Ranelle Brew, Ed.D, MS, CHES
Chair of the Department of Public Health
Director of the Master of Public Health Program
Dr. Brew teaches as an Assistant Professor for the Public Health program at Grand Valley State University and also serves as the Director of the Department Public Health. 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. Dr. Brew's current research interests include a summer health professions camp entitled, sHaPe, for which she is a director, global healthcare partnerships, and health literacy.
She has worked in health care for over 15 years in various settings including clinically, within the public school system, in geriatric health, fitness and currently in higher education. She has a combined ten years of teaching experience in both New York City and the Greater Grand Rapids areas.
Dr. Brew teaches courses in Public Health Promotion emphasis as her area of expertise. Teaching online is an interest of Dr. Brew's as she has taught, designed curriculum and trained faculty using these technologies for the past 7 years. She is the author of instructor materials for F.A. Davis Publishing for their upcoming edition of Medical Terminology, Simplified and a children’s book, Healthy Days.
Global/international health care is also an interest area and she has traveled to Ghana, West Africa, Beijing, China, Tacloban City, Philippines, Nairobi, Kenya, and Manenberg, South Africa with students on study abroad programs. Her current project includes a sustainable international health care service-learning program for the MPH program and plans to take a group of graduate students internationally in the spring of 2014.
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. She joined the faculty of GVSU’s School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration in 2012. Lara’s area of research is food access; her dissertation compared spatial measures of access to grocery stores. Currently she has a research project to explore the impact of the new Downtown Grand Rapids farmers’ market on local resident perceptions of and measured access to fruits and vegetables.
Dr. Jaskiewicz has worked for several years in local governmental public health management where she oversaw community assessments, health promotion, and environmental health programs in rural and suburban settings. She worked for 6 years at the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) where she was involved in managing small grant programs, providing training on the 5-4-3-2-1 Go! Public education message, and overseeing community initiatives. In addition, she worked as a manager with the suburban Cook County, IL Communities Putting Prevention to Work Project where she led several food system efforts, including the creation of a food policy council and a healthy corner store project.
Claudia Leiras, Ph.D.
Dr. Leiras is an Assistant 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 MPH Epidemiology Track Coordinator for the Public Health program. 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.
Over the past fifteen years, Dr. Leiras has worked on all aspects of research studies, including proposal development, grant writing, multi-study site coordination, recruitment strategies (specifically focusing on underrepresented minorities), creation and management of study databases, data analysis (SAS, Stata, R, and SPSS), and development of data collection forms and questionnaires in both English and Spanish. She is an expert in quantitative data analysis and community based participatory research. In addition, Dr. Leiras has received funding for her research from the National Cancer Institute and been the recipient of several Minority Scholar Awards from the American Association for Cancer Research. Dr. Leiras’ research interests include health literacy, women’s health, health disparities, and biomarkers of cancer susceptibility.
In addition to mentoring graduate students in research projects, Dr. Leiras teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in research methodology. She teaches Ethical and Legal Responsibilities in Health Care and Introduction to Health Care Research for undergraduate students and will be teaching several epidemiology courses for the Public Health program for graduate students. She is currently under contract to write an undergraduate research methodology textbook for Cognella Publishing (June 2014 expected publication date). In addition, Dr. Leiras is the chair of the Responsible Conduct of Research Advisory Committee for the University.
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. He has ten years of college and university level experience in teaching and doing research on health in South Asia and the U.S. As an Assistant Professor he has taught social aspects of health, population health, environmental health, research methods in anthropology, and summer ethnographic field school. 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.
Azizur has done extensive ethnographic research on public health issues in his home country of Bangladesh, in the U.S. and in Haiti. Since 2008, he has been engaged in public health research, education, and community health advocacy in Western Michigan and Grand Rapids. His research interests have focused on: i) health risks of indoor radon gas in West Michigan, ii) transdisciplinary assessment of water quality and development intervention in Haiti and Bangladesh, iii) the role of policy to sustain international development programs, iv) sustainable healthcare services for the homeless population in Grand Rapids, MI, and v) Assessment of healthcare for veterans in West Michigan. His studies and publications focus on diseases caused by water contamination and air pollution, health disparities, public health policy, the roles of local and international organization that address public health challenges.
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. She has studied internationally and has research experience in the area of international conservation and sustainability as well as domestic research in health behavior and food insecurity.
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