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Impact Lives

Meet the Faculty of Benedictine's Master of Public Health Program

Faculty members teaching in the MPH program bring a wide range of academic credentials and practitioner experience to the online classroom. They have worked on corporate wellness programs, AIDS nonprofits and obesity research initiatives. They include Fulbright scholars and authors. Above all, they are teachers who will pass on their knowledge of public health and help you develop yours.

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Beth Bormann

Elizabeth "Beth" Bormann received her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health/Health Administration in 1994 and her Master of Public Health with a specialization in Health Promotion in 2003, both from Northern Illinois University (NIU).

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Dr. Susan Cheng

Department Chair and Assistant Professor

Dr. Susan Cheng joined the Benedictine University's Department of Public Health faculty full-time in 2013 as a tenure-track, assistant professor, and currently serves as the Department Chair. Prior to joining the faculty, she served as an adjunct faculty member for Trident International University in their MPH program.

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Dr. Alan Gorr


Alan Gorr is Professor of Public Health. His professional interests include health promotion, international health manpower development and ethics.

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Dr. Lindsey Ho, DrPH, MPH

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ho taught as an adjunct faculty member before joining Benedictine as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2016.

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Dr. David Milen

Assistant Professor

David Milen join Benedictine University in 2012. He was an adjunct faculty for 3- years, and is now recent addition as a full-time faculty member to the MPH program.

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Dr. Georgeen Polyak

Associate Professor

Georgeen Polyak is an Associate Professor at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.She teaches courses in health systems, health policy, and coordinates on campus student internships.

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Dr. Heather Sipsma

Assistant Professor

Dr. Heather Sipsma joined the BenU MPH faculty full-time in the fall of 2016. Prior to joining the faculty full-time, she taught at BenU as an adjunct faculty member during the 2015-2016 academic year, worked as a researcher at the University of Chicago, and was a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Benedictine MPH faculty member Jude-Marie Alexis Smalec

Jude-Marie Alexis Smalec

Assistant Professor

Jude-Marie Alexis Smalec holds a Doctorate in Public Health (Health Communication and Nutrition) from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine.