Assistant Dean, Preclinical Education, Tampa Bay Regional Campus Chair, Public Health | Professor email@example.com (813) 574-5211
Program Director, M.P.H. Program Assistant Professor of Public Health firstname.lastname@example.org (954) 262-1652
Claudia A. Serna holds a dental degree, as well as a master’s and doctoral degree in public health with a specialization in health promotion and disease prevention from Florida International University. She furthered her education by completing a residency in dental public health at NYU Langone Health and a Certificate in Social Media Marketing from Rutgers University School of Business.
She is also master certified in health education, a certified communicator in public health, board certified in public health, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health. She is the recipient of the 2017 American Public Health Association Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health Post-Professional Award, the 2017 Leverett Graduate Student Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dental Public Health from the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD), and the 2020 KPCOM M.P.H. Golden Apple Award.
Serna’s research has been published in scientific journals, including the Journal of Public Health Dentistry, American Journal of Public Health, AIDS Education and Prevention, Family and Community Health, and the International Public Health Journal. She also authored a chapter in the American Public Health Association Book Oral Health in America: Removing the Stain of Disparity.
She currently teaches the Public Health Field Experience course in the M.P.H. program and the Health Communication and the Independent Study course in the B.S. in Public Health program.
Assistant Professor of Public Health email@example.com (954) 262-1453
Oyindamola Akinso is a global health specialist with more than a decade of experience in the field of public health, including working in nonprofit, humanitarian and development projects funded by donors, international agencies and academic settings.
Akinso received her Doctor of Public Health degree (Dr.PH.) from Georgia Southern University, her Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) from Birmingham City University, United Kingdom, and a B.S. in Public Health from the Babcock University, Nigeria.
Her area of expertise and research is in the field of global health, specifically maternal, neonatal and child health in underserved populations, STIs/HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health rights, nutrition, social determinants of health and communicable and noncommunicable diseases.
She is a master certified health education specialist (MCHES) and has been at the forefront of curriculum development for both undergraduate and graduate education in global health.
Akinso’s professional affiliations include the Association of Teachers of Maternal & Child Health, Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and the American Public Health Association. She has been recognized as an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa.
Associate Professor of Public Health firstname.lastname@example.org (954) 262-1207
Josiah Alamu is an infectious disease epidemiologist/environmental health professional. He obtained his Ph.D. from the College of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City, and his M.P.H. from John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu. Alamu, an experienced educator and administrator, has taught several courses in epidemiology, environmental health, biostatics, and global health at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Prior to his NSU appointment, Alamu served as chair of the public health department at the University of Illinois, Springfield. His research interests include viral hepatitis and coinfection with HIV among the vulnerable population, water quality assessment and waterborne diseases, and environmental risk factors and their association with infectious disease in low-income countries.
Alamu has coordinated and supervised several study-abroad trips to Gambia and Ghana in West Africa, where American students were immersed in cultural and experiential learning activities. He is a board member of the Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, the American Public Health Association, and the American College of Epidemiology.
Assistant Professor of Public Health email@example.com (954) 262-1633
Melissa Boguslawski earned a Ph.D. in Health Behavior with an emphasis in education leadership and a Certificate in Education Law from Indiana University-Bloomington. She also earned her Master of Public Health degree from NSU’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Boguslawski’s area of expertise and research is in the field of school health, specifically comprehensive school health education, education equity, food security and rural health, obesity and chronic disease prevention, and K‐12 education law and policy. She has more than 10 years of experience working in the field of public health, including working in the clinical, nonprofit, fitness, and academic industries.
She currently teaches Principles of Health Education, School Health, Health Communications, and Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for the M.P.H. program. Within the B.S. in Public Health program, she teaches Intro to School Health, Domestic/Global Outreach and Applied Learning, Public Health Biology, Community-Based Health Project, and Independent Study.
Associate Professor of Public Health firstname.lastname@example.org (954) 262-1505
Nicole Cook focuses on community-based research and program evaluation in the areas of chronic disease, experience and access to care for vulnerable populations, telemedicine, and gun violence and resiliency after trauma. She teaches epidemiology, community health assessment, community health, and population health. Cook has a B.A. in Sociology from Brandeis University, an M.P.A. in Health Finance and Policy from New York University, and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Miami.
Professor of Public Health Grast01@nova.edu (954) 262-1375
Stephen G. Grant, a geneticist and a toxicologist, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children. Grant did his research and clinical fellowships at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University of California, San Francisco, respectively. He was a staff scientist in biodosimetry at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a faculty member in Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.
His work on environmental, occupational, and medical exposures and genetic predisposition to cancer has generated more than $14.7 million in funding and led to more than 100 published scientific papers and almost 300 abstracts and presentations. Grant teaches at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels and trains interns, graduate students, and postgraduate fellows in the laboratory. He has served on expert panels for the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, state and foreign governments, private foundations, and universities.
Associate Professor of Public Health email@example.com (954) 262-1498
Lucas Hollar has served as an evaluator for federally funded initiatives that address tobacco, childhood obesity, patient-centered medical home programs, interprofessional primary care and public health, housing opportunities for people with AIDS, and afterschool programming for at-risk youth. Additionally, he has performed foundation and corporation-funded research and evaluation in the areas of patient experience of care in federally qualified community health centers, cancer screening and education for underserved women, and childhood obesity prevention and intervention in public schools.
His current research focuses on policy, systems, and environmental change for improving the health of populations, patient experience of care, childhood obesity, and tobacco-control policies. Based on his research, Hollar’s work has been published in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals, such as the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, and the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, among others. Hollar also serves as chair of the Health Advisory Board for Broward County, the Humana Bold Goal Broward initiative, and as a board member for two health-oriented organizations in Broward County.
As a KPCOM faculty member, Hollar teaches graduate-level courses in health policy and program planning and evaluation, as well as undergraduate courses in health policy and health equity. Before joining NSU, Hollar served as an assistant professor of government at Stephen F. Austin State University and as an adjunct professor of public administration at Florida Atlantic University. In addition to his teaching and research, Hollar is an alumnus of the class of 2011–2012 American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine’s Health Policy Fellowship.
Assistant Professor firstname.lastname@example.org (954) 262-1498
Throughout her career, Maria Montoya has focused on addressing the health needs of underserved populations. She believes that public health has been successful at improving overall health and longevity, but health disparities among minorities are persistent.
As a KPCOM assistant professor, Montoya strives to highlight the needs of minority populations in hopes of alleviating the health inequalities that exist. She truly enjoys working with students and serving the South Florida community. Montoya’s research interest includes chronic diseases, health behavior, and issues related to vulnerable populations.
Assistant Professor of Public Health email@example.com (954) 262-1837
Christi M. Navarro is an assistant professor of public health at NSU, where she earned her M.S. in Educational Leadership. She has a Ph.D. in Public Health with a concentration in health promotion and disease prevention and a graduate certificate in women’s studies from Florida International University.
Navarro is a dedicated and enthusiastic educator who is driven to inspire students to academic success. She has more than 20 years of combined experience in education, research, evaluation, public health, and social service. She has worked as an instructor in both secondary and higher education settings and has experience developing curricula for new programs and working with students to encourage learning and academic success.
She has a strong background in developing, implementing, and evaluating data‐driven programs. Additionally, she has planned and implemented training programs for community stakeholders on results‐based accountability and evidence‐based practices. Navarro previously worked in the South Florida community implementing, developing, and evaluating community‐based programs that address overall health, mental health, and risk behaviors among youth.
Navarro currently teaches Community Health, Epidemiology Honors, and Global Outreach and Applied Learning for the B.S. in Public Health program. She also facilitates the Integrative Learning Experience for the M.P.H. program.
Professor of Public Health firstname.lastname@example.org (954) 262-1655
In addition to 17 years of experience in academia, Alina M. Perez brings more than 15 years of practical experience as a licensed clinical social worker in the areas of inpatient and outpatient mental health, inpatient oncology, emergency care, and hospice care. Her clinical practice, scholarship, and community involvement has focused extensively on addressing legal, ethical, and public health issues of the aging population, minorities, and the underserved. She has presented at many local, national, and international conferences and frequently provides lectures and continuing education sessions for students and professionals in the community and other NSU colleges.
Assistant Professor of Public Health email@example.com (954) 262-1819
With a background in both the health and human services, Stacey Pinnock has extensive experience working with disadvantaged populations and meeting the needs of underserved communities. She previously served as a clinical social worker in both hospital and in-home settings and as a health promotion specialist and junior policy analyst in governmental settings in Canada.
Pinnock is experienced in managing and working on federally funded training grant initiatives that educate medical providers in interprofessional education and geriatric care provision. Her current research interests are in health behavior, aging, and mental health.