Stephanie M. Benjamin, Ph.D., MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences, College of Health and Human Development, CSUN
Dr. Benjamin has taught CSUN’s introductory epidemiology course for the past six years and is currently teaching the university’s graduate-level seminar in epidemiology. Prior to joining CSUN’s faculty, she helped teach a course in the epidemiology of diabetes at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University as well as epidemiologic methods courses for public health professionals at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition to teaching epidemiology to undergraduate and graduate students and health professionals, Dr. Benjamin has worked as an epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and the Louisiana State University Medical Center. She is the recipient of an award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for her outstanding performance in epidemiology and laboratory research and an active member of the Society of Epidemiologic Research.
Dr. Benjamin’s main research interests are in diabetes and obesity. She has published numerous manuscripts and has presented at several national conferences.
Dr. Benjamin holds a Ph.D. from Tulane University, where she also earned her Master of Public Health degree. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Sloane Burke Winkelman, Ph.D., CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist)
Associate Professor and Program Director, Public Health Programs, Department of Health Sciences, College of Health and Human Development, CSU
Dr. Winkelman has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in CSUN’s Public Health program, including cultural health; health communications; curriculum development; program planning (community health education); women’s health; health aspects of drug abuse; study abroad; and health in elementary and middle schools. Prior to joining CSUN, she taught courses in global health, environmental health, worksite health promotion, personal health, and health administration and management.
In addition to her 15 years of higher-education teaching experience (both in-class and online), Dr. Winkelman has enjoyed a 10-year career in the health-based nonprofit field. She has served on boards and/or been employed with agencies such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure (breast-cancer organization), the American Cancer Society, and the American Heart Association. Dr. Winkelman has also served as a consultant for hospitals, nonprofits, book publishers, and universities on the topic of public health accreditation. She is an active member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) as a governing councilor.
Dr. Winkelman’s research interests include Latino and migrant health, women’s health (including breast and cervical cancer), and instructional technology – all areas in which she has published professional articles and given numerous presentations.
She holds a Ph.D. in Health Studies from Texas Woman’s University, and a Master of Science in Health Promotion from the University of North Texas, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Public Health Fellow of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Lawrence Chu, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.
Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Department of Health Sciences, College of Health and Human Development, CSUN
Dr. Chu has taught courses related to biostatistics and epidemiology in CSUN’s graduate and undergraduate public health programs since 2003. Prior to coming to CSUN, Dr. Chu conducted injury-prevention research for the UCLA Southern California Injury Prevention Research Center, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site for injury epidemiology.
Dr. Chu has a variety of research interests, including morbidity and mortality in the elderly, workplace violence, the efficacy of motor vehicle crash legislation, sexual assault, gang violence, homicide and applied statistical methodology. He has published and presented his epidemiologic research at global, national and local conferences.
Dr. Chu earned his Ph.D. in epidemiology, M.S. in biostatistics, and Master of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Vicki J. Ebin, Ph. D., MSPH
Professor and MPH Graduate Coordinator, Department of Health Sciences, College of Health and Human Development, CSUN
Dr. Ebin has more than 20 years of teaching and research experience in higher education. She has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in CSUN’s Public Health program in the areas of program planning (community health education), public health issues, adolescent health issues, advanced biostatistics, research methodology and community health action.
Prior to coming to CSUN, Dr. Ebin enjoyed a research career that involved managing a large community project. She has also served on community advisory boards and in governance for two public health professional organizations:the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and the American Public Health Association (APHA). Dr. Ebin currently serves on the executive board for the Association of Accredited Public Health Programs (AAPHP).
Her research spans a variety of interests, with the primary focus on the health of adolescent and college populations. Dr. Ebin holds a Ph.D. in Public Health, with a specialization in Community Health Sciences from UCLA.
Kaitlin O’Keefe, Ph.D., MPH
Assistant Professor, Public Health Programs, Department of Health Sciences, College of Health and Human Development, CSUN
Dr. O’Keefe has taught courses in epidemiology and biostatistics and also has experience in teaching and assisting in the teaching of a wide range of courses in public health to undergraduate and graduate students. She has also taught and led discussions in a variety of epidemiology and biostatistics classes for students within and outside of the public health field.
Dr. O’Keefe’s main research interests include infectious disease epidemiology and public health emergency preparedness and response, topics on which she has published articles and given presentations at national conferences.
She earned her Ph.D. and MPH degrees in Epidemiology from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Gretta Madjzoob MPH, M. Ed., Ph.D.
Full-time Lecturer, Public Health Promotion,Department of Health Sciences, College of Health and Human Development, CSUN
Dr. Madjzoob has more than 25 years of teaching experience within the CSU as well as at campuses in the Los Angeles Community College District. At CSUN, she has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses on current public-health issues, curriculum development, family health, teaching health in the elementary and secondary school systems, and women’s health. Dr. Madjzoob has also conducted or led graduate and undergraduate internship seminars and field placements.
Prior to joining CSUN on a full-time basis, she enjoyed a 12-year teaching career at Los Angeles community colleges in PACE and outreach programs. Dr. Madjzoob has also served as a consulting health educator, revising curriculums for the L.A. Unified School District and the L.A. Community Colleges District. In addition, she has worked as a community health educator and has served on a number of nonprofit school boards. Her primary areas of research include student development, gender studies, multicultural education and acculturation patterns among students within the higher education system.
Dr. Madjzoob holds a M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the UCLA School of Education, where she also served as a research fellow with the Higher Education Research Institute. Her Master of Public Health degrees is from CSUN.
Bethany K. Wexler Rainisch, Ph.D., MPH
Assistant Professor, Public Health Program, Department of Health Sciences, College of Health and Human Development, CSUN
Dr. Rainisch has taught courses in both undergraduate and graduate public health program planning and evaluation. She also teaches theoretical concepts of health behavior at the graduate level and, at the undergraduate level, anintroduction to community health education.
Dr. Rainisch has more than 10 years of teaching experience and extensive background in public health include working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and assisting with female reproductive health outreach in the nonprofit sector. Additionally, Dr. Rainisch has training in analyzing biological markers within large national datasets.
Her research interests include the biological markers of stress in adolescents and their association with health later in adulthood. Other interests include longitudinal patterns of obesity from adolescence to adulthood, and adolescent reproductive health.
She holds a Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of California at Los Angeles, with a specialty in Biodemography. She also holds a Master of Public Health in Behavioral Science and Health Education from Emory University.
Michael J. Sullivan, Ph.D., CIH
Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, College of Health and Human Development, CSUN
Dr. Sullivan teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. His areas of expertise include hazardous waste, risk assessment, epidemiology, statistical-based environmental sampling,business administration for environmental health and safety professionals, and global environmental issues. For the last 10 years, he has taught the Environmental Problems Seminar, which is part of the online Master of Public Health program. In this seminar, he guides students in evaluating environmental problems that are relevant to their careers in public health.
Dr. Sullivan’s research includes various areas of environmental protection and worker health and safety. He has published in the area of water regulations and chemicals in bottled water. His research in the area of environmental and occupational exposure assessment has also resulted in publications, the most recent of which addresses the evaluation of unique exposure to petroleum hydrocarbons from environmental matrices.
Dr. Sullivan earned both his Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Toxicology from the University of Michigan. He received his B.S. degree in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California at Davis. Dr. Sullivan has conducted postdoctoral research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is also a Certified Industrial Hygienist.
Jenny K. Yi, Ph.D., MPH
Associate Professor, Public Health Program, Department of Health Sciences, College of Health and Human Development, CSUN
With more than 20 years of teaching experience (both in class and online), Dr. Yi has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate public health courses on topics including women’s health, Asian-American health issues, program planning, cross-cultural aspects of health, public health management, grant writing and research design.
She has also served as a principal investigator, co-investigator, and consultant on research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Center for Disease Prevention, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure (breast-cancer organization) as well as other national and regional foundations.
Dr. Yi’s areas of specialization include community-based health promotion, Asian-American health, health disparities, cancer education and cultural competency.
She holds a Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota.
Kathleen J. Young, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.
Professor, Public Health Program, Department of Health Sciences, College of Health and Human Development, CSUN.
Dr. Young has taught in CSUN’s undergraduate and graduate public health programs since 2003. Her courses include Community Health Action, Cultural Health, Health Policy, and Womens' Global Health. She was also the coordinator of Campuses Organized and United for Good Health (COUGH-CSUN) – a university-wide tobacco policy and control assessment organization (2008-2015).
Dr. Young has more than 25 years of teaching and curriculum development experience. She also served as a Service Learning Specialist in the Health Education Program, for which she developed and coordinated university-community service learning projects with more than 20 public health organizations and agencies throughout the San Fernando Valley.
Dr. Young’s research interests include women’s health issues specifically in primary prevention strategies in healthcare services, cultural competence for the healthcare practitioner, and health policy assessments. In 2012, she received the Research Infrastructure in Minority Institute (RIMI) Tiered Scholar’s Program Award from the National Institutes of Health-CSUN and a recipient of a Fulbright award where she taught at Zhejiang University in the Department of Social Medicine/School of Medicine in Hangzhou, China in the spring or 2015.
Dr. Young holds a Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion from the University of New Mexico; and a Master of Science in Community Health Education from San Francisco State University. In 2010, she completed her second master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Health Policy and Management.