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Heidi Rauch, Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Interim Director, MPH Program

Dr. Heidi Hancher-Rauch

Associate Professor and Director, MPH Program
Kinesiology, Public Health

Health Pavilion, 363 
317-788-2054
rauchh@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
community health education,  health policy and advocacy, program evaluation

Background
Dr. Hancher-Rauch has more than 16 years of experience as a public health educator with an emphasis on health education and promotion in hospitals, communities, and worksites. She has worked for multiple hospital systems within the Indianapolis area and has been engaged with various non-profit health-related agences through service and research. She has presented more than 25 times at national, state, and local conferences related to community and public health and has published more than 10 articles in the field. She works with the Indiana Minority Health Coalition as a program evaluator, is the national co-chair of the Advocacy Committe for the Society of Public Health Education, and is the Advocacy Director for the Indiana Society of Public Health Education.

Research Interest
Impact of health and wellness on learning; health advocacy, health policy, impact of wellness programming on health and business outcomes

Education
PhD, Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, 2006, Purdue University 
MS, Health Promotion, 2000, Purdue University 
BS, Psychology, 1998, Marian College 

Fun facts
I played tennis in college and have recently taken up the game again. Cardio tennis has become my favorite workout.

Favorite thing about UIndy
I love the students and the fact that I have so much direct contact with them on a regular basis.

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Dr. Amie Wojtyna, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology Department

Dr. Amie Wojtyna

Assistant Professor
Kinesiology, Public Health

Health Pavilion, 222
317-791-2553
wojtynaa@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
surveillance epidemiology, outbreak investigation, enteric diseases, commensal gut flora, antimicrobial resistance, food insecurity

Background
Dr. Wojtyna has 13 years of experience with concentrated efforts in the fields of enteric diseases, antimicrobial resistance, and outbreak investigation. She has held positions as a surveillence epidemiologist for both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Indiana State Department of Health. Her doctoral studies were an outgrowth of a U.S. Congressional mandate to investigate the link between using antimicrobials in food-producing animals and subsequent resistance in human commensal gut flora. Her current research focuses on U.S. Department of Agriculture food desert areas, food insecurity, and the implementation of a UIndy urban farm.

Research Interests
antimicrobial resistance in commensal gut flora

Education
PhD, Public Health – Epidemiology, Walden University
MPH, Epidemiology, Emory University
MSBS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical College of Ohio
BA, Biology, DePauw University 

Fun facts
I am a master preserver, organic gardener and member of the Indianapolis Extra Life Guild.

Favorite thing about UIndy
I am excited that UIndy is offering students the opportunity to have exposure to public health topics in an undergraduate program and that I get to participate in it. 

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Dr. Kara A. Cecil

Assistant Professor
Kinesiology, Public Health

Health Pavilion, 336
317-791-5613
cecilk@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
gerontology, health management and policy, emergency response

Background
Dr. Cecil comes from Lexington, Kentucky where she has worked in the field of public health for more than ten years. Her research interest is mitigating risk to vulnerable adult populations. Her training includes concentrations in gerontology and health management/policy. Dr. Cecil's research includes abuse of vulnerable older adults, risks to populations after major or manmade disasters, and differential risks experienced by aging workers. 

Education
Dr.PH, Gerontology and Health Services Management, University of Kentucky
MPH, Health Behavior, University of Kentucky
BA, Religion and French, Transylvania University

Fun fact
I enjoy just about anything outside: hiking, walking our dogs, "pajama walks" with our kids, shopping, or reading.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The commitment to student success in all aspects of student life

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Dr. Angelitta Britt-Spells

Assistant Professor
Kinesiology, Public Health

Health Pavilion, 223
317-788-2385
spellsa@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
under-recognized health needs and social determinants of health among vulnerable and marginalized populations

Background
Dr. Spells comes from Purdue University where she has served as a continuing lecturer. She also has served as a statistical consultant and an outreach health worker in the community creating and implementing health promotion/prevention programs among vulnerable populations. Dr. Spells' training includes quantitative analysis, health promotion, social epidemiology, and health disparities. Her research includes examining the relationship between determinants of health and health behavior/access among older Medicare beneficiaries, and exploring the impact of discrimination as a psychosocial stressor on health outcomes among black males.

Education
PhD,  Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Purdue University
MPH, Purdue University
MS, Applied Statistics, Purdue University
BS, Applied Mathematics, Purdue University