Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics

The Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics (PMB) is one of the largest departments within the School of Medicine and its standing follows from the prominence of public health in the mission of the Department of Defense. The mission of the PMB Department is "to enhance health in human populations through medical education, research, and service that support and improve programs of preventive medicine, community health, and health promotion in the uniformed services."

Yusra Talaat

Name: Yusra Talaat

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position:
Title: Regulatory Affairs Generalist

Email: ytalaat@idcrp.org (link sends e-mail)

Carey Schlett, MPH

Name: Carey Schlett, MPH

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position:
Title: Clinical Research Associate

Email: cschlett@idcrp.org (link sends e-mail)

Mika Ridore

Name: Mika Ridore

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position:
Title: Clinical Research Associate

Email: mridore@idcrp.org (link sends e-mail)

Martin G. Ottolini, MD, COL (Ret), USAF, MS

Martin Ottolini

Name: Martin G. Ottolini, MD, COL (Ret), USAF, MS

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Director of Education, Associate Professor

Affiliated Departments: Emerging Infectious Diseases,

Email: martin.ottolini@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)

Eugene Millar, PhD

Name: Eugene Millar, PhD

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position:
Title: Deputy Director General Infectious, Diseases Program

Email: emillar@idcrp.org (link sends e-mail)

Grace Macalino, PhD

Name: Grace Macalino, PhD

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position:
Title: Deputy Director of HIV/STI Research

Email: gmacalino@idcrp.org (link sends e-mail)

Brian Agan, MD

Name: Brian Agan, MD

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position:
Title: Director of HIV/STI Research, Assistant Professor

Penny Masuoka

Name: Penny Masuoka

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Assistant Professor

Office Phone: (301) 295-3173
Room: Bldg. A, Rm. 2060

Profile

Profile

Ms. Masuoka currently serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Her research and academic focus is on the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing in the field of public health. Prior to coming to USU, Ms. Masuoka worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center for 24 years.

Degrees

  • M.S. Geology 1981 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • B.A. Geology 1977 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Research

Predicting the Distribution of Vector-borne Disease
Diseases such as malaria, Japanese Encephalitis and dengue occur in areas that have environmental conditions favorable to the survival of the mosquito vectors of the disease. Remotely sensed satellite data can be used to map breeding habitats (such as rivers and lakes) and measure other variables such as temperature and rainfall. Environmental variables that are shown to be associated with an increase in mosquito populations are then used to predict the distribution of the disease.

Teaching

  • Introduction to GIS in Public Health
  • Remote Sensing Methods in Public Health

Areas of Expertise

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Remote Sensing
  • Ecological Niche Modeling

Selected Recent Publications

Masuoka P, Klein TA, Kim H, Claborn DM, Achee N, Andre R, Chamberlin J, Small J, Anyamba A, Lee D, Yi SH, Sardelis M, Ju Y, Grieco, J, 2010. Modeling the Distribution of Culex tritaeniorhynchus to Predict Japanese Encephalitis Distribution in the Republic of Korea, Geospatial Health 5(1), 45-57.

Michelle G Colacicco-Mayhugh, Penny M Masuoka and John P Grieco, 2010. Ecological niche model of Phlebotomus alexandri and P. papatasi (Diptera: Psychodidae) in the Middle East. International Journal of Health Geographics 2010, 9:2

P. Masuoka, R. Burke, M. Colaccico, H. Razuri, D. Hill, and K.D. Murrell, 2008. Predicted geographic ranges for North American sylvatic Trichinella. Journal of Parasitology.

Pope, K.O., P. Masuoka, E. Rejmankova, J. Grieco, S. Johnson and D. Roberts. 2005. Mosquito habitats, land use, and malaria risk in Belize from satellite imagery. Ecol. Appl. 15: 1223-1232.

Hakre, S., Masuoka, P., Vanzie, E., and Roberts, D. (2004). Spatial correlations of mapped malaria rates with environmental factors in Belize, Central America. International Journal of Health Geographics.

Masuoka, P., D. Claborn, R. Andre, and S. Gordon, 2003. Use of IKONOS and Landsat for malaria control in the Republic of Korea. Remote Sensing of Environment 88(2003) 187-194.

Amy Korman, PhD, LTCOL, USA

Name: Amy Korman, PhD, LTCOL, USA

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Assistant Professor

Email: amy.korman@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)

David Blazes, MD, MPH, CDR, MC, USN

Name: David Blazes, MD, MPH, CDR, MC, USN

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Program Director, Military Tropical Medicine Course

Email: david.blazes@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)

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