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Professor O’Kelley Wetmore is also a Professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene and teaches in the Master of Science in Dental Hygiene program.
Jen serves as the primary contact for the program. Her leadership and dedication are obvious in all areas of the department. She is the glue that holds us together!
Interest Areas: Reproductive Health/Women’s Health, Law, Young Adult Health Education and Wellness
Hobbies: Jen enjoys printmaking, gardening, chasing after her two dogs and is working towards her yoga instructor certification.
Why Public Health: ” Your lifespan should not depend on your area code. With access to education, prevention, and care we can improve the lives of our communities”, adding later, “Public Health isn’t optional– it’s a requirement of a vibrant, thriving community.”
Dave proudly serves as the (mostly) fearless program director as the MPH@EWU moves forward towards CEPH accreditation. Through his leadership, mentorship and strong public health background, the program has not only grown but flourished in the positive, student-centered environment he creates.
Specialty Teaching Subject/Topic: Health Equity, Public Health Policy, Environmental Health, Research, Health Finance
Research Interests: Competencies, Online Education, Program Mapping, Water Quantity & Public Health, Medically Involved Children
Hobbies: Outdoor Activities including kayaking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing
Why Public Health?Focus on the Community and Environment
Nick joins us as a full-time lecturer after working in the field with Panhandle Health District where he served as the Program Director for Health Promotion.
Specialty Teaching Subject/Topic: Process improvement, systems thinking, public health management, and epidemiology.
Hobbies: Nick’s hobbies include surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking, trail running, traveling, and spending time with his family.
Why Public Health?
When Nick landed in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to begin his Peace Corps service, he thought someone had made a mistake. At the time, his background was in economics, but he had been placed in community health. The country director encouraged Nick to study in the health sector for one week. If public health was not the right fit, they would change him over to business. A week was all it took; he has never looked back. “Public health is full of variety, challenge, and impact. It is the type of career where passionate, life-changers decide they want to make the world a better place.”
What do you like about teaching at EWU?
Nick appreciates the opportunity to be in an intellectually stimulating environment surrounded by peers who are passionate about public health. Graduate school provides a rare space in which you can envelop yourself with stimulating subjects, people who speak your same public health language, and just get it. They understand why you are here, and that public health is not a career choice, it’s a calling. EWU’s MPH program provides a foundation for graduate students to thrive and become the next generation of public health leaders.