Wiley D. Jenkins, Ph.D., MPH – School of Medicine
Dr. Jenkins earned his MPH from Tulane University and his PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before joining SIU in 2007, he spent 13 years with the Illinois Department of Public Health, holding the positions of Laboratory Operations Manager and state Laboratory Bioterrorism Coordinator. Current research includes the epidemiology of chlamydia and gonorrhea (and other STDs) and the development and evaluation of novel interventions.
Joyce V. Fetro, Ph.D., MSEd, CHES – Carbondale
Dr. Fetro is Professor/Distinguished Teacher of Health Education and Chair of the Department of Health Education and Recreation. Dr. Fetro received her doctoral and masters degrees in Health Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts. Her research focuses on prevention of adolescent health-risk behaviors, personal and social skill development, and adoption/diffusion of coordinated school health programs.
Jerry Kruse, M.D., MSPH - School of Medicine
Dr. Jerry Kruse is Executive Associate Dean and Chief Executive Officer of SIU HealthCare at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He completed medical school, the family medicine residency, the Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship in academic family medicine, and the MSPH degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 1984, he joined the faculty of the SIU School of Medicine, directed the SIU-Quincy Family Medicine Residency for 12 years, and has chaired the department since 1997. Dr. Kruse has pioneered cooperative relationships between osteopathic and allopathic institutions and developed interprofessional systems of care. He has a special interest in cross-cultural and population health to inform effective policies and improve health care systems. He has participated in medical and public health brigades in Central America. He is a member of COGME, a federal council advisory to the Secretary of HHS, and is a long time member of the Illinois State Board of Health.
Kim Miller, Ph.D., MSEd - Carbondale
Dr. Miller is Associate Professor of Health Education. Dr. Miller holds a doctorate in Health Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her MSEd in Exercise Physiology and BS in Speech Communication are also from Southern Illinois University. Her research focus is on physical activity among college-aged students and faculty mentoring.
Roberta J. Ogletree, HSD, MEd - Carbondale
Dr. Ogletree is Professor of Health Education and holds a doctorate in Health and Safety (HSD) from Indiana University in School and College Health, a M.Ed. degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and a B.S.Ed. degree from Eastern Illinois University. Much of her research focuses on sexuality-related issues and women’s health as well as professional preparation of health educators and mentoring.
Dhitinut Ratnapradip, PhD, MPA - Carbondale
Dr. Ratnapradip is Director of Graduate Programs in Health Education and Recreation. Dr. Ratnapradipa received an MPA and PhD in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Utah. He received a BS in Biology and BA in Economics. Dr. Ratnapradipa previously worked at the Rhode Island of Department of Health where he supervised the Health Promotion and Emerging Risks Program and the Office of Environmental Health Risk Assessment. His research focus is on environmental health, epidemiology, and global health. He is interested in promoting environmental health awareness among minorities and improving understanding of environmental health diseases.
Ross Silverman, J.D., MPH – School of Medicine
Ross D. Silverman, J.D., is professor and Chair of Medical Humanities at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. Silverman is also an associate professor of medical jurisprudence at SIU School of Law and co-directs the medical and law schools’ joint M.D./J.D. degree program. He joined SIU’s faculty in 1998. Mr. Silverman earned his law degree and his master’s in public health at Boston University (1995, 1996) and his bachelor’s at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. (1992). Silverman has published nationally in the areas of health law, patient safety, and public health law, policy and ethics. He is deputy editor of the Journal of Legal Medicine.
David Steward, M.D., MPH – School of Medicine
Dr. David E. Steward is professor and Chair of Internal Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He earned bachelor's and medical degrees at the University of Iowa, Iowa City (1972, 1975) and completed his internal medicine residency at SIU (1978). He is certified as a diplomate by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Steward has served on various national committees including the American Association of American Medical Colleges' Research in Medical Education (RIME) Committee, the National Board of Medical Examiners' Prototype Clinical Skills Examination Committee, and ADPIM's Membership Services Committee.
Kathleen J. Welshimer, PhD, MSPH – Carbondale
Dr. Welshimer is Associate Professor of Health Education and MPH Program Coordinator. Dr. Welshimer holds a doctorate in Health Behavior & Health Promotion and M.S.P.H. from the School of Public Health at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her B.A. is also from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Welshimer’s research includes socio-behavioral aspects of health in theory and practice, psychosocial theory and dietary behaviors, and women’s and children's health.