Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine: Faculty

NOTE: Full curriculum vitae for faculty members are available in PDF form by clicking on the highlighted name of the faculty member.

Name Areas of Interest, Expertise, and Research
Farhang Akbar, PhD, CIH
Professor and Director of MSOH-IH Degree Program
Rm. 4226, Collier Bldg.
Dr. Akbar is a professor in the Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine. He is an environmental engineer and occupational health and safety scientist. His areas of expertise include exposure assessment regarding physical agents, hazardous chemicals and mechanical agents; health and safety programs, auditing and regulations; safety management; and hazard control methods. His current research activities are focused on exposure to nonionizing radiation; human chemical exposure assessment and biological changes; exposure modeling.

April Ames, PhD, MSOH                                                                                 
Rm.4214 Collier Bldg.                                                                           

Dr. Ames' is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Her area of expertise is environmental health.  She teaches and advises in the MSOH and MPH programs.

Brian Fink, PhD, MPH, CHES
Associate Professor
Rm. 4223, Collier Bldg.

Dr. Fink is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Fink's main interests are the effects of diet and other lifestyle factors on the incidence of cancer and prognosis of cancer. He is currently studying the effects of educational and service-based breast cancer programming among the elderly and has done extensive study on the effects of flavonoids on breast cancer.  He also is experienced in nutrition and physical activity research for children.  He is a health educator with CHES certification with experience teaching at a School of Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Brian Harrington, PhD, MPH
Adjunct Professor
Rm. 4225, Collier Bldg.

Dr. Harrington is a Volunteer Professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology as well as a joint appointment as Professor in the Department of Pathology. His interests/expertise are in clinical, diagnostic microbiology, parasitology, mycology with emphasis on microscopy, staining of microorganisms and environmental mycology.

Sadik Khuder, PhD, MPH
Room 012, Ruppert Center

Dr. Khuder is a Professor with joint appointment in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Areas of interest: research design, statistical modeling, cancer epidemiology, meta-analysis, occupational and environmental health. Expertise: biostatistics and epidemiology.

Barbara Kopp Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Online Education                                    
Administrative Director, Center for Successful Aging                    
3020 Field House MS 129
Main Campus

Dr. Kopp Miller is Professor and Associate Provost for Online Education and Administrative Director, Center for Successful Aging. Dr. Kopp Miller began at the University of Toledo in 1991. She is responsible for developing, overseeing and evaluating online educational programs for the university.   Dr. Kopp Miller’s primary research areas include: sexuality, grief and bereavement, and survey instrument development.

Sheryl Milz, PhD, CIH
Chair and Associate Professor
Rm. 4412, Collier Bldg.

Dr. Milz is the Chair and an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Co-Director of the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health. Her areas of interest are human exposure assessments, risk assessments, environmental and occupational epidemiology, and the relationships between these areas.

Paul Rega, MD, FACEP
Assistant Professor
Rm. 4218, Collier Bldg.

Dr. Paul Rega, MD, has been a board-certified emergency physician for over thirty years.  During this period of time he has devoted his time to disaster medicine in terms of deployments for the federal government, research, and education.  He has also been a recognized planner and educator in pandemic preparedness and response.   Dr. Rega currently has a dual appointment at the University of Toledo:  Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Barbara Saltzman, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Rm. 4212, Collier Bldg.

Dr. Saltzman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Saltzman is a genetic and chronic disease epidemiologist. Her main research interests include the effects of genetic variation and the environment on the incidence of chronic diseases.

Victoria Steiner, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Center for Successful Aging
Rm. 4216, Collier Bldg.                                                                    


Dr. Victoria Steiner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, as well as the Assistant Administrative Director for the Center for Successful Aging.   She did her graduate work in Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University with a focus on adult development and aging.  Dr. Steiner is interested in how individuals cope with the challenges they encounter in their lives as they age, including functional decline, chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease and stroke, and caregiving.

Michael Valigoski, PhD, MSOH
Assistant Professor
Rm. 4222, Collier Bldg.

Dr. Valigosky has over twenty years of extensive environmental, occupational safety and health practice, teaching, research and service. Major areas of expertise include industrial hygiene, healthcare (Joint Commission/CMS), work with biological agent safety and security, hazardous materials management, exposure prevention, emergency preparedness, and all aspects of environmental health and safety management. He previously served as Director of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety at UT.

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Last Updated: 6/26/15