Alumni Profiles

The School's more than 12,000 graduates can be found making a difference throughout the world, in both the public and private sectors. Graduates hold major positions in health departments; in hospitals; in national and international organizations; in local, state, and federal government; in voluntary health organizations; in the corporate sector; and in health care and health promotion organizations.

Lisa Berkman PhD '77

Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and chair, Department of Society, Human Development, and Health, Harvard School of Public Health; pioneer in the field of social epidemiology; nationally known for her research on psychosocial influences on health outcomes

Michael E. Bird MSW, MPH '83

Past president of the American Public Health Association; received the Healthcare Hero Award from the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Native American Caucus, and the Congressional Asian and Pacific American Caucus; SPH Alumnus of the Year 2009

Garrett Brown MPH '91

Compliance officer, Cal/OSHA

Adolfo Chavez MD, MPH '59


Mexico's "father of nutrition"; developed protein-enriched tortillas as a way to deliver better nutrition to the country's poorest citizens.

Chia-Chia Chien MSW, MPH '74

Founder, Culture to Culture Foundation, an organization dedicated to shattering the barriers that prevent many Asians from getting mental health care   
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Nilda Chong MD, DrPH '00

President, Latinos 2050, LLC; former director of the Institute for Culturally Competent Care at Kaiser Permanente

Jack C. Chow MD, MS '85

Jack ChowDistinguished Service Professor, Carnegie-Mellon University Heinz College; former assistant director general, HIV/AIDS/TB & Malaria, World Health Organization

Susan Desmond-Hellmann MD, MPH '88

Chief Executive Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; former chancellor, University of California, San Francisco; former president, product development, Genentech

Julie L. Gerberding MD, MPH '90

Executive Vice President, Strategic Communications, Global Public Policy and Population Health, Merck; former director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administrator, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry; Public Health Alumna of the Year 2003

Lynn R. Goldman MD, MPH, MS '79

Dean, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services

William H. Gurtner MPH '70


Vice president, clinical services development, University of California, Office of the President; coordinates the UC System's clinical enterprise activities on its five medical campuses

Judith E. Heumann MPH '75

Cofounder of the World Institute on Disability; former assistant secretary, U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; World Bank disability adviser; School of Public Health's 1981 Alumna of the Year; received the California Alumni Association's 1999 "Excellence in Achievement Award"

Richard J. Jackson MD, MPH '79

Former director of the CDC's National Center for Environmental Health; former California state public health officer; coauthor of Urban Sprawl and Public Health; SPH Alumnus of the Year 2005; professor and chair, Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA School of Public Health

Dominique Kerouedan MD, PhD, MPH '91

Has spent more than 25 years working in developing countries, predominantly in Africa. Founder of the Global Health Concentration at Sciences Po-Paris School of International Affairs; director of the book Santé internationale: Les enjeux de santé au Sud, the first book in French about international strategies and aid effectiveness in health and development

Bruce Kieler DrPH '94, MPH '88, MBA, MA

and his colleagues Rudolph Henry MS and Rebecca Shawver MPA were awarded the Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose Memorial Award for 2014 in Bangalore, India, for the key roles they as grants professionals played in the innovative and collaborative development and sustainability of nuclear power technology training programs in the Texas Gulf Coast Region. The programs they helped develop were deemed “a model for the education of nuclear power technologists in India.”

Sir Michael Marmot PhD '75, MPH '72

Professor of epidemiology and public health, University College London Medical School; director of the Centre for Health and Society; knighted by Queen Elizabeth on Jan. 1, 2000, in recognition of his outstanding work in describing and explaining social inequalities in health

Sunne Wright McPeak MPH '71

President and CEO, California Emerging Technology Fund; former California secretary of business, transportation and housing

Marion Nestle PhD, MPH '86

Professor and director of public health initiatives, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University; author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health; SPH Alumna of the Year, 2004

Mary Pittman DrPH '87

CEO, Public Health Institute; former president, Health Research and Education Trust

Fátima Rodriguez DrPH ’11


In Kaiser Permanente’s National Diversity Office; helps the organization meet the needs of its culturally and linguistically diverse patients, members, and workforce
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Sandra Shewry MSW, MPH '81

President & CEO, California Center for Connected Health; former director, California Department of Health Services

Laura Stachel MD, MPH ’06


OB/GYN; while in Nigeria, discovered that hospitals there face a very basic obstacle to providing care: poor infrastructure; in response, she and her husband developed a portable device that uses solar power to provide reliable refrigeration, lighting, and communications systems
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Barbara Staggers MD, MPH '80

Director of adolescent medicine, Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland; received the 2008 Regional Public Health Hero from UC Berkeley

Peter Szutu MPH '81

Former president and CEO of the Center for Elders Independence

Barbara Terrazas MPH '76

Former director of planning, development, and policy, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center

Melanie Tervalon MD, MPH ’84

Melanie Tervalon

Oakland pediatrician and community activist; trains physicians in “cultural humility,” an approach that aims to ensure that increasingly diverse populations of patients get the high-quality and respectful care they deserve
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Peter C. van Dyck MD, MPH '73

Former associate administrator for Maternal and Child Health, Health Resources & Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

A. Eugene Washington MD, MSc, MPH '75

Chancellor for health affairs, and president and CEO of the Duke University Health System; former vice chancellor for health sciences, dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine, and chief executive officer of the UCLA Health System

David Werdegar MD, MPH '70

Former director of the San Francisco Health Department (1985-1990); instrumental in addressing the city's AIDS epidemic

Marilyn Winkleby PhD, '86, MPH '83

Professor of medicine, Stanford University; Cofounder, Stanford Medical Youth Science Program