Faculty for Public Health

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Ranelle Brew, Ed.D, MS, CHES

Ranelle Brew, Ed.D, MS, CHES

Dr. Brew teaches as an Assistant Professor for the Public Health program at Grand Valley State University and is the Chair of the Department of Public Health and Program Director. Her Doctoral and double Master degrees are from Columbia University in Education and Health Sciences respectively. Her doctoral research included Adolescent Asthma Health Education in New York City public schools through collaboration between New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University. 

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Jeffrey Wing, Ph.D., MPH

Jeffrey Wing, Ph.D., MPH

Dr. Jeff Wing is an Assistant Professor for the Public Health program at Grand Valley State University. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he received his Master’s of Public Health in Biostatistics and his Ph.D. in Epidemiology.

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Katie Barnhart, Ph.D., MPH

Katie Barnhart, Ph.D., MPH

Dr. Kathryn (Katie) Barnhart is an Assistant Professor for the public health program at Grand Valley State University. She received her PhD in Health Behavior, with a minor in mixed methods inquiry, from Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Public Health. Additionally, she holds a MPH in Behavioral Science and Health Education and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from Saint Louis University and a BS in Health Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. 

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Kelly Strutz, Ph.D., MPH

Kelly Strutz, Ph.D., MPH

Dr. Strutz is an Assistant Professor in GVSU’s Public Health program, teaching courses in epidemiology and research methods.  She graduated with a PhD in Maternal and Child Health and a minor in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill, as well as a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Rochester.  She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Perinatal Epidemiology at Michigan State University.

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Karen Niemchick, MHS

Karen Niemchick, MHS

Karen Niemchick is passionate about education. She considers the ability to transform minds and inspire tomorrow’s leaders as both a welcoming challenge, and a humble privilege. 

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Jody Vogelzang, Ph.D., RDN, LD, FADA, CHES

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Best described as a “scholarly practitioner,” Dr. Vogelzang teaches from the prospective of an academically prepared health professional. As a registered dietitian and Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Vogelzang is nationally recognized for her work in community nutrition. She holds a BS in Dietetics from Michigan State University, a MS in Health Sciences from Grand Valley State University, a PhD in Health Services with a specialization in Community Health from Waldon University, and a MAT in Biology from Miami University. 

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Lara Jaskiewicz, Ph.D., MPH

Dr. Lara Jaskiewicz, Ph.D., MPH

Dr. Lara Jaskiewicz is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received her Master of Public Health in Public Health Administration and Master of Business Administration in Strategic Management from the University of Minnesota Schools of Public Health and Business. She received her PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration. Lara’s area of research is food access; her dissertation compared spatial measures of access to grocery stores.

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Azizur Molla, Ph.D., MPH

Dr. Azizur Molla, Ph.D., MPH

Dr. Molla is an Associate Professor for the Master of Public Health program of College of Health Professions at Grand Valley State University. He is a medical anthropologist with experience in community health, environmental health, health education and promotion, and health communication and advocacy, including research methods.

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