Master of Public Health: Committees and Associations


MPH Administrative Support

Administrative support for the Master of Public Health program includes:

  • Dr. George Stewart, MPH Director - program oversight and strategic planning
  • Dr. Justice Mbizo, MPH Academic Advisor and Program Coordinator - student recruitment, mentoring and logistical planning in degree completion
  • Dr. Enid Sisskin, MPH Academic Advisor and Comprehensive Examination Coordinator - student recruitment, mentoring and logistical planning in degree completion
  • Dr. Maria Pilar Martin, MPH - MPH Program Advisor and Core Faculty - student recruitment, mentoring and logistical planning in degree completion

Contact us here. Biographical sketches of administrators and additional core, jointly appointed, and adjunct faculty teaching in the MPH program will be available soon.

MPH Steering Committee

Formed: January 2007

Charge: The MPH Steering Committee makes recommendations to the MPH Director with respect to the following responsibilities:

  1. Oversee conduct and performance of the MPH program.
  2. Periodically assess the curriculum for appropriateness and effectiveness relative to the mission and goals of the MPH program and to serving the needs of the regional health care/public health community, ensuring the offering of the program is justified by answering the following questions:
    • Size of the labor pool: local, state, national
    • Current vacancy rates
    • Anticipated growth
    • Job outlook
    • Salary ranges
    • Funding sources
  3. Identify clinical (training) sites within the region for internships in public health and identify additional service-based interactions available to students.
  4. Identify collaborations for community-based research activities.
  5. Receive and analyze assessment data generated through designated course(s) within the MPH program, make recommendations for improvements on programmatic performance, and set associated priorities for quality enhancement initiatives.
  6. Review and propose recruiting materials for use with local high schools and community colleges to facilitate articulation and provide current program information and job outlook/career trends to guidance counselors and advisors.
  7. Identify regional and national professional organizations to assist with identifying venues for workforce development and continuing education outreach in the form of Certificate offerings, short courses, or workshops.

Composition: The MPH Steering Committee is chaired by the MPH Director, and additionally consists of the MPH Academic Advisor/Program Coordinator, a subset of faculty teaching in the program or UWF administrators overseeing teaching faculty, representatives from regional health departments, one or more individuals employed at the federal level in public health positions, one or more individuals employed in the US Armed Forces in positions related to public health, and up to two current MPH students, as follows: (1) the current President of SAPH or his/her appointed representative, and (2) a representative student nominated by SAPH and from within the US Armed Forces. 

Current Membership:

  • Chair: George L. Stewart, MPH Director
  • Justice Mbizo, Dr.PH, MPH Core Faculty, non-voting
  • Enid Sisskin, PhD, MPH Core Faculty, non-voting
  • M. Pilar Martin, MD, MPH, MPH Core Faculty, non-voting
  • Angela Hahn, PhD, SAHLS Core Faculty
  • Debra Vinci, Dr.PH, UWF Community Health Education Assistant Director
  • Public health department representative: Karen A. Chapman, MD, MPH, Director, Florida Department of Health, Okaloosa County
  • Public health department representative: Mary Beverly, MPH, Florida Department of Health, Santa Rosa County
  • Public health department representative: John Lanza, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP, Director, Florida Department of Health, Escambia County
  • Public health department representative: Douglas Kent, MPH, Administrator, Florida Department of Health, Bay County
  • Public health department representative: Holly B. Holt, RN, BSN, MSN, Administrator, Florida Department of Health, Walton County
  • Federal level representative: Joel Montgomery, MSc, PhD, Epidemic Intelligence Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • US Armed Forces representative: Samual W. Sauer, MD, MPH, Colonel, U.S. Army, Dean of Graduate Medical Education & Program Director, Occupational Medicine, United States Army School of Aviation Medicine, ssauer@uwf.edu
  • US Armed Forces representative: George M. Rice, MD, MPH, Navy Associate Director, USN Aerospace Medicine Residency, Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Pensacola, FL
  • US Armed Forces representative: Joseph T. LaVan, MD, MPH, Navy Associate Director, USN Aerospace Medicine Residency, Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Pensacola, FL
  • Student President of SAPH or appointed representative
  • Alumnus representative, Pam Perrich, MPH

MPH Admission Committee

Formed: 2004

Charge: The MPH Admission Committee is charged to make recommendations to the MPH Director on issues related to the admission of students into the MPH program and evaluates and approves or denies all applications to the MPH program based on established program policies. This committee enforces all academic standards and policies established by the MPH Curriculum Committee. 

Composition: The MPH Admission Committee is chaired by the MPH Director and additionally consists of the MPH Academic Advisor/Program Coordinator, one-two representatives from the MPH core/teaching faculty, and one representative from the pool of public health professionals. 

Current Membership:

  • Chair: George L. Stewart, PhD, MPH Director
  • Justice Mbizo, Dr.PH, MPH Core Faculty
  • Enid Sisskin, PhD, MPH Core Faculty
  • Public health professional: John Lanza, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP, Director, Escambia County Health Department

MPH Curriculum Committee

Formed: 2004

Charge: The MPH Curriculum Committee makes recommendations to the MPH Director with respect to the following responsibilities:

  • Review and approve or deny all proposed changes to the MPH curriculum and degree requirements, including academic standards and policies, as well as course competencies emphasized to address workforce needs.
  • Maintain the MPH Honor Code and MPH Comprehensive Exam Guide in accordance with all approved policies and procedures.

Composition: The MPH Curriculum Committee is chaired by the MPH Academic Advisor/Program Coordinator and additionally consists of the MPH Director, one-two representatives from the MPH core/teaching faculty, and up to two current MPH students, as follows: (1) the current President of SAPH or his/her appointed representative, and (2) a representative student nominated by SAPH. 

Current Membership:

  • Chair: M. Pilar Martin, MD, MPH MPH Core Faculty
  • George L. Stewart, PhD, MPH Director
  • Justice Mbizo, Dr.PH, MPH Core Faculty
  • Enid Sisskin, PhD, MPH Core Faculty
  • Melanie Sutton, PhD, MPH Core Faculty

MPH Internship Coordination Committee

Formed: 2004

Charge: The MPH Internship Coordination Committee makes recommendations to the MPH Director with respect to the following responsibilities:

  • Evaluate and approve or deny all preceptors submitted for oversight of student internship projects.
  • Evaluate and approve or deny all proposed internship projects/experiences.
  • Communicate with a student's faculty advisor regarding any issues requiring committee intervention.
  • Oversee and approve or deny all internship defenses in face-to-face or Web conferencing formats.
  • Maintain the MPH Internship Guide in accordance with all approved policies and procedures.

Composition: The MPH Internship Coordination Committee is chaired by a representative from the pool of public health professionals and additionally consists of the MPH Director, the MPH Academic Advisor/Program Coordinator, and one representative from the MPH core faculty. 

Current Membership:

  • Chair: Justice Mbizo, Dr.PH, MPH Core Faculty
  • George L. Stewart, PhD, MPH Director
  • Enid Sisskin, PhD, MPH Core Faculty
  • M. Pilar Martin, MD, MPH Core Faculty
  • John Lanza, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP, Director, Florida Department of Health, Escambia County

Ad Hoc MPH CEPH Self-Study/On-Site Resource File Committee

Formed: January 2007
Reformed: June 2012 

Charge: The Ad Hoc MPH CEPH Self-Study/On-Site Resource File Committee is charged to make recommendations to the MPH Director on issues related to the development and review of the MPH CEPH Self-Study and On-Site Resource File. 

Composition: The Ad Hoc MPH CEPH Self-Study/On-Site Resource File Committee is chaired by a representative from the MPH core faculty and additionally consists of the MPH Director, other UWF faculty, and support personnel. 

Current Membership:

  • Chair: Enid Sisskin, PhD, MPH core faculty
  • George L. Stewart, PhD, MPH Director
  • Justice Mbizo, Dr.PH, MPH Core Faculty
  • M. Pilar Martin, MD, MPH Core Faculty
  • Debra Vinci, Dr.PH, UWF Community Health Education Assistant Director
  • Support personnel: Karen Farmer, Administrative Specialist, SAHLS

Student Association for Public Health

Formed: Summer 2007 with Student Government Association approval in Fall 2007

Mission: The mission of SAPH is to serve as a platform for communicating with students and among students in the MPH Program at UWF, to create an atmosphere of camaraderie among students, and to provide students with an avenue for performing public service in the health care and public health communities. 

Composition/Current Membership: All students accepted into the MPH program are automatically granted membership in this online organization. Current officers and an overview of this online organization are available at the SAPH website.

The President of SAPH or his/her appointed representative is an invited member of the MPH Steering Committee and the MPH Curriculum Committee. In addition, SAPH is charged with (1) nominating one additional student representative to the MPH Curriculum Committee and (2) nominating one additional student representative from within the US Armed Forces to the MPH Steering Committee.

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