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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. 


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.


Claudia Leiras, Ph.D.

Dr. Claudia Leiras, Ph.D.

Dr. Leiras is an Associate Professor for both the Allied Health Sciences and Public Health programs within the College of Health Professions at Grand Valley State University.  She is also the Director of the Clinical Research Trials Management Graduate Certificate.  Dr. Leiras received her master’s degree in Natural Sciences (interdisciplinary program with a focus in oncology and epidemiology) from Roswell Park Cancer Institute, a graduate division of the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Her Ph.D. in Epidemiology (emphasis in oncology and women’s health) is from the Graduate School of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh.


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. Dr. Molla has worked with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in designing, implementing and assessing reproductive and public health programs in South Asia. Azizur also coordinated and provided training on global health, reproductive health and healthcare system to the health officials in Bangladesh and Indonesia.  


Sheng Li, Ph.D., MD, MPH


Dr. Li received his PhD in Epidemiological Sciences from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. His areas of research include system epidemiology, environmental health, global health and public health practice. Dr. Li is interested in quantitative data analysis and multidisciplinary research. He applied both statistical modeling and novel system modeling approaches to understand mechanisms and risk factors for infectious and non-communicable diseases. 


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


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.