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Jacey Greece, DSc, MPH

Clinical Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences

Tel. 617-638-5137 |

Full profile at the BU School of Public Health site

Jacey Greece, DSc, MPH, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) where she teaches Health Behavior Theory, Intervention Planning, Health Communications, and Epidemiology. Her professional and research interests are rooted in healthy eating, food access and security, childhood obesity, community-based interventions, behavioral epidemiology, monitoring and surveillance, and program evaluation. In her teaching, Dr. Greece applies many field-based concepts, and emphasizes field-based consultancy and case method teaching as tools to teach technical competencies and relevant skills.

Dr. Greece has evaluated multiple public health programs to help improve the quality of life of individuals and families in the United States, particularly in underserved areas. Dr. Greece has conducted national and local evaluations for agencies including the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration and Administration for Children and Families, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In addition, she has worked on a number of research projects for the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Dr. Greece’s research interests focus mainly on changing environmental conditions and access to services and resources to ultimately affect health behaviors of underserved populations. For example, she is currently working on a project focused on systems-level approaches to fetal alcohol syndrome disorder as well as developing a metric to measure hunger in communities.

Dr. Greece comes to academia from many years in public health consulting and brings that experience into the classroom. One of the co-founders of the PBT STEPS Framework, she was awarded BUSPH’s Educational Innovation Award and has been awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award for courses in social and behavioral sciences and epidemiology. Dr. Greece applies her evaluation expertise to rigorous evaluation of educational curricula.

“Bringing real-life challenges into the classroom is essential to help equip students to solve real problems after they enter the workforce. The classroom can—and must—be a place where we use field-based approaches to teach technical competencies and help students acquire relevant skills. This is how we infuse public health with innovation and positively change population health.”

James Wolff, MD, MPH, MAT

Associate Professor, Global Health

Tel. 617-638-5399 |

Full profile at the BU School of Public Health site

Dr. Wolff is an Associate Professor of Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) where he teaches Planning and Managing Maternal and Child Health Programs in Low Resource Settings, Using Mobile Technologies to Improve Health Outcomes, Program Design for Global Health, and Making Programs Work: Program Implementation for Global Health. Dr. Wolff’s areas of interest include use of information technologies for education, maternal and child health, emergency medicine, leadership and management.

Dr. Wolff was the co-director for a BUSPH partnership with the Public Health Foundation of India and the Indian Council for Medical Research for faculty development. He is currently the Co-PI for a CDC funded faculty and curriculum development partnership with Muhimbili University School of Allied Health Sciences and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Care Improvement. Dr. Wolff is also the faculty representative for the field practice program for the Department on Global Health. Dr. Wolff is a former Senior Fellow at Management Sciences for Health (MSH) where he worked for over thirty years. At MSH Dr. Wolff assisted both public and private sector health and family planning organizations in countries throughout the world to improve their management. He has been a consultant with USAID, the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank, and a number of private organizations.

In addition to his management work and teaching, Dr. Wolff is a practicing physician board certified in Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, and Preventive Medicine. In 2007 he received the Community Clinician of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Medical Society. In 2013 he received the Norman A. Scotch Award for Excellence in Teaching from Boston University School of Public Health. In 2018, Dr. Wolff received the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, Boston University’s highest award for teaching.

"Only putting students in classrooms in chairs is not a sustainable model for education. It’s no longer about knowledge alone–students must enter the workforce not only with knowledge, but also with robust practice, and real, applied skills."

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Patricia Akins Elliott, DrPH

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences

Tel. 617-358-1357 |

Full profile at the BU School of Public Health site

Trish Elliott, DrPH, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Community Health Sciences dedicated to training future practitioners of public health. She teaches courses in health behavior theory, maternal child and adolescent health, and program management. Dr. Elliott uses a combination of simulation, case method, and practice-based learning in the classroom and is committed to using innovative approaches in academic-practice collaboration. She directs the Practice Fellowship Program of the Maternal and Child Health Center of Excellence, connecting exceptional students with year-long placements in public health organizations. She also serves as the Director Educational Initiatives for the Department of Community Health Sciences.

Dr. Elliott’s academic and practice interests focus on using implementation science, systems science, and process evaluation methods to improve the health of vulnerable populations. She is particularly interested in adolescent and family access to health services, the intersection of mental health and juvenile justice, school health, and health policies at the local, state, and federal level. Dr. Elliott joined the department of Community Health Sciences as faculty in 2013, after teaching for four years in an adjunct capacity. She received a BA in Psychology from Colby College, a MPH degree with dual concentrations in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Maternal and Child Health from Boston University where she also completed her DrPH in Maternal and Child Health.

Chris Louis, PhD, MHA

Assistant Professor of Health Law, Policy and Management & Program Director, Healthcare Management

Tel. 617-358-2077 |

Full profile at the BU School of Public Health site

Chris Louis, PhD, MHA is Assistant Professor of Health Law, Policy, and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health. He is also the Program Director for the Health Care Management certificate. His primary research interests reside in health care organization and delivery, Medicaid innovation programs, program evaluation, and cancer care.

He is currently a Principal Investigator (PI) on multiple state-based innovation program evaluations: (1) Phase 2 of the Massachusetts Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization and Transformation (CHART) Investment program; and (2) a HRSA funded grant seeking to improve care for chronically complex children. Dr. Louis is also the site PI on an American Cancer Society grant that examines mammography screening rates in Appalachia. He has published recently on breast cancer care delivery, Medicaid reform, and accountable care in journals such as the Journal of Health Policy, Politics, and Law, Health Care Management Review, and the American Journal of Accountable Care. Dr. Louis has nearly a decade of health care industry experience in strategy, operations, and project management. Dr. Louis’ past experience includes serving as a consultant and hospital administrator in CT, FL and NJ.

Dr. Louis earned his PhD from Penn State University in Health Policy & Administration. He also holds a Master of Health Administration (MHA) from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Sacred Heart University.

Lois McCloskey, DrPH

Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences

Tel. 617-358-1346 |

Full profile at the BU School of Public Health site

Lois McCloskey, DrPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), where she teaches Implementing Community Health Initiatives: A Field-based Course in Leadership and Consultation, and Sexual and Reproductive Health Advocacy: From Rights to Justice. She specializes in practice-based courses that engage students in the application of their skills and knowledge to real-life challenges.

Dr. McCloskey serves as Associate Chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences, Co-Director of the MCH Certificate, and Director of the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (MCH), a Center dedicated to the education of a diverse, ready-to-lead MCH workforce. Her work focuses on optimizing health care systems to better support the needs of women, and engaging and activating women—particularly in under-served communities—to be full partners in reproductive health care and planning. Prior to joining the BU faculty, Dr. McCloskey co-founded the Institute for Urban Health Policy and Research for the Boston Department of Health and Hospitals, and served as its Senior Research Scientist for seven years, leading research and community action initiatives designed to mobilize community residents, health professionals, academics, and policy-makers to eliminate racial disparities in infant death and pre-term birth.

Cristin Marona, MPH

Adjunct Lecturer, Global Health

Tel. 617-638-5234 |

Full profile at the BU School of Public Health site

Cristin Marona is an Adjunct Lecturer in Global Health at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH). She is a development leader with robust on the ground expertise in working with vulnerable populations, on social and behavior change communication, gender issues, innovation, policy change, capacity building, systems strengthening, and advocacy.

Cristin is highly experienced and skilled in coordination and working with international donor and community partners to address challenging poverty and equity issues, liaising with programs and implementers and bringing together synergies to create impact. She has deep expertise in implementation of high impact and innovative solutions specifically in terms of social protection, economic growth, reproductive health (RH), education, gender-based violence (GBV), gender and social inclusion (GESI) and vulnerable women and girl populations; proven success in identifying the immediate needs of populations, addressing those needs and cultivating sustainable solutions.

Jonathan Payne, MS

Adjunct Instructor, Global Health

Tel. 617-414-1260 |

Full profile at the BU School of Public Health site

Jonathan Payne is an Adjunct Lecturer in Global Health at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), where he is co-instructor of Using Mobile Technology to Improve Health Outcomes, and is a regular lecturer on digital health topics. Jon’s work focuses on the effective integration and adoption of information and communications technologies (ICT) to strengthen health systems in low-resource settings.

He has supported the strategic development and execution of national eHealth strategies in Nigeria and in Ethiopia, leading technical assistance for prioritization of government digital health investments, conceptualization of information system architectures, and implementation of key foundational health information exchange components, including national health data dictionaries and master facility registries. Jon has designed and implemented mobile health interventions for community health workers providing maternal-child health, infectious disease, chronic disease, and mental health follow-up in India, Tanzania, Haiti, Rwanda, and Mexico. Jon has also worked as a senior consultant, advising on the use of digital tools for malaria elimination surveillance and on strengthening capacity for eHealth leadership and governance. Jon serves as co-chair of the OpenHIE Terminology Services community, and is a contributing member of the Health Level 7 LMIC mHealth Workgroup and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 215 on Health Informatics.

Lynn A. Garvin, PhD, MBA

Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management

Tel. 617-358-2960 |

Full profile at the BU School of Public Health site

Lynn A. Garvin, PhD, MBA is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Health Law, Policy & Management at Boston University’s School of Public Health (BUSPH), and an Investigator with the VA Boston Healthcare System. Her research focuses on patient engagement and health information technology (HIT), investigating how health care providers and patients use HIT for improved outcomes and more effective, efficient care.

Dr. Garvin’s current research extends to healthcare operations management and to care coordination and post-acute care for underserved populations. Her work with the VA Boston Healthcare System developed and validated measures of Veterans’ digital patient engagement, focusing on utilizing personal health records, secure email messaging, and other provider-based online tools. Dr. Garvin has also served as VP of Corporate Communications for EMD Millipore, a division of Merck KGaA, and held leadership positions at Boston Children’s Hospital, IBM/Lotus Software and P&G/Gillette.

Judith Seltzer, MBA, MPH

Senior Director of the Performance, Learning and Impact Group Management Sciences for Health

Tel. 617-250-9417 |

Judith Seltzer is the Senior Director of the Performance, Learning and Impact Group at MSH. In this capacity, she leads a team of 11 diverse specialists who provide knowledge management, communications, research, and monitoring and evaluation support across the organization. Prior to this position, she was the Senior Principal Technical Advisor for Institutional Development for the Health Programs Group at Management Sciences for Health and the Principal Investigator for Institutional Development on the Johns Hopkins University-led HC3 Project.  In this position, she coordinated technical strategy for new business, contributed to knowledge management, worked on strategic staffing; and provided technical assistance in the areas of strategic and operational planning, business planning and new enterprise development, financial management, and all areas of organizational development. During her 34-year tenure at MSH, Ms. Seltzer has held numerous positions, and continuously provided technical assistance to counterpart organizations throughout the world.  Ms. Seltzer has published and presented broadly on such topics as business plan development, cost-recovery mechanisms, local rapid assessments, leadership development, and decision-linked research, amongst others. She is presently adjunct faculty at the Boston University School of Public Health where she teaches a course on Resource Mobilization.

Ms. Seltzer holds a Master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Public Health from Emory University.  Ms. Seltzer speaks fluent Spanish and functional French.

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