Academic leadership team.
Academic Leadership Team
Dr Judith Strobl: Academic Coordinator
Judith is an independent Public Health Consultant based in the UK; she has worked in the National Health Service as a public health consultant for nine years, latterly as Chief Quality Officer for NHS Manchester.
Judith holds a PhD (Use of Databases for Drug Effectiveness Studies) and MPH from the University of Liverpool. She has a special interest in health service public health, service quality, and patient safety, and was a Health Foundation Quality Improvement Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (Cambridge, USA) 2010/11.
Dr Deborah Thompson: Partnerships Coordinator and Module leader Public Health Concepts for Policy Makers
Senior public health registrar in the North West of England, currently working at Blackburn with Darwen Local Authority. She is passionate about taking an ‘asset’ based community development approach to reducing health inequalities by working ‘upstream’ with local communities. Studied ‘International Health’ at the Nuffield Institute, Leeds in 2004. Coordinated a participatory action research project on sexual health in Madagascar. In 2010, Debs worked in Lira District Health Office, Uganda through Voluntary Service Overseas, coordinating Village Health Team recruitment, training and supervision; worked with health intelligence staff to improve surveillance data collection and analysis; and completed a health needs assessment for Lira District.
Fiona Reynolds: MPH Programme lead
Consultant in Public Health, leading on Health Protection and Wider Determinants for Cheshire West and Chester Council. She initially set out to work in the media and studied Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire but then she decided that health was more interesting. Fiona has worked in Public Health for almost 15 years, mostly with the UK National Health Service and has volunteered with Peoples-uni since 2007.
Dr Marija Norušis: Module leader Biostatistics
Statistical consultant. MPH and Ph.D. in biostatistics from the University of Michigan in the USA. Teaches biostatistics to health professionals, serves as a statistical consultant to medical investigations. Worked on the development and documentation of SPSS software. Former faculty of the University of Chicago and Rush Medical College. Interest in the evaluation of health care outcomes.
Dr Jan Fizzell: Module leader Disaster Management and Emergency Planning
Public Health Physician (FAFPHM) in Sydney, Australia working for NSW Health in the Office of the Chief Health Officer. MB BS from Sydney University, MPH from UNSW. Previously, Acting Director of the Biopreparedness Unit of NSW Health with responsibility for pandemic planning and response, public health emergency preparedness and response, and mass gathering public health preparedness and response. Other interests include health technology assessment and equitable access to health care.
Dr Sanjeev Sridharan: Module leader Evaluation of Interventions
Director, Evaluation Program, Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Canada. Research Scientist, Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael's Hospital. Associate Professor, Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
Dr Adi Vyas: Module leader Evidence Based Practice
Medical Advisor at the Ministry of Health (Sydney, Australia) and Lecturer at University of Bergen (Norway). He has a diverse medical background, having worked in clinical, regional, state-level and international roles. Adi works with several public health practice and academic collaborations, including: the Sustainable Healthcare Education Network; the Medical Peace Work partnership, and the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine.
Dr Steve Fabricant: Module leader Health Economics and member Leadership group
Started in public health management after getting an MBA, in Afghanistan and Syria, interest in health economics led to a PhD at the LSHTM in mid-life. An independent consultant most of the time, also worked on the WHO Health Financing Strategy. Living in Okinawa since 2004, the poorest and most tropical prefecture in Japan, but with the best longevity in Japan and hence in the world. A strong public health program since the end of WW II, universal health insurance, and a healthy traditional lifestyle were important factors, but typical problems of NCDs are now arising.
Rachel Beanland: Module leader HIV/AIDS module
Independent Public Health Consultant - previously affiliated to the HIV/AIDS Department, World Health Organization, Geneva where she was Consultant in HIV Treatment and Care and coordinated the development of the 2015 Consolidated guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infection, reviewed technical content to inform global policy, engaged and collaborated with diverse stakeholders, and developed communication and dissemination plan for country adoption of recommendations. Experienced systematic reviewer including qualitative syntheses and previous lead for review team for Evidence Aid Cochrane Collaboration. Research interests in HIV/TB service delivery and implementation science. Completed higher specialist training in Public Health, leading to certified Specialist registration by General Medical Council UK. Worked in Public Health academic and service departments in the UK and overseas.
Dr Anneliese Spinks: Module leader Inequalities and Social Determinants of Health
Anneliese has been working as a social scientist in the Social and Economic Sciences program in the CSIRO Ecosystems Sciences Division since June 2009, and concurrently holds an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow position at the Griffith University School of Medicine. She completed her PhD in Public Health at the School of Population Health, University of Queensland in 2007 after completing a Science / Arts degree with Honours in Psychology in 1998. Anneliese has a strong interest in the social and environmental determinants of health and well-being, with a particular emphasis on the multiple barriers faced by vulnerable populations. After completing her PhD, she was awarded an NHMRC public health fellowship to continue studying the psycho-social determinants of childhood health and injury which she completed before commencing at CSIRO.
During her career, Anneliese has developed strong expertise in community and population-based research methodology including the implementation of longitudinal and cross-sectional studies. She also has experience with large administrative datasets and translating existing data into meaningful outcome indicators.
Dr Petra Buttner: Module co-leader Masters Dissertation
Professorial Research Fellow, Biostatistics & Epidemiology, Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. Consultant and Director Tropical Health Solutions. Applied biostatistician who specialised in quantitative methods in epidemiology, and in the design and analysis of epidemiological studies including clinical trials.
Dr Oyinlola Oyebode: Module co-leader Masters Dissertation
Dr Oyinlola Oyebode is a Public Health Consultant and Associate Professor in Public Health at Warwick Medical School. She conducts public health research on non-communicable diseases and their risk-factors in low and middle-income countries, and in the UK. She is also involved in research on health in informal settlements or slums.
Mr Kenneth Muko: Module leader Maternal Mortality
Kenneth Muko originally trained as a pharmacist holds Masters Degrees in Pharmacology and Public Health, he is a graduate of Peoples-uni. He has a strong background Maternal/Child Health and HIV/AIDS program implementation with over 13 years' experience in the design and management of Health and HIV/AIDS programs. This includes responsibilities in Health and HIV/AIDS program monitoring and evaluation. In addition, he has had six years' experience in Operations Research and has several publications in peer review journals and conference abstracts. He currently works as the Program Director for Medicines for Humanity.
Dr Sara Schwanke Khilji: Module leader Non-Communicable Diseases – CVD and Diabetes
I am an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon, USA. I currently split my time between Bangkok, Thailand, where I serve as the Director of Interprofessional Education for OHSU Global, and Portland, Oregon, where I work as a Clinical Hospitalist on the inpatient OHSU wards. I have ongoing research collaborations with the Southeast Asia field office of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), where I formerly worked as an Overseas Research Fellow; I also continue to serve as a Distance Learning tutor for LSHTM online courses in Global Health and Public Health. I completed my medical degree and Master's in Public Health at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and my specialization in Internal Medicine & Primary Care at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr Joseph Mathew: Module leader Patient Safety
Associate Professor (Pediatric Pulmonology) at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India. Special interests in Evidence Based Medicine, health technology assessment and the scientific basis of decision making in healthcare. Founder/Initiator of modules on Preventing Child Mortality, Patient Safety, and Scientific decision-making in health-care.
Dr Preethi Koshy: Module leader Preventing Child Mortality
After qualifying as a medical graduate and working in Paediatrics in India for a short while, Preethi specialised in Public Health in the UK and has been involved in research related to weight management and smoking cessation. Owing to her interest in International Health and Management, she later undertook a Masters degree in International Health Management from Imperial College London. She has special interests in strategic management of health services and evaluation of health interventions.
Professor Begoña Manuel-y-Keenoy MD MSc, PhD: Module leader Public Health Nutrition
Senior researcher, Laboratory of Nutrition and Functional Food Science, Faculty of Pharmacy, Biomedical & Veterinary Sciences, University of Antwerp, Belgium. Professor in the University Master’s Degree in Nutrition & Health, Open University of Catalonia, Spain. Invited Erasmus professor at the faculty of medicine and nutrition at the University Rovira I Virgili, Reus, Spain. Team member in the project ‘Food, nutrition and health’ of the VLIR-UOS Flemish inter-university development co-operation programme with Cuenca University, Ecuador, involved in studying the impact of transition on adolescent obesity and chronic metabolic disease risk.
Dr Anna Jones: Member Leadership group, Module leader Communicable Disease
Public health doctor currently working as a teaching fellow at Brighton and Sussex Medical School in the UK. Prior to this, was a Consultant in Health Protection at the UK Health Protection Agency (HPA). Has also worked as a medical officer at a small hospital in Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa and on the STOP polio programme in Ethiopia.
Dr Suzanna Mathew: Member Leadership group
Currently working as Consultant in Communicable Disease Control, Public Health England and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Sheffield. Director of Training (Curriculum and Assessment) in the UK Faculty of Public Health. Previously worked as community medicine specialist in India. Interested in teaching and training healthcare professionals for various public health roles.
Ann Allen: Member Leadership group
Previously Senior Lecturer in the Division of Medical Education in the School of Medicine, Cardiff University, and Director of Cardiff University’s Master of Public Health Programme
A/Professor Puja Myles: Member Leadership Group
Public Health Specialist and Epidemiologist, based in the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Nottingham, teaching public health to both undergraduate medical students and postgraduate public health students. Research in the area of respiratory epidemiology and in recent years has focused on pandemic influenza.