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Administrative Units

The Dean

The Dean of The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Iman Hakim MD, PhD, MPH, serves as its chief administrative officer and as such is responsible for strategic planning and facilitating growth of the college, the faculty and the student body.

Associate and Assistant Deans

Associate Deans at the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health report directly to the Dean. Associate Deans have been appointed for Academic Affairs, Community Programs, and Research. The Assistant Dean for Student Services and Alumni Affairs reports to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and to the Dean. The Assistant Dean for Financial Affairs and Physical Resources also reports to the Dean.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Douglas L. Taren, PhD

Associate Dean for Community Programs

Jill de Zapien

Associate Dean for Research

Jefferey Burgess, MD, MPH

Associate Dean, Phoenix Campus

Cecilia Rosales, MD, MS

Assistant Dean, Student and Alumni Affairs

Chris Tisch

Assistant Dean for Financial Affairs and Physical Resources

Linda Tumellie

Academic Programs

Academic programs are embedded within the framework of Departments. Faculty members are organized into Departments that reflect the nature of their research and practice. The Departments include Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Health Promotion Sciences, and Community, Environment and Policy. The function of the Department is to serve as an administrative unit that coordinates teaching, research, and service within their areas of specialization. The units are academic homes for faculty, staff, and students and are the central focus of collegial relationships within the College.

Department Chair of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Zhao Chen, PhD, MPH

Department Chair of Health Promotion Sciences

John Ehiri, PhD  

Department Chair of Community, Environment and Policy

Daniel Derksen, MD

Division of Public Health Practice and Translational Research (PHPTR)

In 2010 MEZCOPH opened its doors in Phoenix by offering a new concentration area in Public Health Practice as a college-wide concentration with 16 graduate students and the MD/MPH dual degree. Since then, the program has grown and now offers two concentrations, Public Health Practice and Health Services Administration. A total of 162 students have matriculated since 2010 and 86 students have since graduated.This year (2015) we launched a total online MPH in Health Services Administration and in the near future (2016) the COPH Phoenix campus will offer an online undergraduate degree. The 2 + 2 undergraduate online public health program is in collaboration with the Maricopa Community Colleges (two years of community college and two years of online undergraduate coursework).

Assistant Dean, Phoenix Campus

Cecilia Rosales, MD, MS

Administrative Professionals

The Dean also oversees the Office of Development, the Office of Marketing and Communications and the Office for Information Technology. In addition, there is a Special Assistant to the Dean who reports directly to the Dean, and two Administrative Associates who report to the Special Assistant.

Each of these administrative directors, including the Special Assistant, is responsible for the staff and functions within their defined areas. They also participate in the leadership of the college through their membership on the Executive Council.

Director, Marketing & Communications

Gerri Kelly

Director of Office for Information Technology

Htay Hla

Special Assistant to the Dean

Lorraine Varela

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