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.

Krishna Bhagat

Krishna Bhagat, PhD, MPH, MCHES

Dr. Bhagat is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at Benedictine University.


Christopher Duffrin

Christopher Duffrin, PhD, MS, MEd, MCHES, EMTP

Dr. Duffrin is a Professor of Public Health at Benedictine University. Prior to joining the faculty at Benedictine, Dr.


Jennifer Makelarski

Jennifer Makelarski, PhD, MPH

Dr. Makelarski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health at Benedictine University. She joined Benedictine University in September 2019.


Georgreen Polyak

Georgeen Polyak, PhD, MS, MS

MPH Program Director

Dr. Polyak’s primary research interest is in public health services and systems.


Jeffrey Trask

Jeffrey Trask, PhD, MS

Dr. Trask is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at Benedictine University and holds a PhD in Community Health with a Specialization in Health Policy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also completed his undergraduate work.


Markisha Woodson

Markisha Woodson, PhD, MPH, MBA

Dr. Woodson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health. She received her PhD in Community Health from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.