Graduate Program Coordinator
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Meet the Faculty
John Contreras, PhD, MSPH
Director, Graduate Public Health Program
Dr. John R. Contreras is the director of the Master of Public Health program. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and the University of Utah. Dr. Contreras also attended Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Contreras is a trained epidemiologist and
has conducted numerous studies in infectious and chronic diseases. Dr. Contreras also served as the manager of the public health command center during the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics. His research interests include a variety of public health areas;
one current interest is cancer cluster investigations.
Han Kim, PhD
Dr. Han Kim has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, an MSPH from the University of Utah, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington,
where he also conducted research into the molecular epidemiology of colorectal cancer at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. His academic interests include undergraduate education in public health, the role of the liberal
arts in public health education, and global learning. His research interests include social determinants in health, epidemiologic methods, and global health. His academic and research interests take him to Thailand and Myanmar, where he leads a service-learning
trip for undergraduate students every May.
Colette Mcafee, PhD, MPH
Director, Undergraduate Public Health Program
Dr. Colette A. McAfee is the director of the BS in Public Health program at Westminster College and an Assistant Professor of Public Health, teaching both in the undergraduate and graduate public health programs. Dr. McAfee is trained in health behavior and health education, and has experience conducting survey and community
health research across various populations. Her interests include various public health topics, including older adult health, health disparities, end-of-life care issues, and chronic disease prevention and management. Dr. McAfee has a PhD in Health
Education from the University of Toledo, where she conducted research on racial and ethnic health disparities in advance care planning, an MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan, and a BA in Psychology from the University
Royal Delegge, PhD, MPA
Royal DeLegge is an Adjunct Professor of Public Health, teaching courses in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences' Master of Public Health Program. He has served, since August 1999, as Environmental Health Director for the Salt Lake County Health
Department. Previously, Royal served as Director of Environmental Health for the Winnebago County Health Department in Rockford, Illinois and before that held various positions at the DuPage County Health Department in the Chicago metropolitan area.
He holds a BS in Biology from Illinois State University, MPA from Northern Illinois University and PhD in Public Policy & Administration from Walden University. Royal is licensed as an Environmental Health Scientist in the State of Utah and is a
Registered Sanitarian through the National Environmental Health Association.
Nicole Shepard, EP-C, MPH
Nichole Shepard received a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Utah and her Masters of Public Health from Westminster College. She is a certified exercise physiologist and has been in the health & wellness
industry for 14 years. She is a Master Trainer and National Trainer for nationally recognized evidence-based programs. Her interests in public health include chronic disease prevention and self-management, health education, administration and policy.
Nichole serves as an adjunct faculty with Westminster College in addition to serving as the Program Manager for the Utah Asthma Program and the Utah Arthritis Program.