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Environment & Public Health - How Students Grade the Instructors


The EPH program brings together a highly qualified team of instructors with a broad range of professional experience in the environmental and public health sectors. Our goal is to create a dynamic learning experience, in which classroom lessons are linked to practical skills that will serve you well in your internship and beyond. We work to achieve this goal by selecting knowledgeable instructors and incorporating interactive learning experiences, such as field trips and demonstrations, into the course. Browse the information below for feedback from our students on just a few of their favorite EPH instructors.


Favorite Instructors
Learn about the top-notch instructors who inspire and motivate EPH students.


Student Comments About EPH Instructors

These comments, spanning several years of course evaluations, represent student praise of only a handful of the dozens of instructors involved in EPH.

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Instructor Names: Vincent Agovino & Sue Muhaw
Topic: Soils

  • They're a great tag team and are very helpful.
  • Learning about the different soils will help me in the future as a REHS.
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  • They make learning about soil interesting.
  • Super knowledgeable and great teachers.



Instructor Name: Scott Crans
Topic: Mosquitoes

  • [He] really knows in practice what he's doing. I think the subject matter is of great importance, everybody can relate to and interesting.
  • He shared with us good information about mosquito habitat and life cycles.
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  • Awesome. Knows his stuff.



Instructor Name: Mark Gallagher
Topic: Nuisance Plants

  • It was wonderful how Mark was able to lecture on various plants and then show us (right outside the classroom) for first hand identification of the plants!
  • Really enjoyed his lecture and learned a lot. Seeing the plants in person helped too.
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  • I liked that he showed us some of the local plants outside the Holly House to help differentiate among some of the similar plants that were part of the lecture.



Instructor Name: Rob Iler
Topic: Food Inspection Exercise/Report Writing

  • This was such an important exercise. I loved working with our small group to figure out which violation it would be and his friendly and knowledgeable way of instructing us. Though it may be painstaking to go slowly over the checklist, I think it's extremely valuable!
  • Very helpful with how to write a report and clarified some of the questions that arose during the exercise.
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  • Knowledgeable. Great practical advice.
  • Rob gave us some great tips for when we do inspections.



Instructor Name: Bill Jamison
Topic: Risk Communication

  • This subject was very practical! He gave us very good examples of what to say and what not to say during town hall meetings and intense questioning from the public.
  • Dynamic. Thank you for this lecture. Sense of humor is awesome. After a long, difficult week, laughing and learning is awesome.
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  • Love. Love. Love. I would honestly love to have him coach me for public speaking.
  • The best session yet! He is an outstanding presenter.
  • Bill was great! Interactive and enthusiastic.
  • Funny and entertaining.
  • He was great; very enthusiastic.



Instructor Name: Ned Lipman
Topic: Management Styles

  • Very helpful for my future job.
  • This topic is important to the field.
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  • Great teaching, inspirational words.
  • Loved the activity.



Instructor Name: Bill Manley
Topic: Food Sanitation Investigation / Report Writing

  • Bill is probably the most engaging speaker by far! He is VERY passionate about foodborne illnesses! His slides are concise and summarize complex diseases and he inspires us to tackle this issue humbly and respectfully. I have to admit that prior to his lectures, I wasn't that interested in food establishment inspections. But he made us see the full picture and how local health dept inspectors play such a vital role in public health. He really inspired me and now I am very excited about tackling food borne illnesses. His props are exciting, his presentation style is engaging and he is incredibly intelligent and friendly!
  • I liked Bill Manley's approach to bridging the science and practicality of inspections.
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  • Awesome. Dynamic. Good, sound, practical advice. I want to work on his team. Please don't tell my boss I said that. ;)
  • Bill is an excellent instructor. He is awesome! I found all of his classes interesting and useful.



Instructor Name: Karl Matthews
Topic: Public Health Microbiology

  • Dr. Matthews is a wonderful lecturer. I love his speed of speaking, he makes sure to emphasize important points. He makes people appreciate his topics, even though the subject may be difficult.
  • Dr. Matthews is, by far, my favorite lecturer. He is thorough, he repeats important concepts, and speaks slowly and deliberately. I especially loved the section when he showed photos from around the world to emphasize how different cultures are and their eating practices.
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  • Typically, micro has been hard for me to understand in the past but Dr. Matthews made everything easier.
  • He's my favorite. He inspired me to love microbiology.
  • Good guy, easy going, knows his stuff.
  • Great, great professor. He's funny and keeps me engaged in a topic that I really had no interest in to begin with.
  • He is excellent, best professor so far.
  • His twisted sense of humor is absolutely hilarious.
  • I have truly grown to love and appreciate Dr. Matthews' teaching style. His material is extremely intriguing. Not to mention his stories are a great aid to the lecture. Love him!
  • My favorite part of the course. Very interesting.
  • I like how all of his stories relate back to the material he is teaching. Also, I enjoy that he employs examples of outbreaks (using news articles and research articles) to familiarize the audience with the organisms he is covering.
  • I enjoyed Dr. Matthews' lectures. He was able to explain complicated material and make it understandable. Take the leap and try the scorpion!
  • Brings really good supplemental materials, pictures, and articles to lecture.



Instructor Name: Joe Mikulka
Topic: Environmental Enforcement / Water Pollution

  • I love Joe. Such a nice guy, very respectable, and just wants everyone to learn.
  • Made it very easy to understand the material.
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  • Clear and precise. A pleasure to listen to.
  • Amazing. Tells you what you need to know without rambling for years on end.
  • Excellent. Succinct and knowledgeable. Great lecturer.
  • Great information for future use, looking forward for more.
  • Joe knows about so many different topics! Solid and hazardous waste was informative and interesting as this is a public health concern that affects us daily.
  • Absolutely great teacher and very specific with information.
  • Very good lecture. Very concise.
  • Joe was awesome. You can tell he loves teaching.
  • What a great person. Informative and great instructor.



Instructor Name: Mitch Rosen
Topic: Occupational Health

  • His lecture was very interactive and relatable.
  • Mitch Rosen was funny and taught / demonstrated very well, especially showing us the hazmat gear.
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  • Workplace safety is very important. The class was very engaging.



Instructor Name: Peter Tabbot
Topic: Epidemiology

  • Peter Tabbot was an excellent faculty coordinator. I believe that he is also an awesome instructor. His questions on the tests were fair. Also, I appreciate the fact that he took time out of his class to go over the exams.
  • Extremely knowledgeable in all topics he has taught. Always helpful.
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  • He definitely taught me my entire college statistics class in a 3-hour lecture (which I am happy about), so now I actually comprehend what a chi square and rejecting a null hypothesis means. Well done, Peter.
  • Great, great professor! Knowledgeable, funny, and always willing to help students.
  • Peter is great and I admire his many years of experience.
  • Patient, knowledgeable.
  • Speaking about different study types and ways to calculate risk ratios and odds ratio were especially practical.
  • Peter is a great instructor and very knowledgeable about his material.
  • Peter is very passionate about public health and it easily comes through.
  • Wealth of knowledge and experience.



Instructor Name: Changlu Wang
Topic: Pest ID and Control

  • Excellent. Knowledgeable, informative. And Mr. Wang brought in specimens which was really cool.
  • Very nice and helpful. Took his time through a lot of info and I think that helped a lot of people.
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  • He knows a lot and explained things thoroughly.
  • I love how he brought live specimens into the class!



Instructor Name: Virginia Wheatley
Topic: Packaged Fod Labeling; Shellfish/Seafood Safety

  • You can tell the instructor loves what she does and she makes the class fun.
  • She is awesome and very informative.
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  • Awesome, she is so helpful.
  • Loves to instruct and interesting topic.
  • A wonderful presentation. The jokes were appreciated.



Instructor Name: Eric Zwerling
Topic: Noise Pollution

  • Eric is a humorous and intelligent speaker! The most valuable thing I received from his lecture was how prevalent and applicable noise pollution is to all of us. He illustrated the many health impacts of noise pollution and why we should care about this subject.
  • Made the topic fascinating. I'm serious. Great.
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  • Great speaker! Knows how to teach the topic.
  • Has lots of energy and is interesting.
  • Enjoyable lecture. I wish we had more time.


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