Academic Catalog

Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences

Office: 3939 Woodward Avenue, 313-577-1421
Interim Chairperson: Jinping Xu, MD, MS

The Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences (DFMPHS) has a strong public health focus with an emphasis on applications of socio-behavioral and medical sciences to community health problems. Public health is a population-based approach to communities that addresses health promotion, disease prevention, restoration and maintenance of health. The skills and scientific approach required in public health include epidemiology, biostatistics, research methodology, health services research, and behavioral sciences. Central to the approach of public health is a focus on community-level influences on health including social, economic, cultural, ethnic, and environmental factors. Public health research methods involve defining selected community problems, proposing studies and solutions, surveillance, evaluating progress, and monitoring the use of resources.

The MPH Program at WSU is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit public health educational programs. The interdisciplinary nature of public health is reinforced in required and elective courses.

M.D. Medical Education

The DFMPHS faculty is well integrated into the didactic and clinical education of students throughout all levels of medical school. Our faculty participate in the early training of medical students through active teaching in the Population, Patient, Physician, Professionalism (P4) and Clinical Experiential Clerkship (CEC) courses. In the final clinical years of training, we lead the required family medicine and sub-intern clerkships, and offer several elective courses including a public health elective.  

Graduate Medical Education

Graduate medical education within the DFMPHS consists of 3 residency programs, each distinctly different in scope and educational mission.

Our WSU Categorical Family Medicine Residency Program is located in Rochester Hills on the campus of Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital. Our 1-year WSU Transitional Year Residency Program is also located at our Rochester Hills campus at Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital. The program is designed to provide the educational structure and foundation for first year residents to gain experience in a variety of inpatient and outpatient clinical settings in preparation for their terminal categorical programs.

Our 3-year WSU Preventive Medicine Residency Program provides resident training which focuses on clinical preventive medicine and public health sciences for urban populations, underserved populations, and in local correctional facilities.

The DFMPHS maintains a strong research emphasis on improving clinical primary care practice and reducing the burden of health disparities. The Department has achieved national recognition for its high level of external NIH funding, and for the last five years, the Blue Ridge Report has ranked us in the top ten of 150 Family Medicine Departments in the U.S and first in Michigan in 2020.

BINIENDA, JULIANN: Ph.D., M.A., B.A., Wayne State University; Professor

BLESSMAN, JAMES E.: M.D., Michigan State University; M.P.H., University of Washington; B.S., University of Michigan; Assistant Professor

BOOZA, JASON: Ph.D., M.A., Wayne State University; B.S., University of Detroit; Assistant Professor

CARCONE, APRIL: Ph.D., Wayne State University; M.S.W., University of Michigan; Associate Professor

CHADWELL, MARGIT C.: M.D., B.A., Wayne State University; Associate Professor

COUMARBATCH, JIRA: M.D., B.A., Wayne State University; Assistant Professor

CULBERT, KRISTEN: Ph.D., Michigan State University ; Assistant Professor

DAILEY, RHONDA: M.D., Carver College of Medicine; Assistant Professor

ELLIS, DEBORAH : Ph.D., M.A., Michigan State University; B.A., University of Michigan; Professor

GHOSH, SAMIRAN: Ph.D., University of Connecticut; M.S., University of Maryland; B.S., University of Calcutta; Professor

GLEASON-COMSTOCK, JULIE: Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Assistant Professor

JAMESDANIEL, SAMSON: M.D., B.S.M.S., Tamil Nadu Dr.M.G.R. Medical University; Ph.D. University of Madras; Assistant Professor (Research Educator)

JANISSE, JAMES: Ph.D., Wayne State University; Associate Professor

KORZENIEWSKI, STEVEN: Ph.D., M.S., Michigan State University; Associate Professor Clinical

LIU, YOUCHENG: M.D., Nanjing Medical University; M.P.H., Beijing Medical University ; Associate Professor

MACDONELL, KAREN: Ph.D., Loyola University; M.S., DePaul University; B.A., Kalamazoo College; Associate Professor Research Educator

MADDEN, ERIN: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin; M.P.H., University of New Mexico; Assistant Professor

MAHAS, RACHEL: Ph.D., University of Toledo; M.P.H., Georgia Southern University; M.P.H. Program Director and Assistant Professor Clinical

MCLEOD, MICHAEL: J.D., University of Michigan; M.P.H., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Assistant Professor Clinical Educator

NEALE, ANN V.: Ph.D., M.A., B.A., Wayne State University; M.P.H., University of Texas; Professor

OUTLAW, ANGULIQUE: Ph.D., M.A., B.A., Wayne State University; Associate Professor (Research)

TIURA, ANGELA: Ph.D., M.A., B.A., Wayne State University; Associate Professor

TOWNER, ELIZABETH: Ph.D., Eastern Michigan University; M.S., Eastern Michigan University; B.A., George Washington University; Assistant Professor

TSILIMINGRAS, DENNIS: M.D., Wayne State University; M.P.H., Boston University; B.A., Wayne State University ; Associate Professor (Research Educator)

WILLIAMS, RALPH E. II: M.D., Wayne State University; B.S., Oakland University; Clinical Assistant Professor

XU, JINPING: M.D.,M.S., Shandong Medical University; Professor

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