Benedictine University Adds Two New Faculty Members to the Master of Public Health Program

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Benedictine University’s Online Master of Public Health (MPH) program will benefit from the addition of two new faculty members, Jeanette May, MPH, Ph.D., and Jude-Marie Alexis Smalec, Dr.PH. Their experience will help broaden the knowledge of Benedictine’s MPH students and better prepare them for successful leadership in public health.

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Professors May and Smalec’s real-world involvement in the research, development and implementation of critical public health initiatives are an asset to Benedictine University’s students, its faculty, and to the future of health care overall

Benedictine University warmly welcomes Jeanette May, MPH, Ph.D., and Jude-Marie Alexis Smalec, Dr.PH., as full-time faculty members of its Master of Public Health (MPH) program, available both on campus and online.

An accomplished health care researcher, May has spent the past 25 years working in the health care arena with a focus on chronic disease, wellness and population health. Prior work with George Washington University involved the development and testing of a decision-aid tool for providers and patients addressing patient weight loss and obesity. At the University of Illinois, she directed research for Chronic Disease Management and Prevention Arthritis Comparison grants, as well as a grant from the Centers for Disease Control. May has served as Vice President of Research and Quality for the Care Continuum Alliance (CCA), a Washington D.C.-based advocacy organization, where she led all research activities related to wellness and population health. She also worked to develop frameworks to implement, measure and evaluate comprehensive health care programs.

Smalec’s 20-plus years of experience in public health includes work with Cornell, Walden, the University of the West Indies, Program for Appropriate Technology in Health, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, UNICEF, UNFPA, USAID and l’agence Francophonie. Her international experience centered on a multitude of public health subjects, including behavior change communication, health promotion, health and culture, health disparities, adolescent health and development, nutrition, intergenerational communication, HIV and AIDS, substance abuse, sexuality, gender issues and reproductive health. Smalec was also a Benedictine University nominee for the BestCollegesOnline.com 2013 Online College Professor of the Year contest, in which she was a top 10 finalist.

“The experience that May and Smalec bring to our program will further broaden the knowledge of our students and better prepare them for successful leadership in public health,” said Georgeen Polyak, Ph.D., Master of Public Health Program Director. “Their real-world involvement in the research, development and implementation of critical public health initiatives are an asset to Benedictine University’s students, its faculty and the future of health care overall.”

About Benedictine University’s Online MPH Program
Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), Benedictine’s online Master of Public Health (MPH) program is designed for mid-career professionals and students who are new to public health. Courses can be taken in the traditional classroom setting on the Lisle, Ill. campus, entirely online or a combination of both. The MPH degree covers core public health competencies, an internship with a health organization and elective courses tailored to the students’ interests. More information about the online MPH program is available at http://online.ben.edu/mph/masters-in-public-health. More information about Benedictine University is available at http://online.ben.edu.

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