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Faculty | B.S. in Public Health

Don Galbadage

  • Director of Public Health Programs
  • Associate Professor of Public Health

  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University, College of Medicine, Bryan, TX
  • MPH, University of Texas, School of Public Health, Houston, TX
  • B.S., Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX

Don Galbadage’s teaching focuses on the disciplines of public health, medical sciences and applied health sciences. His areas of expertises are in epidemiology, biostatistics, disease control, preventative medicine, human physiology, microbiology, molecular biology and wellness promotion. Galbadage’s goal in teaching is that at the end of a course, students will be able to accomplish five broad...

Courses

  • BIOS 236 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIOS 282 Microbiology
  • KNES 107 Lifetime Wellness 
  • KNES 200 Principles of Public Health Practice
  • KNES 355 Health Care systems
  • KNES 475 Public Health Capstone Practicum
  • PHLT 505 Principles of Epidemiology
  • PHLT 610 Public Health Integrative Experience
  • PHLT 615 Graduate Project
  • PHLT 620 Public Health Practicum
  • PHLT 640 Global Communicable Disease Control
  • PHLT 650 Current Issues in Epidemiology
  • PHLT 652 Molecular Epidemiology
  • PHLT 654 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease

Research Interests

  • Antibiotic Resistance
  • Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Nanomedicine
  • Multidrug Resistance
  • COVID-19 Transmission

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Ji-Yeun Park

  • Assistant Professor of Public Health

  • B.S., Sookmyung Women's University
  • MPP, KDI (Korea Development Institute) School of Public Policy and Management
  • Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington

Ji-Yeun Park’s teaching focuses on health behavior theories, social and behavioral health sciences, and research methods. The primary goal of her teaching is to provide rich learning opportunities that encourage students to think more deeply and critically about public health issues. She enjoys bringing Christian faith into the classroom so that students can better understand how the Christian...

Courses

  • KNES 107 Lifetime Wellness
  • KNES 200 Public Health Principles and Practice
  • PHLT 515 Principles of Biostatistics
  • PHLT 535 Public Health Policy and Practice
  • PHLT 605 Research Methods
  • PHLT 630 Current Issues in Global Health
  • PHLT 642 Community Health Assessment, Planning, and Evaluation

Research Interests

  • Substance Abuse
  • Mental Health and well-being
  • Policy evaluation

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Brent Peterson

  • Co-Program Chair of Kinesiology and Public Health
  • Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Public Health

  • MPH, Colorado School of Public Health, Aurora, CO
  • Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
  • M.S., California State University, Fullerton
  • B.A., Concordia University, Irvine, CA

Dr. Peterson’s research background is founded on biomedically-based applications [molecular to applied] in human, animal, and clinical settings. Specifically, his doctoral training was focused on applying the aforementioned methodologies toward the investigation of human movement-related physiological adaptations, and applying outcomes observed in animal models, in a clinically-based cancer...

Courses

  • KNES 302 Exercise Physiology
  • KNES 303 Exercise Physiology Laboratory
  • KNES 446 Functional Assessment and the Prescription of Exercise
  • KNES 447 Functional Assessment and the Prescription of Exercise Laboratory
  • KNES 449 Clinical Exercise Physiology

Research Interests

  • Bioethics
  • Exercise
  • Cancer
  • Metabalomics
  • Microbiomics
  • Immunology
  • Biological Markers

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Danielle Walker

  • Co-Program Chair of Kinesiology and Public Health
  • Associate Professor of Public Health
  • Director of Lifetime Wellness

  • Ph.D., University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Tx
  • M.A., Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
  • B.S., California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA
  • A.S., College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA

Danielle Walker’s teaching experience and interests include global health, epidemiology, community health, public health education, HIV/AIDS, health promotion, disease prevention, health behavior, and ethics. She was awarded the Outstanding Dissertation Award for the UTEP College of Health Science for her doctoral work on understanding the multidimensional factors that influence HIV testing...

Courses

  • KNES 107 Lifetime Wellness
  • KNES 300 Health Education and Health Promotion
  • KNES 310 Community & Global Health
  • KNES 320 Health Behavior and Health Promotion
  • KNES 330 Global Health Leadership
  • KNES 340 Health Policy & Ethics
  • PHLT 510 Community & Global Health 
  • PHLT 520 Health Behavior and Health Promotion
  • PHLT 530 Global Health Leadership 
  • PHLT 610 Public Health Integrative Experience
  • PHLT 615 Graduate Project
  • PHLT 634 Grant Writing
  • PHLT 660 Applied Methods in Epidemiology

Research Interests

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Access to care
  • Malaria
  • Health disparities

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