Meet the MPH Online Faculty

Meet the MPH Online Program Director

 Shubha Kumar, PhD, MPH

Director, MPH Online Program,
Associate Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine

Dr. Kumar successfully led the design and oversight of several programs in health care, disaster relief and education. She also launched an international humanitarian NGO for which she was the chief operating officer. Her recent projects include capacity building of health care NGOs and the development and strengthening of emergency medical systems in sub-Saharan Africa.

A welcome message from Dr. Kumar:

“Congratulations on your decision to pursue a graduate education. The public health field continues to seek dedicated individuals who see effectively addressing public health issues at the local, national or international level as their life’s work. The mission of the Master of Public Health online program at the University of Southern California is to assist in creating healthy communities around the world by preparing you to lead and collaborate with others in organized community efforts across a variety of settings. It is our goal to provide you with one of the finest graduate public health education experiences available. The carefully designed blend of theory, research and hands-on experience will comprehensively prepare you to become a future public health leader. The MPH online program focuses on providing you with the tools for finding solutions to today’s and tomorrow’s public health challenges. At the heart of the MPH online program is a highly qualified and multidisciplinary faculty with a strong commitment to applied, community-based health promotion. As a student, you can expect to learn from and be mentored by these impressive leaders in the public health field who place a high emphasis on collaboration with those in the Department of Preventive Medicine, the Keck School of Medicine, the University and the public health field at large. I encourage you to learn more about our faculty now.”

Meet the MPH Online Program Faculty

Spotlight Faculty

Sophia Gruskin, JD, MIA

Director, USC Institute for Global Health and Program on Global Health & Human Rights
Professor of Preventive Medicine and Professor of Law

Sofia Gruskin is a pioneer in global health and human rights. Her work, which ranges from global policy to the grassroots level, has been instrumental in developing the conceptual, methodological and empirical links between health and human rights, with a focus on non-communicable disease, child and adolescent health, HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence and health systems. Her notable partners include the World Health Organization and the United Nations Development Programme.

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Ricky Bluthenthal, PhD

Professor of Preventive Medicine

Ricky Bluthenthal has written more than 95 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as the American Journal of Public Health and Social Science & Medicine. His current studies include: an exploratory, mixed-method study on people who initiated drug injection in their 30s; an evaluation of substance abuse prevention interventions in Los Angeles County; and a community-based participatory research project to reduce multiple health risk among middle-school aged Latinos and their parents.

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Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, PhD

Professor of Preventive Medicine

Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati holds five academic degrees and speaks multiple languages. Her work focuses on community-based research and public health initiatives that explore the role of culture in health behaviors, with an emphasis on the elimination of health disparities, particularly among Latinos in the Americas. Her global research interests have allowed her to take as many as 19 students abroad every summer, for the past five years, to conduct independent research or their practicum in public health.

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Our faculty do more than work in public health.
They lead it.

The faculty who lead our online MPH program are among the most highly regarded educators and public health professionals in the world. Not only are they vocal participants in the dialogue regarding disease control, they are also committed to modernizing preventive care measures and invested in implementing health care practices and promoting health care education that creates healthier communities. Researchers in the Department of Preventive Medicine have been recognized worldwide for their studies in biostatistics, bioinformatics, epidemiology, environmental health, health behavior and prevention, detection and treatment methods.

They are widely sought for peer review and advisory activities and participate in diverse committees of:

The National Institutes of Health

The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council

The World Health Organization

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration

In addition to the groundbreaking research within each division, many faculty members are affiliated with the USC Institute for Global Health and the Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention.