Health Services and an adjunct principal lecturer in the Department of Global Health and the School of Law. He has worked in health planning and policy in Washington state since 1978. From 1988 to 2003, he served as director of the UW Health Policy Analysis program. Katz received the Health Reform Leadership Award at the Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference in 2011, the American Public Health Association's Award for Excellence in 2006 and the UW School of Public Health's Outstanding Teaching Award in 2004. He earned a CPH at the University of Toronto.
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Gita Krishnaswamy is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services and associate director of instructional leadership for the Washington Alliance for Better Schools, a collaborative of public school districts working to close achievement and opportunity gaps for students historically underrepresented in higher education. She is an advocate for health in all policies, with particular expertise in policy development to student health outcomes in the K-12 setting. She has worked in both independent and public schools as a science teacher and as an administrator overseeing science and health education. She also consults with school districts implementing problem-based learning and offers professional development trainings on the interrelatedness of education and health. Krishnaswamy earned a M.Ed. at DePaul University and an MPH at the University of Washington.
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Eyob Mazengia is a clinical instructor in the Department of Health Services and an affiliate instructor in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences. An environmental/public health scientist for Public Health – Seattle & King County since 2000, he supervises senior- and mid-level public health investigators in the Environmental Health Division. Mazengia specializes in the fields of environmental health, microbiology and epidemiology. His interests also include laboratory detection and prevention of food and waterborne illnesses, detection and monitoring of pathogens in the environment, design of epidemiological studies and work on public health challenges affecting economically disadvantaged communities. Mazengia has a Ph.D. in environmental and public health epidemiology from the University of Washington.
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Ray (Bud) Nicola
Bud Nicola is an acting professor in the Department of Health Services. From 1991 to 2012, he worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most recently as a field assignee to the UW Northwest Center for Public Health Practice in the School of Public Health. He is a member of the King County Board of Health, where he chairs the tobacco committee, and is also a member of the Public Health Accreditation Board. Before joining the CDC, Nicola directed Public Health – Seattle & King County and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. He has an M.D. from the University of Oregon and a MHSA from the University of Michigan.
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Brett Niessen, a COPHP graduate, is an affiliate instructor in the UW Department of Health Services. He works as a training manager at Cardea Services, a nonprofit organization that provides training and technical assistance to school districts, juvenile rehabilitation facilities and afterschool programs for curricula on teen pregnancy and HIV/STD prevention. He has also worked at Public Health – Seattle & King County in the HIV/STD Program, serving as a project manager for marketing campaigns in cooperation with several community-based agencies, and in the Family Planning Program, as a teacher trainer, curriculum writer and youth development specialist. Previously, Niessen was a middle school science teacher and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand, where he trained health teachers.
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Roxana Norouzi is a clinical instructor in the Department of Health Services. Norouzi is currently the director of education and integration policy at OneAmerica, Washington state's largest immigrant rights organization, where she leads work to improve education for immigrant children and families through local and state policy advocacy and community organizing. Prior to joining OneAmerica, she spent five years working as a case manager with families at risk of homelessness and providing cultural competency trainings to schools and various institutions. Norouzi is the board president of the Seattle Globalist, a global-to-local news media platform. She is also vice president of the Children's Alliance board of directors and an appointee to the City of Seattle's Immigrant and Refugee Commission. In 2010, after earning her master's in social work at the University of Washington, she was awarded the Bonderman Travel Fellowship, which allowed her to travel to 20 countries exploring and reporting on post-conflict regions, migration trends and identity.
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Ian Painter is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Services and a biostatistician at the Foundation for Health Care Quality. His research interests include disease surveillance, public health informatics, statistical computing, statistical graphics, clinical trials and statistical genetics. He has a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Washington.
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Gerry Pollet is a clinical instructor in the Department of Health Services and a representative in the Washington State House of Representatives. He has 30 years of experience working on risk assessment and standards for environmental contamination, including exposure scenarios. He co-founded and now serves as executive director for Heart of America Northwest, the region's largest citizens' watchdog group for the cleanup of America's most contaminated area: the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The School of Public Health honored Heart of America Northwest and Pollet with its 2010 community service partner award. Pollet was one of the contributing authors of Washington's Model Toxics Control Act and drafted provisions updating the law and its rules for risk assessment, public involvement and allowing for cleanup and reuse of industrial properties. He has served on numerous agency advisory boards relating to hazardous substance cleanup. He has also lectured and presented in numerous forums on risk assessment and public input to exposure scenarios in hazardous waste site cleanup planning and is frequently cited in national and regional news media. Pollet has a J.D. from the University of Washington.
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Sarah Ross-Viles is an affiliate instructor in the Department of Health Services. She is also the chronic disease program manager at Public Health – Seattle & King County, where from 2010 to 2013 she managed Communities Putting Prevention to Work, an effort aimed at reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. Ross-Viles has also served as a Dorot Fellow in environmental health and justice at the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston. She earned her MPH at the University of Washington.
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Jack Thompson is a principal lecturer emeritus in the Department of Health Services and has been a faculty member of the department since 1994. He served as director of the UW Northwest Center for Public Health Practice from 2000 to 2008. Prior to that appointment, Thompson worked for 10 years at Public Health – Seattle & King County. As director of the Seattle Health Services Division, he helped establish teen health clinics in public high schools in collaboration with Seattle Public Health Schools and a range of community providers, including hospitals and health centers. Thompson has also served as executive director of Puget Sound Neighborhood Health Centers of Seattle, a consortium of community health centers. He has a MSW from the University of Washington.
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Wayne Turnberg is an affiliate instructor in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and the director of communicable disease epidemiology at the Washington State Department of Health.
Ann Vander Stoep
Ann Vander Stoep is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology. She is a child psychiatric epidemiologist and co-director of the Developmental Pathways Research Program at the UW Child Health Institute. Her research interests include developmental epidemiology of adolescent depression; transition to adulthood for adolescents with psychiatric disorders; comorbidity of child mental health problems; and developing, implementing and disseminating promising children's mental health interventions in school settings. She earned a Ph.D. in epidemiology at the University of Washington.
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