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Global Health Network- Supercourse Developers

Aaron   Acosta   Adambekov   Ardalan   Chiu   Choubnikova   Dodani   Eltahlawy   Eshelman   Hays   Hennon   Huang   Husseini   LaPorte   Linkov   Lovalekar   Marler   Padilla   Rico Verdin   Sa   Sauer   Sekikawa   Shishani   Shubnikov   Songer   Trufanov  
Ronald E. LaPorte, Ph.D.




  • Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology in 1977, Masters degree in Epidemiology, 1981
  • 505 publications in Epidemiology, Global Health, and Internet
  • First Distinguished Teacher, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh 1989
  • Lillienfeld Award, APHA for outstanding life time achievement in education
  • Director, Disease Monitoring and Telecommunications, WHO Collaborating Center, Dept of Epidemiology
  • Developer and PI of the WHO multinational Project for Childhood Diabetes, involving 155 centers in 70 countries
  • 1994 Developer, Global Health Network
  • Numerous funded national and international projects from NIH, and NASA
  • Kelly West Diabetes Epidemiology Award from the American Diabetes Association
  • Born: May 29, 1949
    Died: October 30, 2021
Wen-Ta Chiu, MD


Dr. Wen-Ta Chiu is a neurosurgeon, epidemiologist, educator, and healthcare executive. Dr. Chiu is currently the Co-CEO of AHMC Health System, which is located and contains 10 hospitals in California, USA. He also served on the Board of Trustees for the University of Pittsburgh and Board of Visitors at Pitt Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, and is the Chair Professor of Taipei Medical University in Taiwan.

Dr. Chiu was the former Minister of Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) in Taiwan and the former president of Taipei Medical University. He has devoted himself for more than 30 years to epidemiologic research in Traumatic Brain Injury, collaborating with global researchers, including the late Professor Ronald LaPorte. His research facilitated the passage of the legislation of Motorcycle Helmet Use Law in Taiwan, which has saved more than 3,000 lives per year in Taiwan.

Dr. Chiu has published 486 academic papers and 31 book chapters in related fields. He has also obtained 25 awards and honors, including being the first Asian awardee for the David P. Roll Award from the American Public Health Association (2012). He also obtained the 225th Anniversary Medallion of University of Pittsburgh (2013), the Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) Contribution Award (2007 & 2012), and Legacy Laureate of University of Pittsburgh (2009).

Mita Lovalekar, M.B.B.S., PhD, MPH

  • M.B.B.S. from Seth G.S.Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, India, 1998
  • Ph.D. in Epidemiology in 2008, MPH in Epidemiology in 2003, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Research interest: Injury epidemiology, Application of the internet to dissemination of Medical information, Maternal and child health, Chronic diseases epidemiology
  • Current position: Vice Chair for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor in the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition within the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She is a research epidemiologist at the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory.
  • Dr. Ron LaPorte was Mita's academic advisor during her doctoral studies at the School of Public Health.
Faina Linkov, Ph.D.

  • Ph.D. in Epidemiology in 2005, MPH Community and Behavioral Health Science, 2001, University of Pittsburgh, B.S. Psychology, 1999 with Certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine
  • Maternal and Child Course coordinator, Pennsylvania Governor School for Healthcare (Summer 2002, Summer 2003)
  • Project Coordinator/Program Assistant at Magee Womancare International, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC Health System, 1999-2001
  • Research interests: cancer biomarkers, chronic disease epidemiology, Internet, and Maternal and Child Health
  • 70 publications in Epidemiology, Public Health, and Internet
  • Current Position: Department Chair and Associate Professor Rangos School of Health Sciences, Health Administration and Public Health, Duquesne University
  • Bio is here


Eugene Shubnikov, M.D.


Eugene Shubnikov, MD, Researcher from Novosibirsk, Russian Federation. He graduated from Novosibirsk Medical Institute - 1985.  Researcher at Institute of Internal Medicine in Novosibirsk, 1985 - 2017; Research Scientist at “SibDiab Ltd”, 1993 – currently;  Responsible executor of WHO "DIAMOND" program, Novosibirsk centre (Type I diabetes mellitus among children - multinational survey, 1990-2000); Participant of International Projects as WHO "CINDI" Program and WHO "Monica" Program (Risk factors for cardiovascular diseases). Responsible executor of USSR\CANADA Project "The Epidemiology and Prevention of Chronic non-communicable diseases among the native population of the North"(1988-1992), Investigator of Alaska-Siberia Medical Project (Chronic diseases among native population). Research Fellow in Department of Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh (February-June, 2000). Developer of the Global Free Library of Lectures at Internet - Supercourse project, 2000-currently. Developer of projects with The Library of Alexandria: Science Supercourse  Project -,  Research Methods  Library of Alexandria - and others, 2002-2020.

Francois Sauer, M.D.

  • M.D., University of Mexico, UNAM; MBA, Harvard Business School program in Mexico City
  • M.S. Systems Analysis, Spanish-American University, Mexico City
  • CEO Trans Am Group. Trustee of the Baker University Board. Board member of the International Relations Council
  • Prior to this, he was the CEO of Cerner International, which produces IT products for health industry applications including presence in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and Europe. At Transquest, Inc., he participated in an expansion strategy for the AT&T joint venture with Delta Airlines. Before that, he was at AT&T's Global Information Solution (old NCR)
  • 1994 Developer, Global Health Network. Author of numerous publications on health care, IT, telecom, and the options for their collaborative application
Eric Marler, M.A., M.D., C.M., Dip. Med., F.A.C.P.

  • Educated at McGill University (1949-1961). He worked for the IBM Corporation from 1965 to 1993
  • In 1993, he retired from IBM and became a consultant serving international corporations active in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa
  • He has authored and co-authored articles, theses, book chapters and/or web sites in the history of science, internal medicine, physical biochemistry, public health, botany, disaster preparedness, and a variety of industry and corporate sectors
  • He served as Trustee (1988-1993) and later Chairman of the Child Health Foundation (1999-2002) and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Japan Heritage Foundation. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Metis Beach Community Association and served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Volunteers in Technical Assistance (1990-1999). He also served as Trustee of the International Center for Research on Women (1980-90). He was Co-Chairman of the Disaster Communications Preparedness Sub-Committee and Member of the International Disaster Advisory Council of the U.S. Department of State, Agency for International Development, chaired by Mrs. Marilyn Quayle (1990-92)
Nicolas Padilla Raygoza, M.D.

  • M.D. University Autonomous of Guadalajara and University National Autonomous of Mexico(1984)
  • Pediatrician by Mexican Council of Certification in Pediatrics (1986)
  • Diploma in Methods of Clinical Research (2003), CoNaPeMe
  • Diploma in Knowing EPIINFO 2003 (2004), CoNaPeMe and University of Tlaxcala
  • Diploma Postgraduate in Epidemiology, University of London (2005)
  • Medical Coordinator of LatinAmerican Supercourse of Women's Health (School of Nursing and Obstetrics, University of Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Professor in Pediatrics, Statistics, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, School of Nursing and Obstetrics of Celaya, University of Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Member of Mexican Academy of Pediatrics (1998)
  • Associate Member of American College of Epidemiology (2001)
Dr. Walter W. Hays

During the past three decades with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and an NGO, the Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction (GADR), Dr. Hays has provided leadership for interdisciplinary research on disasters, post-disaster studies, and the implementation of disaster-prevention measures.

During this time, he contributed to the UN’s International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, UNESCO’s PAMERAR AND RELEMR programmes, and the former UNDRO’s SEISMED programme. The latter two programmes brought all of the countries adjacent to the Mediterranean Sea together for a common purpose—capacity building for earthquake risk reduction. He contributed to post-earthquake studies and policy development following notable earthquakes such as the 1980 El Asnam, Algeria, 1988 Spitak, Armenia, 1995 Kobe, Japan, the 1999 Kochelli, Turkey, and the 2011 Tohoku, Japan earthquakes.

Eman Eltahlawy, MD

Eman Mahmoud Eltahlawy, M.D., received her MBCH in medicine and general surgery and her Doctoral degree of public health and social and community medicine from the Medical School of Cairo University. Her current position in National Research Center is Assistant professor of Public Health and Community Medicine  
Dr. Eltahlawy has designed many health surveys, implemented health research projects and analyzed data. Her research projects have included public health problems and their effect on health.  She has been instrumental in the development of the Library of Alexandria Supercourse help desk.  She has experience in many of the proposed areas of the WHO EMRO strategic plan, including maternal and child health, health systems, communicable,  non-communicable diseases, conflict and smoking.  
Dr Eltahlawy was worked for WHO office in Egypt form Date from October 2010 up to February 2011 her Job scope was : National Representative Officer (Global Adult Tobacco Survey GATS)
Dr Eltahlawy was worked as Health Cluster Coordinator in Libyan Egyptian Border from February2011-June 2011 as her work
Shalkar Adambekov, PhD

Shalkar Adambekov is PhD in Epidemiology graduated from University of Pittsburg Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, USA. He started his education at Karaganda State Medical University, which was followed by a bachelor in biotechnology from University College London, London, United Kingdom, and master in Biotechnology from L.N. Gumilev National Eurasian University. He has also research interest in child health, public health, and clinical translational science. Shalkar has worked at National Center for Biotechnology, Nazarbayev University, and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has worked on research grants sponsored by NIH, Nazarbayev University, and women’s foundations on endometrial sampling, cardiovascular disease, neurological disease, metabolic syndrome, endometrial and ovarian cancers. Shalkar is an associate professor at Kazakh National University. Currently he is working for Task Force for Global Health as regional vaccine advisor to support COVID-19 vaccination in Central and West Asia.

Musa Abubakar Kana, MBBS, MPH, MWACP, FMCPH

- M.B.B.S, University of Jos, Nigeria (2003)
- MPH, Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, Nigeria (2006)
- MWACP, West African College of Physicians (2008)
- FMCPH, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (2011)
- Research interest: Maternal and child health epidemiology, Chronic diseases epidemiology, Health systems research and Primary health care
- Current Position: Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Kaduna State University, Nigeria/ Ph.D. Student of Public Health, Institute of Public Health, University of Porto, Portugal

Thomas J. Songer, M.Sc., Ph.D.

  • Assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
  • Secondary appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
  • Adjunct appointment in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie-Mellon University
  • Research interests in the areas of diabetes, injuries and health economics. He has completed projects addressing the socio-economics impact of diabetes and the motor vehicle crash risks associated with medical conditions
  • Currently working on projects to identify the medical cost related to child abuse and the role of health insurance in diabetes health care outcomes
  • Five years experience in using internet to teach classes in chronic disease and injury epidemiology ( and
  • Former Member, Armed Forces Epidemiology Board Committee for Injuries
Julia Choubnikova, M.Sc.

  • Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk, Russia (M.Sc.1987)
  • 1987-1993 Engineer, Institute of computer systems, Novosibirsk, Russia
  • From 1993 Research Scientist for Center of Endocrinology "Sibdiab"
  • From 2005 Web designer for the Supercourse project
  • From 2008 Manager, House of Scientists, Novosibirsk, Russia
Ali Ardalan M.D., MPH, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor and Department Chair at the Department of Disaster & Emergency Health of Iran’s National Institute of Health Research and Department of Disaster Public Health of School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, I.R.Iran
  • Field of expertise: Disaster epidemiology
  • Developer and director of several Just-in-Time (JIT) Supercourse disaster lectures about Bam earthquake, Asian Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina & Rita, Pakistan earthquake, etc.
Kawkab Shishani, Ph.D.

  • Ph.D. from University of Pittsburgh in 2003
  • Associate professor of Community Health Nursing
  • 20 publications in smoking cessation, NCD prevention, and global health
  • Invited to co-author chapter books: 1) Quantitative Methods (Chapter 8). Nursing Research: The International Council of Nurses Perspective (2009), 2)Global Cardiovascular Health (Chapter 43). Cardiac Nursing (6th ed) (2009), and 3) Nursing Interventions in Tobacco-Dependent Patients with Cardiovascular Diseases (Chapter 12). Annual Review of Nursing Research "Advancing Nursing Science in Tobacco Control" (2009)
  • Well established record in translating research into practice, community activities, and international activities
  • Serves as editor of Saudi Medical Journal, Applied Nursing Research, McMaster PLUS/PIER/EB Journals, International Nursing review
  • Consultant for the Jordanian National Council for Family Affairs (NCFA)
  • Recipient of World Bank Volunteer Service Award in 2002
  • Nominated for: Research Dissemination Award, Sigma Theta Tau 2009, Sasakawa Award "WHO" 2007, King Abdullah-II Creativity Award 2007
  • Serve as the coordinator for Nursing Supercourse
Apryl Eshelman, CFRE

Apryl Eshelman, CFRE, is the Director of Development at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. In her role as Director of Development, she raises support for scholarships, projects, capital needs and endowments for the school. In addition to reaching out to alumni, foundations and corporations, she stewards individuals who have a particular interest in the various chronic diseases and other health issues that faculty at the school work to alleviate.

Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh, Ms. Eshelman raised support for The Nature Conservancy’s global conservation projects. She was a commercial wholesale banker for twenty years, beginning her career with JP Morgan Chase in New York City. She has also worked as a wholesale commercial banker in Europe and, most recently, in Pittsburgh.

Ms. Eshelman has served on numerous boards of directors throughout her career, providing leadership and philanthropic support. She is a member of AFP and CASE.

Ms. Eshelman is a native of Western Pennsylvania and a graduate of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Sunita Dodani, M.D., Ph.D, M.S., FCPS

  • Ph.D. in Epidemiology, 2006
  • Global Health certified Aug 2003- July 2005
  • Masters in Clinical epidemiology 2000-2002
  • M.D. 1987- 1996
  • Developer SAHPA ( South Asian Health Preventionists Association ) 2004
  • Developer Pakistani Supercourse 2003
  • Rosen Kranz award of best presentation on Dean's day April 2004
  • National Gold Medal Award of best youngest researcher of Pakistan 2000
  • Aga Khan Foundation scholarship award 2001
Abdullatif S. Husseini Ph.D., MPH, M.S.


    Currently an Associate Professor of Public Health at the College of Arts and Sciences- Qatar University

    · Associate Professor of Public Health and Ex-director- Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University- Palestine.
    · Ph.D. in Epidemiology, College of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway, 2002
    · M.P.H., College of Medicine, University of Wales, UK, 1995
    · M.S. (Life Sciences), Department of Life Sciences, Indiana State University, USA, 1990
    · Research interests: Epidemiology of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors (cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, obesity, tobacco control,…etc).

    Dr. Husseini taught various courses at the postgraduate and the undergraduate levels including: classical epidemiology, advanced epidemiology, research methods, and introduction to public health among other courses. He also conducts training courses for health professionals, and advocates the application of research in teaching, policy and practice.

Andrey I. Trufanov, Ph.D.

  • Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics, 1980, M.S. in Radiation Physics, 1973, St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 100 publications in Radiation Physics, Computer Simulation and Information Security
  • Numerous funded contracts with leading Russian ITT and Space Corporations
  • Professor, Irkutsk State Technical University, Irkutsk, Russia, since 1995
  • Award of the Ministry of Education, Russian Federation, 2001
  • Director, Information Policy Center, Irkutsk State Technical University, Irkutsk, Russia, 2001-2003
  • Member, Editorial Board, Russian National Journal "Security of Information Technologies", Moscow, Russia, since 1997
  • Research Fellow: School of Law, University of Zaragoza, September, 2003; School of Information Sciences , University of Pittsburgh, February-June, 2000; National Research Center for Computers and Law, University of Oslo, February-April, 1998
  • European LEFIS Nework("Legal Framework for the Information Society") collaborator, since 2003
Meredith G. Hennon, MPH
  • MPH, Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, 2010.
  • Research Specialist, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Epidemiology
EunRyoung Sa, M.S.

  • MS. Health Education, Ewha Woman's Univ., Seoul, Korea, 1994
  • MS. Information Science and Telecommunication Technology, Ajou University, Seoul, Korea, 1998
  • Researcher. Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, Seoul, Korea: Health and Medical Reform in Korea/ Information System and Telemedicine in Medical and Public Health Area and the health policy, 1995-1996
  • Researcher. Ajou University, School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea: Telemedicine System for Home-care Nursing, 1997-1998
  • Researcher. Heidelberg University, School of Medicine, Heidelberg, Germany: The Quality of Health Information on the Internet/ The Impact of Using the Internet for Health & Patient Education, 1999
  • Ph.D. Student of Epidemiology in the University of Pittsburgh
  • George Brown college, Toronto, Canada
Beatriz Rico Verdin, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Ph.D. in Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh
  • M.D. from the National University of Mexico, 1988
  • Specialization in Epidemiology from the Mexican Institute of the Social Security, 1995
  • Master Degree in Medical Informatics from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, 1999
  • Epidemiologist of the Mexican Institute of the Social Security, 1995-1998
  • Assistant professor in graduate courses in the Mexican Institute of the Social Security, 1996-1998
  • 6 publications in epidemiological topics related to diabetes mellitus and chronic gastritis
Benjamin Acosta, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Benjamin Acosta-Cazares Alumni Award 2020   URL
  • M.D. from the National University of Mexico, 1990, Ph.D, University of Pittsburgh, 2015
  • Specialization in Epidemiology from the Mexican Institute of the Social Security, 1995
  • Head of the Department of Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies, Ministry of Health, Mexico 1996
  • Professor of Epidemiology. National University of Mexico, Graduate School of Medicine. From 2007 to date.

  • Head of area of strategic information.Mexican Institute of the Social Security, Coordination of Epidemiologic Surveillance. From 2003 to date.


Akira Sekikawa M.D., Ph.D., Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
  • Fellow, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, American Heart Association
  • Ph.D. in Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, 1999
  • MPH in Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, 1996
  • Ph.D. in Medical Science, Yamagata University, Japan, 1991
  • M.D., School of Medicine, Tohoku University, Japan, 1983
  • Research interest: Epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes
  • Principal Investigator of American Heart Association funded research project (2001-2002)
  • University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Scientific Award, 2001
  • Japanese Society of Internal Medicine Award, 1991
  • Former resource person for the WorldBank
Deborah J. Aaron, Ph.D., M.S.I.S.

    Deborah J. Aaron


  • Born: June 13, 1956 Brookville, Pa.
    Died: Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Jianshi (Jesse) Huang, M.D., M.H.PE, MPH, MBA