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Featured Faculty Members

Fisher faculty in the MPH program are experienced in the fields of health care, policy, and leadership in private, public, or non-profit health industries. They use a practice-oriented, applied approach to focus on your future work in the ever-changing health care field. Learn more about our dedicated faculty.

Marta Rodríguez-Galán

Marta Rodríguez-Galán

Marta Rodríguez-Galán

Associate Professor of sociology, anthropology, and public health, Dr. Marta Rodríguez-Galán is keenly attuned to the intersection of social environments and individual health. Her trilingual upbringing has significantly informed her understanding of cultures and her academic research. Passionate about seeking solutions for society’s health issues, Rodríguez-Galán encourages students to “listen attentively to the voices in their communities” within every course she teaches.

Her personal experiences as a caregiver solidified her research focus and career. While working on her dissertation, Rodríguez-Galán’s mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Thrust into managing issues of aging in her own family transnationally as a young person, Rodríguez-Galán saw firsthand how health conditions are personal and public—touching nearly everyone’s lives in some way. She became further determined to tackle disparities related to aging and mental health within Latino communities.

Health professionals frequently bear witness to poor health and the damaging effects of conditions that contribute to poor health. When health professionals are better equipped to “tackle the ‘causes of the causes,’ or the social determinants of health in a population, they will be able to make a significant dent in overall health at both the individual and community levels where health professionals work.” For Rodríguez-Galán, public health is a critical field of study because of the opportunities to influence health care rights for future generations.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) positions health professionals as strategic activists prepared to “push for urgent structural change with respect to the wellness of the population.” Rodríguez-Galán enjoys challenging her students to do just that. She believes health interventions must go beyond a clinical approach to involve “improving social, work, and living conditions; helping groups fight oppression; and de-stigmatizing mental health in our culture. Equally important is improving access to quality and culturally appropriate mental health and social services for entire communities.” She looks forward to working with the next generation of public health practitioners.

Terence Gipson

Assistant Professor of public health Dr. Terence Gipson brings global expertise to Fisher in health disparities research, minority health, and health promotion sciences. Before coming to Fisher, he spent time on Broadway, most notably as Simba in the critically acclaimed “The Lion King.” Let’s pull back the curtain.

Terence Gipson

Terence Gipson

As a young child, Gipson grew interested in the performing arts, a love that would stay with him for years. At the age of 10, he auditioned for and landed the role of Simba, going on to perform as part of a national tour from November 2001 to April 2003.

“Experiencing the moment that is shared between an audience member and the person on stage is where all your worries start to go away,” says Gipson. “It was a way for me to be somebody else for three hours every night.”

In addition to The Lion King, Gipson participated in productions of “Annie,” “Seussical The Musical,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and many more. When it was time to leave the stage, Gipson pursued a career as a public health practitioner. In this new role, he has traveled far and wide to pursue projects and serve communities. He has visited Ecuador, Peru, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Mexico to open public health clinics, develop maternal and child health care centers, and lead students in study abroad experiences at both Michigan State University and the University of Oklahoma.

While finishing his doctoral dissertation at Oklahoma, he began to look for faculty positions. A friend told him about an opening at Fisher. After reading about the public health program, he was immediately hooked. He knew Fisher would be his new family.

“I wanted to know that I was going to be supported through my tenure track by a welcoming community, and Fisher has done just that.” He joined the Fisher faculty in August 2021 as the first hire for the online graduate program.

“It was an incredible opportunity to be part of the start of the public health program here at Fisher. I want to be able to build a sustainable future for Fisher and also build the future leaders of tomorrow through my philosophy of teaching.” Gipson enjoys working with students and cultivating his learning experiences for others through his teaching. “I want to prepare the next generation of the public health workforce to show students what is needed and essential in this field,” he says.