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.

Susan Cheng

W. Susan Cheng, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Department Chair, Public Health

Cheng joined the Benedictine University's Department of Public Health faculty full-time in 2013. Her research interests focus primarily on maternal and child health, special populations and mental health.

Alan Gorr

Dr. Alan Gorr


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

Lindsey Ho

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.

Jeanette May

Jeanette May

Jeanette May, MPH, PhD, is an accomplished health care researcher who has spent the last 25 years working in the health care arena with a focus on chronic disease, wellness and population health.

David Milen

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.

Georgeen Polyak

Georgeen Polyak, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Public Health

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

Carmen Price

Carmen Price

Carmen Price is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Communications.

Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson is a doctoral student at Princeton University. His current research interests are in the areas of Neuroscience and Medical Anthropology.

Heather Sipsma

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.

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.