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Instructors 2019/20

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Fatima Al Sayeh, Instructor 

Courses

SPH 685 Methods for the Assessment of Health-Related Quality of Life


Susan Armijo-Olivo, Instructor

About me
I am originally from Chile and I speak Spanish, English and German (the three languages at home). I love hiking and I bike all year long. Some people think I am crazy riding my bike in Edmonton winters.

Courses
SPH 566 Special Seminar: Systematic Reviews

 

  

Nick Ashbolt, Professor

About me
I enjoy experiencing extreme environments and being enriched by (microbial) diversity. 

Courses
SPH 512 Environmental Risk Assessment and Management
SPH 566 Special Seminar: Microbial Risk Assessment

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Aslam Bhatti, Instructor

About me
I enjoy hiking and kayaking in the wilderness. 

Courses
SPH 580 Management and Design of Health Care 


Kathy Kovacs Burns, Adjunct Professor

About me

Courses
SPH 580 Management and Design of Health Care

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Susan Chatwood, Associate Professor

About me
I live in the Northwest Territories and enjoy my regular commutes south to the School of Public Health. I have been fortunate to travel to the eight Arctic states and am always excited to learn about novel approaches to health systems and Arctic policy among nations. In my spare time I take on the challenge of a sustainable diet and enjoy cooking. During the winter months I take time outside to skijor with my husky.

Courses
SPH 503 Introduction to Health Promotion Research 
SPH 555 Foundations of Public Health Research

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Faith Davis, Professor Emerita

About me
I had the biggest surprise this summer finding a great grandmother's headstone in Edmonton. 

Courses
SPH 561 Topics in Public Health: Cancer Epidemiology

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Irina Dinu, Associate Professor

About me
I was born in Romania and moved to Canada in 1999. My favourite sport is skiing. 

Courses
SPH 536 Engagement for Public Health Action
SPH 519 Biostatistics I

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Alexander Doroshenko, Adjunct Professor

About me
I am fluent in three languages and I play soccer. 

Courses
SPH 561 Topics in Public Health: Vaccine-preventable Diseases

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Dean Eurich, Professor

About me
I like playing all sports, particularly hockey, football and baseball. 

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Tanis Farish, Adjunct Professor

About me
I am a self-development junkie. Reading, cooking, paddle boarding, yoga and running are a few of my favourites. 

Courses
SPH 623

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Louis Hugo Francescutti, Professor

About me
I enjoy travelling and have visited more than 60 coutries so far. I speak four languages. I love to do timber framing and stone masonry and fixing broken things. I am an arborist, avid bird watcher and I raise trout. 

Courses
SPH 523 Advocacy for Public Health
SPH 581 Basics of Public Health Leadership

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Nicole Glenn, Instructor 

Courses
SPH 518 Psychosocial Perspectives on Health

 

Ann Goldblatt, Adjunct Professor

About me
Early in my career, I spent 14 months as a social worker in Israel. I have been singing in choirs for many years, most comfortably in the lowest register of a second alto. 

Courses
SPH 510 Health Promotion with Communities

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Patrick Hanington, Associate Professor

About me
I enjoy running, especially long distances, and have participated in the Canadian Death Race five times. Although I work with parasitic worms, I have a phobia of hanging caterpillars--pretty much all caterpillars, actually.

Courses
SPH 514 Introduction to Environmental Health 
SPH 603 Scientific Communication in Public Health

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Sherilee Harper, Associate Professor

About me
I love hiking with my dogs, trying new things, writing and being outside in the winter. I’m also a doughnut enthusiast. 

Courses
SPH 501 Determinants of Health

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Michael Hawkes, Adjunct Professor 

Courses
SPH 561 Topics in Public Health: Malaria

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Stephen Hodgins, Associate Professor

About me
I'm into outdoor activities: hiking, cycling, wildlife and photography.

Courses
SPH 535 Using and Creating Evidence in Public Health
SPH 542 Case Studies in International Primary Health Care

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Stan Houston, Adjunct Professor

About me
I spent seven years living and working in Africa. My primary role in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry is as a clinician/teacher and director of the Northern Alberta HIV program. 

Courses
SPH 697 Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases
SPH 561 Topics in Public Health: One Health
SPH 561 Topics in Public Health: HIV/AIDS

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Elaine Hyshka, Assistant Professor

About me
I enjoy spending my free time cycling and generally staying active, volunteering for a variety of local organizations and campaigns,and reading up on municipal,provincial and national current affairs. 

Courses
SPH 546 Leadership and Professional Practise II

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Gian Jhangri, Teaching Professor

About me
In high school in India, I won the championship for badminton at the provincial level and for soccer at the district level. I love watching soccer, football, basketball and ice hockey games. 

Courses
SPH 535 Using and Creating Evidence in Public Health
SPH 531 Statistical Methods in Health Research

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Jeff Johnson, Professor and Associate Dean (Education)

About me
I have been a professor at U of A for 23 years. I am a health enthusiast, which works out well for someone in the School of Public Health. I also like to travel, a great aspect of my job, which has given me plenty of opportunities to visit interesting parts of the world. On one of my trips, I had a beer and a chat with Wayne Gretzky in an Air Canada lounge. 

Courses
SPH 541 Leadership and Professional Skills I
SPH 604 Advanced Theory and Methods in Public Health Research
SPH 685 Methods in Health-Related Quality of Life Assessment

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Shanthi Johnson, Professor and Dean

About me
I have travelled the world, gone mountaineering in the Himalayas and was the athlete of the year three years running. I am consistently beaten in chess by my seven year old son and bake chess-themed birthday cakes to die for. I love nature, great food, and the colour red. I am not a vegetarian.

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Warren Kindzierski, Adjunct Professor

About me
I was born and grew up in Manitoba. I played junior hockey for two years before finishing off my high school diploma and attending university. I lived in Ontario, British Columbia, Washington and California before settling with my family in Alberta. 

Courses
SPH 512 Environmental Risk Assessment and Management

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Katerina Maximova, Associate Professor

About me
I moved to Edmonton from Montreal in 2009. I studied Japanese and used to be fluent.

 

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Dev Menon, Professor

About me
I came to this university to begin MSc studies in physics in the fall of 1968 and have been on faculty since the fall of 1997. I believe that academic health researchers and decision-makers have to walk in each other's shoes if we are to truly achive evidence-informed decision making in a real-world context. 

Courses
SPH 600 Health Policy Development

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Sharlene Wolbeck Minke, Adjunct Professor

About me
I love to be outdoors in all seasons, preferably with my family and our dog. 

Courses
SPH 504 Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation

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Stephanie Montesanti, Assistant Professor

About me
I am fluent in Italian. My parents were married in Southern Italy and immigrated to Toronto where they started their own family. I am the youngest of three sisters. I love the arts! (Live performances, musicals, the ballet and art galleries.) I also love the Alberta outdoors and enjoy spending my time mountain hiking, biking and paddle boarding. 

Courses
SPH 500 Health Policy And Systems Research
SPH 530 This is Public Health

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Zubia Mumtaz, Professor

About me
I am new to Canadian cold, but can swim 3-5 km in glacier-fed lakes in the Rockies. In summer only. 

Courses
SPH 631 Health Program Evaluation

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Norm Neumann, Professor and Vice-Dean

About me
I love sports, hiking and camping. I have been a volunteer coach for community minor league football for the last several years.

Courses
SPH 536 Engagement for Public Health Action
SPH 541 Leadership and Professional Skills I/II
SPH 546 Leadership and Professional Practise II

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Candace Nykiforuk, Professor and Associate Dean (Research)

About me
I enjoy the outdoors and love to hike in the mountains and swim in mountain lakes (as long as there are no leeches!). In my spare time, I love to cook and play street hockey with my kids. 

Courses
SPH 602 Engaged Scholarship for Health

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Ubaka Ogbogu, Instructor

About me
I have a mild collecting obsession. Presently, it's watches. I suspect I make the best paella on earth.

Courses
SPH 605 Public Health Law and Administration


Arto Ohinmaa, Professor

About me
I moved to Edmonton from cold and snowy Finland, and that is why skiing has been my closest hobby. I also enjoy hiking, cycling and fishing. 

Courses
SPH 570 Introduction to Health care Economics
SPH 550 Introduction to Health Care Finance

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Maria Ospina, Adjunct Professor

About me
I am originally from Colombia and have lived in Brazil and Spain before moving to Canada in 2002. I speak four languages. Dancing, singing and playing squash are favourites to me. I love futbol (aka soccer).

Courses
SPH 566 Systematic Reviews

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Simon Otto, Assistant Professor

About me
True to my Scottish heritage, I play the bagpipes. I love to ride bicycles of all shapes and sizes on the road, on the trails and in the snow! I grew up on a fifth-generation grain farm in southern Alberta. 

Courses
SPH 527 Food Safety
SPH 566 Special Seminar: Epidemiology, Surveillance and Investigation of Foodborne Illness 
SPH 416/516 One Health
SPH 561 Topics in Public Health: One Health
SPH 541 Leadership and Professional Skills 

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Roman Pabayo, Assistant Professor

About me
I love watching movies; my favourite genre is zombie apocalypse. I am also a metrophile: I am fascinated by metro and subway systems. My favourite systems are in Barcelona, London, Paris and Madrid. 

Courses
SPH 561 Topics in Public Health: Social Epidemiology
SPH 596 Epidemiology Methods II

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Mike Paulden, Assistant Professor

About me
I spend a lot of my free time outdoors where I enjoy running, hiking, camping, canoeing and photography. 

Courses
SPH 671 Economic Evaluation of Health Care

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Francois Paulette, Adjunct Professor

About me
I am a Denesuline and a member of the Smith's Landing Treaty 8 First Nation. I am recognized in the courts as an expert witness on historic treaties and I've spoken internationally on Aboriginal treaty rights. 

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Erin Pollock, Lead, MPH Practice Office

About me
I am an athletic therapist turned public health professional who delights in walkable urban neighbourhoods, her family, her dog, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and advocating for social justice. 

Courses
SPH 598 Field Practicum
SPH 599 Capping Project

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Bernadette Quemerais, Instructor

About me
I love traveling and discovering new cultures. I am a competitive ultra-marathoner. 

Courses
SPH 521 Occupational Hygiene

 

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Kim Raine, Professor

About me
I am an avid endurance athlete, having completed eight Ironman triathlons and 22 marathons. I've competed for Canada in age-group triathlon world championships five times. 

Courses
SPH 622 Theory and Practice of Health Promotion Interventions

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Sentil Senthilselvan, Professor

About me
I have worked at eight universities in seven countries and would like to visit as many countries as possible. 

Courses
SPH 719 Biostatistics III
SPH 766 Advanced Epidemiology Methods

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Norma Spicer, Knowledge Keeper

About me
I am descended from Jean Baptiste Lagimodière and Marie Anne Gaboury, the first white woman to settle in Western Canada. My ancestors include those who fought alongside Louis Riel during the Métis Resistance. 

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Denise Spitzer, Professor

About me
I am a long-standing vegetarian and a well-travelled cat and book lover who loves to sing.

Courses
SPH 517 Strategies in Health Promotion Practice

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Jane Springett, Professor Emerita

About me
I love dancing, cooking, gardening and walking, especially in woods and forests because I feel an affinity with trees. Born in England I came to Canada and the University of Alberta in 2011. I have also lived and worked in Sweden.

Courses
SPH 501 Determinants of Health

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Tania Stafinski, Adjunct Professor

About me
I love going for walks in the river valley. I am addicted to text messaging!

Courses
SPH 673 Technology and Assessment for Health Care


Kate Storey, Associate Professor

About me
In my spare time I love cooking, being active and traveling with my husband and our children, Caroline and Philip. We look forward to showing them the world, one bite at a time.

Courses
SPH 623 Qualitative and Community-based Approaches in Health Research

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Jim Talbot, Adjunct Professor 

Courses
SPH 530 This is Public Health

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Keith Tierney, Adjunct Professor

About me
I love wakeboarding and gardening. I am a serious dog lover and have a wonderful standard poodle named Emma. 

Courses
SPH 522 Principles of Toxicology

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Paul Veugelers, Professor

About me
I enjoy the mountains during summer and winter. I study and enjoy fine beers, wines and foods. I am fluent in three languages. 

Courses
SPH 525 Strategies in Public Health Nutrition

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Don Voaklander, Professor

About me
I am the lead photographer for the Golden Bear and Pandas Athletics. "Knowledge is good." -Emil Faber

Courses
SPH 593 Issues in Injury Control
SPH 699 Use and Analysis of Linked Administrative Health Data

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Cam Wild, Professor

About me
I play trumpet and am a golf fanatic. 

Courses
SPH 535A Using and Creating Evidence in Public Health
SPH 518/608 Psychosocial Perspectives on Health

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Ruth Wolfe, Director, Professional Degrees

About me
I spent my early years in a town of 350 in rural Saskatchewan, but spent two years of grade school in the Big Apple. My father was one of the fathers of Medicare in Saskatchewan in 1962. I have spent time in Guatemala, Italy, England, Scotland, Wales, Turkey and Spain. My 2 1/2 year old granddaughter is the light of our lives! 

Courses
SPH 536 Engagement for Public Health Action,
SPH 541/546/547 Leadership and Professional Skills I/II/III
SPH 598 Field Practicum

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Shelby Yamamoto, Assistant Professor

About me
I enjoy traveling, yoga, reading, board games, decorating cakes, consuming vast quantities of caramel popcorn and watching the latest blockbuster action movies.

Courses
SPH 596 Epidemiology Methods I
SPH 766 Advanced Epidemiology Methods
SPH 596 Epidemiology Methods I

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Stephanie Yanow, Professor

About me
I love drawing, cooking and travelling. I am a member of the West Edmonton Mall Surf Club and love spending a cold January night riding the waves indoors! 

Courses
SPH 640 Introduction to Global Health
SPH 561 Topics in Public Health: Malaria
SPH 506 Public Health Biology

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Yutaka Yasui, Professor

About me
I came to North America from Japan 30 years ago. I enjoy biking (with Nokian spike tires in Edmonton winters), jogging (mostly under 5km), playing acoustic guitar and singing old Japanese songs after a glass of wine or sake, swimming in the sea and reading, mostly still in Japanese. 

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Yan Yuan, Associate Professor

About me
I love reading and spending quiet time in the company of friends. I enjoy travelling and new adventures. Having not had the opportunity to learn a musical instrument when growing up, I am interested in picking one up. 

Courses
SPH 619 Biostatistics II

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