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    • Bhutan (We will be launching a new 3 week
      program in Bhutan come summer 2023.
      Please stay tuned for more information)
    • Ghana
    • India
    • Peru
    • South Korea




Scott Benson L. Scott Benson, MD, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Division of Public Health
Core Faculty, MPH Global Health Emphasis
Co-Director, Ghana + Paris Learning Abroad Program
Co-Director, Peru Learning Abroad Program

I am an Associate Professor in the Division of Public Health and the Division of Infectious Diseases in the School of Medicine at the University of Utah. I work as a clinician, scientist and educator. In my role as a clinician, I served as the Director of the International Travel Clinic, and specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of tropical diseases in returning travelers in addition to caring for general infectious disease patients in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. In addition to providing clinical care, I developed and maintained educational material and protocols to train other clinicians and their nursing staff to provide effective and evidence-based education to patients seeking care. I am also the director of University Learning Abroad programs in Peru and Ghana. We embrace Utah and our local underserved communities in our Global Health programing, recognizing that Utah and local populations are part of the globe and Global Health is not International Health. In both Utah, and abroad, an emphasis of our work is developing screening and disease surveillance programs for local district health programs. We have developed and run screening programs with local health officials for both infectious and non-communicable diseases. My recent research on Global Health includes working with health care providers and community representatives to identify the role of the environment in the spread of multi-drug resistant salmonella typhii in Pakistan. In Utah, my role has been working with local employers deemed essential to develop non-invasive screening programs that do not interfere with plant operations and yet provide safety to the workforce.

Research Interests:
Environmental Health, Global Health, Infectious Disease

Lisa H. Gren, PhD

Associate Professor, Division of Public Health
Co-Director, Peru Learning Abroad Program

Lisa Gren, PhD, MSPH is an Associate Professor in the Division of Public Health at the University of Utah. Dr. Gren has earned a BS degree in microbiology, MSPH in Public Health, and PhD in Public Health. She teaches Introduction to Biostatistics (PBHLT 6100) and Public Health Systems and Services (PBHLT 6500). Dr. Gren is the Director for the University of Utah Primary Care Research Network, and Director for the Center for Research on Migration and Refugee Immigration.

My overall research goal is to identify the right type of care needed to improve health, and deliver it to the right person at the right time. My clinical trials work is focused on finding the right type of care, and has resulted in (1) changes to the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommendations on cancer screening and (2) updates to hypertension management guidelines. My work in primary care clinics is focused on improving quality of care, and satisfaction of patients, providers and staff. My work with refugees and immigrants, as well as international work in Ghana and Korea, is focused on descriptive epidemiology to identify health needs, followed by community engagement to implement interventions that improve population health.

Research Interests:
Clinical Quality Improvement, Clinical Trials of Screening and Disease Management, Population Health Evaluation, Practice Transformation, Refugee Integration

Tejinder P. Singh, BDS, MDS, MPH

Associate Professor, Division of Public Health
Core Faculty, MPH Global Health Emphasis
Director, Exploring South Korea Learning Abroad
Director, Himalayas Learning Abroad Program

Tejinder P. (TP) Singh, BDS, MDS, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Division of Public Health. He joined the Division of Public Health as an Adjunct Instructor and has played a key role in fostering academic collaborations and engaging communities promoting the practice of Public Health globally. He is also working for the School of Dentistry bridging dentistry and public health to promote preventive oral health programs in Utah. He directs a learning abroad program for the Division of Public Health to India and South Korea for promoting scholarship including research in gender equity, nutrition and water sanitation and hygiene. TP Singh earned a BDS and MDS (Prosthodontics) degree from Government Dental College & Hospital, Amritsar, before continuing on to earn a MPH at the University of Utah.

My research focus is community-engaged intervention to seek solutions promising a life of dignity and well-being for individuals and communities; locally, nationally and globally.

Research Interests:
Adolescent Nutrition, Community Engagement, Cultural and Gender Studies, Health and Legal Literacy, Malnutrition Among Children, Social Determinants of Health

Sharon L. Talboys, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Division of Public Health
Core Faculty, MPH Global Health Emphasis
Director of Learning Abroad & Continuing Education

As both a social and behavioral scientist and a seasoned public health practitioner, my research tends to focus on the implementation of public health interventions in the real world. I spent 12 years at the Utah Department of Health in maternal and child health and in public health preparedness as an analyst, program director, and administrator. After transitioning to academia in 2010, I was a PI and co-investigator on several community-based research projects in India and Africa in the areas of gender and health, violence against women, child nutrition, and water sanitation and hygiene. I conducted a demographic and health surveys in India and Bolivia and a community-based household survey on violence against women in India. I have strong research partners in India and Ghana, and served at the Ensign College of Public Health. I teach graduate courses in Global Health, Program Planning and Evaluation, and Capstone Research. As researcher, my strengths are in survey design, qualitative methods, community health assessment, and participatory appraisals.

Research Interests:
Implementation of Public Health Interventions

Adjunct Faculty
Ty Triston Dickerson, MD, MPH

Adjunct Professor, Division of Public Health
Co-Director, Ghana + Paris Learning Abroad Program


y Dickerson, MD, MPH, FAAP is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Professor of Public Health at the University of Utah School of Medicine where he also serves as the Assistant Dean of Global Health Education. He practices as a pediatric hospitalist at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah where he combines the clinical care of hospitalized children with the education of medical students and resident physicians. Dr. Dickerson’s interests include community-based maternal & child health in resource-poor settings. He has authored or co-authored 15 peer-reviewed research articles and many abstracts related to global maternal and child health and has worked as a program manager to develop and implement a community-based maternal & newborn health outreach program in rural Tibet. In addition to teaching clinical medicine, Dr. Dickerson directs the Graduate Certificate in Global Medicine, co-directs the Ghana Global Health Learning Abroad Program and lectures frequently on clinical pediatrics and global health in a variety of settings.

Research Interests:
Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Pediatric Inpatient Medicine

Frederick L. Gottlieb, MD, MPH

Adjunct Associate Professor, Division of Public Health
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

Dr. Gottlieb is Board Certified in Internal Medicine as well as Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Care. He specializes in maintaining wellness and independence for older adults, including those with complex medical conditions. He received his medical degree in 1984 from West Virginia School of Medicine in Morgantown, West Virginia. In 1987 He completed his post-graduate Primary Care Internal Medicine residency in 1987 at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California. He also has completed a Master's of Public Health at the University of Utah.

Dr. Gottlieb has global health experiences in: refugee work in Indonesian New Guinea; tsunami disaster relief in Indonesia; Peace Corps Medical Officer for Southern Africa and medical work in Nepal, Bhutan, Assam, Myanmar, Guyana, Peru, Guatemala and Ethiopia.

Internal Medicine, Geriatrics

John R. Shavers, PhD

Adjunct Instructor, Division of Public Health

Dr. John Shavers is an adjunct instructor in the Division of Public Health. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1961. While serving, he earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a master’s degree in engineering administration. John retired from the Air Force as a major in 1981. He subsequently enrolled in counseling psychology at the University of Utah, earning masters and PH.D. degrees in counseling psychology. John practiced counseling as a licensed therapist for approximately ten years. John has volunteered his time throughout his life with various organizations including the Utah Aids Foundation (3 years), Hospice of Salt Lake (4 years) and Family Promise Salt Lake City (8 years). He is the Founder and Board Chairperson of Interethnic Health Alliance. Interethnic Health Alliance’s mission is to enhance the well-being and health of children, women and men in rural communities of developing countries, primarily Uganda.

Humanitarian, Promotion of Self-Sustaining Education and Health