Inspired students committed to creating conditions under which people can be healthy.
To prepare future public health leaders with the skills required to address today’s population health challenges through the provision of high quality teaching and mentoring, scholarly activities, service, and community based projects.
Our Program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.
Graduates of CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health are equipped with the population health skills to address the world’s most pressing health issues. Westminster College’s Masters in Public Health Program was accredited by the CEPH on June 23, 2012 for the full five-year term, extending to July 1, 2017.
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Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Meet the Faculty
John Contreras, Ph.D., MSPH
Director, Graduate Public Health Program
Dr. John R. Contreras is the director of the Master of Public Health program. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and the University of Utah. Dr. Contreras also attended Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Contreras is a trained epidemiologist and has conducted numerous studies in infectious and chronic diseases. Dr. Contreras also served as the manager of the public health command center during the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics. His research interests include a variety of public health areas; one current interest is cancer cluster investigations.
Han Kim, Ph.D.
Director, Undergraduate Public Health Program
Dr. Han Kim is the director of the BS in Public Health program at Westminster College. Dr. Kim has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, an MSPH from the University of Utah, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington, where he also conducted research into the molecular epidemiology of colorectal cancer at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. His academic interests include undergraduate education in public health, the role of the liberal arts in public health education, and global learning. His research interests include social determinants in health, epidemiologic methods, and global health. His academic and research interests take him to Thailand and Myanmar, where he leads a service-learning trip for undergraduate students every May.
Colette Mcafee, Ph.D., MPH
Dr. Colette A. McAfee is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Toledo. Dr. McAfee is trained in health behavior and health education, and has experience conducting survey and community health research across various populations. She is interested in many public health topics, including older adult health, health disparities, end-of-life care issues, and chronic disease prevention and management.
Sharon Talboys, Ph.D., MPH
Dr. Sharon Talboys has over 15 years of public health experience in both the practice and academic setting and has worked locally and internationally. She was an Assistant Bureau director at the Utah Department of Health in Public Health Preparedness and was Co-Director of the Office of Public Health Practice at the University of Utah, where she also co-directed the Global Health Learning Abroad program to India. She has a strong interest in global health, social, behavioral, and community dimensions of health, health policy and administration, workforce development, and gender and health. Dr. Talboys is a graduate of the University of Utah, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, and the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Royal Delegge, Ph.D., MPA
Royal DeLegge is an Adjunct Professor of Public Health, teaching courses in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences' Master of Public Health Program. He has served, since August 1999, as Environmental Health Director for the Salt Lake County Health Department. Previously, Royal served as Director of Environmental Health for the Winnebago County Health Department in Rockford, Illinois and before that held various positions at the DuPage County Health Department in the Chicago metropolitan area. He holds a BS in Biology from Illinois State University, MPA from Northern Illinois University and PhD in Public Policy & Administration from Walden University. Royal is licensed as an Environmental Health Scientist in the State of Utah and is a Registered Sanitarian through the National Environmental Health Association.
Nicole Shepard, EP-C, MPH
Nichole Shepard received a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Utah and her Masters of Public Health from Westminster College. She is a certified exercise physiologist and has been in the health & wellness industry for 14 years. She is a Master Trainer and National Trainer for nationally recognized evidence-based programs. Her interests in public health include chronic disease prevention and self-management, health education, administration and policy. Nichole serves as an adjunct faculty with Westminster College in addition to serving as the Program Manager for the Utah Asthma Program and the Utah Arthritis Program.
Thank You to Our Donor
The program is made possible through a very generous donation to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences by philanthropist The Very Reverend Fredrick "Rick" Quinney Lawson. Rev. Lawson has been a long-time supporter of Westminster. He was integrally involved in the creation of the Emma Eccles Jones Center for Nursing and Heath Sciences, which was funded by his great aunt, Emma Eccles Jones' Foundation. As a reverend at St. Marks Cathedral in Salt Lake, Rev. Lawson is uniquely tied to the college since Westminster's nursing program conducts their annual pinning ceremony there. In 2003, he was presented an honorary degree from the college for his genuine concern for the community.
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