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Josiah Alamu, PhD
Assistant Professor
Office: PAC 320
Phone: 217/206-8485
e-mail: jalam3@uis.edu
Josiah Alamu, Ph.D.

Dr. Josiah Alamu received his PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Iowa (2009) and his MPH from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (2003). He completed his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from the Obafemi Awolowo University Ife, Nigeria in 1994 after working as an Environmental Health Officer with the Ministry of Health Ibadan, Nigeria. He has his Diploma in Public Health from the School of Health Technology, Ilea, Nigeria in 1987. Dr. Alamu lectured basic sciences, introduction to epidemiology, and waste management at School of Public Health – Gambia College Brian, The Gambia between 1998 and 2001. Dr. Alamu’s interest is in epidemiology of anti microbial use, recreational drug use/abuse, and hepatitis C.


Dorine J. Brand, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor
Office: PAC 352
Phone: 217/206-7874
e-mail: dbrand5 at uis.edu
Dr. Dorine Brand

Dr. Dorine Brand is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Springfield. She completed her education at the University of Illinois receiving her Ph.D. in Community Health (Urbana-Champaign), a Master of Public Health (Chicago) and a Bachelor of Science in Community Health (Urbana-Champaign).

Dr. Brand’s primary interests include exploring mechanisms that will help reduce health disparities between racial groups, developing effective behavioral strategies to improve poor health outcomes for minorities, and implementing health promotion activities to foster healthy lifestyles. Dr. Brand examines the role of faith-based organizations in facilitating health programming within the African American community. Additionally, she teaches community health-related courses and has an emphasis in campus and community outreach.


Kathy DeBarr PhD, MS
Associate Professor
Office: PAC 328
Phone: 217/206-7535
Email: debarr@uis.edu

Dr. Kathy DeBarr is Associate Professor of Public Health at University of Illinois at Springfield in Springfield, Illinois. She previously served as the Chair of the UIS Health Services Administration Department.  She has taught numerous courses in Health Services Administration and currently teaches Health Education and Research Methods. She has served as a peer reviewer for several academic journals, including International Electronic Journal of Health Education, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Healthcare Management, and the American Journal of College Health, as well as Films for the Humanities and Sciences. She has published articles in the following academic journals: The Journal of Health Administration Education, Journal of Safety Research, the American Journal of Health Education, California Journal of Health Promotion, and the Journal of School Health.  Her 2004 article A review of current health education theories. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 2(1), 74-87 is used in the Psychological Factors in Health and Illness course at the Bloom berg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She is a past nominee for the CASE National Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. DeBarr has earned a number of certificates from the Sloan Consortium for Online teaching, and is a member of the New Century Learning Consortium.  Dr. DeBarr holds membership in the American Public Health Association, the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the American Association for Health Education, and the Society for Public Health Education.


Shahram Heshmat, PhD Shahram Heshmat-1
Associate Professor
Office: PAC 330
Phone: 217/206-7878
Email: heshmat.shahram@uis.edu

Shahram Heshmat is a Ph.D. in Managerial Economics from Reseller Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He has been teaching for over 20 years. His specialty is Health Economics. Courses include Addiction, Public Health Economics, Food & Health, and Human Well-Being. His research interests focus on addictive behavior from behavioral economics perspective. Behavioral economics blends insights of psychology and economics. His passion is to make economic education relevant and interdisciplinary for non-majors and to reach a broader audience.


Lenore Killam Lenore Killam
, MA
Clinical Instructor
Office: PAC 310
Phone: 217/206-6083
Email: lkill2@uis.edu

Lenore Killam joined the faculty July 1, 2011 to coordinate the internship program and teach environmental health courses. She has a long history with UIS. She received her B. A. in Biology and her M. A. in Environmental Studies when UIS was Sangamon State University. She received a graduate certificate in Environmental Risk Assessment in 2007, and is currently a Doctoral candidate here at UIS.

Before joining the faculty, she served for five years as the Online Coordinator for the Department of Public Health and the Department of Environmental Studies. She previously served as the the Industrial Hygienist and Manager of the Illinois Department of Labor Safety Inspection and Education Division.

Her research interests include risk sciences, emergency preparedness, occupational and environmental health and safety, and community education. She is currently the Central Chapter Director of the Illinois Environmental Health Association.

Lenore is also a fourth degree black belt and Aikido instructor.


Sharron LaFollette
Sharron LaFollette, PhD
Associate Professor & Chair
Office: PAC 306
Phone: 217/ 206-7894
Email: slafo1@uis.edu

Dr. Sharron LaFollette joined the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2001.  She is currently chair the Department of Public Health.  Before coming to UIS, she taught and was director of the Environmental Health Program at Illinois State University for eight years.  Prior to joining academia, she spent eight years in Illinois government conducting multi-media risk assessments for all hazards and providing risk communication and environmental and occupational health educational programs for physicians, public health professionals, and the general public.  While in Illinois government, she worked at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Abandoned Mined Lands Reclamation Council, and Illinois Department of Public Health.  At UIS she teaches courses in environmental risk assessment, toxicology, air quality, and solid and hazardous waste at the graduate level.  She is in her fourth year as General Chair of the EHAC and her ninth year on the Council.  She is past-president of the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs, and the Illinois Environmental Health Association.  She is currently director at large of the Illinois Environmental Health Association.  Her research and consulting is in risk evaluation, risk communication, workforce development, indoor air quality impact on health, and radon levels.


Ken Runkle
Ken Runkle, DPA
Assistant Professor
Office: PAC 328
Phone: 217/ 206-7835
Email: krunk1@uis.edu

Ken Runkle received his BS in Chemistry and Biology from MacMurray College (1984) and his MA in Environmental Science from UIS (1989). He recently completed his Doctorate of Public Administration with an emphasis on public health from UIS. Mr. Runkle brings a practical public health perspective to the UIS faculty, having served as the senior toxicologist and chief of the division of environmental health at the Illinois Department of Public Health. Additionally, he has taught several graduate level environmental health courses as well as undergraduate chemistry, physical science and environmental science. He is a licensed environmental health practitioner and registered environmental health specialist. Mr. Runkle’s research interests include international environmental health and school chemical safety.

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Public Health Staff

Dorene E. Campbell, Ph.D.
Online Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty
Office: PAC 315
Phone: 217/206-8581
E-mail: dcamp4@uis.edu   Campbell

Dr. Campbell joined the staff in April 2012 as half time Online Program Coordinator.  She has also served as Adjunct Faculty in the Department since 2011.  Dr. Campbell received her doctorate in Health Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, with an emphasis in Community Health.  She received both a B.A. and M.A. in Biology from UI-S (formerly Sangamon State University).

Her experience includes 22 years in various state agencies as a public health program evaluator, research scientist and program administrator.  She owns a private consulting business and has served as a contractor for: Illinois Department of Public Health, IPLAN Program; Illinois Department on Aging, Long Term Care Ombudsman Program; New Mexico Department of Health; Bernalillo County Health Department; and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry.  She recently completed a contract with the W.H. Kellogg Foundation as Project Manager to coordinate the development of a two-year training curriculum for dental therapists, which culminated in a Special Supplemental Issue of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry.

L. K. “Bud” Price
Office Manager
Office: PAC 309
Phone: 217-206-6720
Email: lpric01s@uis.edu Office Manager, Bud Price
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