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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
John Ehiri, PhD,MPH, MSc

Associate Dean of Community Engagement and Outreach
Cecilia Rosales, MD, MS

Interim Assistant Dean, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Velia Leybas Nuño PhD, MSW

Associate Dean for Research
Zhao Chen PhD, MPH

Associate Dean, Phoenix Campus
Cecilia Rosales, MD, MS

Interim Assistant Dean, Student and Alumni Affairs
Chris Tisch

Assistant Dean for Financial Affairs and Physical Resources
Jing Liu


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

Interim Department Chair of Health Promotion Sciences
Scott Carvajal PhD, MPH

Department Chair of Community, Environment and Policy
Kelly Reynolds, PhD


Division of Public Health Practice and Translational Research (PHPTR)

The Phoenix Campus of the Zuckerman College of Public Heath offers outstanding in-person and online public health degree programs to students in metro Phoenix. Home to the college’s Division of Public Health Practice and Translational Research, the Phoenix Campus works to deliver high quality education and research that will expand and improve public health programs throughout the State of Arizona. The Phoenix Campus faculty work closely on research and programs with the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix and the UArizona’s College of Pharmacy and College of Nursing, all part of the University of Arizona Health Sciences community at the Phoenix Bioscience Core in downtown Phoenix.

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, Communications and Digital Media
Shipherd Reed

Director of Office for Information Technology
Position currently vacant

Special Assistant to the Dean
Lorraine Varela

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