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Steering Committee

Theodore Brown

Brown, Theodore M.

  • Professor Emeritus of History; Professor Emeritus of Medical Humanities

    Interests: Dr. Brown's research falls into several areas, including the history of American psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine; the influence of organized philanthropy on medical research, health policy, and medical education; the American health left and its role in both domestic and international health policy; and the history of American and global public health.

    Nancy Chin

    Chin, Nancy

    • Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences and Medical Humanities


    Interests: Dr. Chin is interested in social class gradients in health, and women's position in society and its impact on their health and the health of their children. Dr. Chin’s teaching responsibilities include: PH 101 Introduction to Public Health I; PH 215 Public Health Anthropology; PH 265 Global Health; and PH 397W Community Engagement Internship. Dr. Chin is the primary advisor for students majoring in Health, Behavior, and Society.

    Richard Dees

    Dees, Richard

    • Associate Professor of Philosophy and Bioethics


    Interests: Dr. Dees’s research focuses on the social and conceptual foundations of liberal institutions and practices; the historical foundations of modern politics in the eighteenth century; and health care ethics, including justifications for modifying our brains, and the intersection of health care and political philosophy in public health ethics. Dr. Dees’s teaching responsibilities include: PHL 228 Public Health Ethics; PH 300W Seminar in Bioethics, PH 398A Public Health Senior Honors Research; and PH 398B Public Health Senior Honors Seminar. He is primary advisor for students majoring in Bioethics.

    Edwin VanWijngaarden

    VanWijngaarden, Edwin

    • Professor of Public Health Sciences, Environmental Medicine, Pediatrics, Dentistry, and Community Health


    Interests: Dr. van Wijngaarden's research focuses on the potential role of occupational and environmental exposures (primarily heavy metals and pesticides) in the development of cancer and neurological conditions in both children and adults. Dr. van Wijngaarden's teaching responsibilities include: PH 201W Environmental Health and PM 413 Field Epidemiology. He is the primary advisor for students majoring in Epidemiology and the primary advisor for students majoring in Environmental Health.