Central Office

at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health

The Region IV Public Health Training Center (R-IV PHTC) Central Office is located within the Office of Applied Public Health (OAPH) at the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) of Emory University in Atlanta, GA. The OAPH is the nexus for many of the training activities focused on public health workforce development within the school including the Office of Continuing Professional Education, the Public Health Training Center, and the Southeastern Institute for Training and Evaluation. Of particular note, the Executive MPH program (distance-based MPH offering) and the school-wide practicum program for all MPH students is also housed within OAPH. The R-IV PHTC is part of a proven infrastructure with a known capacity to deliver high-quality adult learning, competency-based training using a variety of instructional methods to the public health community in the state, nation and abroad. In addition to organizing and supporting the work of the R-IV PHTC network, the Central Office addresses the training needs of the public health professionals in Georgia.

The mission of the RSPH of Emory University is to demonstrate excellence in the discovery, dissemination and application of knowledge as it trains and supports future leaders in health promotion and disease prevention through organized community efforts around the world. From its inception, the RSPH has had deep-seated connections to the public health practice community. In addition to robust scientific backgrounds, many of its faculty gained their initial public health leadership reputations while serving in federal, state, district, and local public health agencies. Many faculty are considered icons in public health and have instilled in RSPH an unwavering belief that there must be integration between science and public health practice.

  • Training and Workforce Development Evaluation
  • Distance-Based Training
  • Field Placements
  • Infectious Disease
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Community Needs Assessment
  • Boards of Health Trainings

Kathy MinerKathleen R. Miner, PhD, MPH, MEd, MCHES

Principal Investigator/Project Director

Kathy is a tenured professor in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education and Associate Dean for Applied Public Health and serves as the principal investigator for the R-IV PHTC.  She is a leader, manager and educator in the public health field for over 35 years during which time she has been the PI on training grants in excess of $48 million. She is the Associate Dean for Applied Public Health and reports directly to the dean of the school. She has status in the dean’s office equal to all other associate deans and participates in the executive leadership decisions in the school.  Kathy has been instrumental in the development of numerous professional competencies sets and is a recognized expert in competency-based adult education development and delivery. She is an active member of both local and national professional associations, including GASOPHE, National SOPHE, GPHA, and APHA. She took the lead on funding and being one of the guest editors on the special issue of Health Promotion Practice dedicated to the work of the PHTCs.


Moose AlperinMelissa (Moose) Alperin, EdD, MPH, MCHES

Director of Operations

Melissa (aka Moose) is the Director of Operations for the RIV PHTC. Moose has over 25 years of experience as a health educator and instructional design specialist in public health. Moose has been the Co-PI or Project Director on a number of training, workforce development, and public health practice initiatives including the Emory PHTC, the Emory Center for Public Health Preparedness, Applied Public Health Informatics Curriculum Project, Evaluation of the Older Driver Safety Design Train-the-Trainer Workshop, and the Assessment of Immunization Training Needs and Educational Products and Programs for Medical Assistants. Moose is the Chair of the Executive MPH program, the online MPH at RSPH, and has taught working public health professionals in the distance-based format for 15 years. She holds a faculty position in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. From 2010 – 2014, she was the Co-PI of the Emory PHTC.


Laura LloydLaura M. Lloyd, MPH, MCHES

Director of Programming

Laura is director of programming for the R-IV PHTC. In addition, she is the Director of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) for the RSPH as well as the manager of the RSPH’s schoolwide practicum program. From 2010 – 2014, Laura served as the Director of Training and Workforce Development for the Emory PHTC. She led the Training and Workforce Development team and managed all aspects of the competency-based training and workforce development efforts. She has 25 years’ experience in management positions in the fields of CPE, program planning, training, health education and public health in the university, nonprofit organization and membership association settings.


Lisa McCormickLisa C. McCormick, DrPH, MPH


Lisa serves as the Evaluator for the R-IV PHTC and holds a position as a research assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at RSPH. In addition, Lisa serves as the Director of the Office of Public Health Practice at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health and has been involved with the South Central Public Health Workforce Development Partnership since 2002. She has worked with both state and local public health departments in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Lisa is the Associate Director of the South Central Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center. Her research interests are primarily focused on public health preparedness and response, the organization of response systems, and assessing interorganizational networks as a dimension of response capacity and community resiliency. She has also conducted research on preparedness education training programs and expanding emergency preparedness competencies.


Michelle CarvalhoMichelle Carvalho, MPH, CHES

Program Manager/Project Coordinator

Michelle is the Program Manager/Coordinator of the R-IV PHTC central office at Emory University. She has over 18 years of domestic and global community health experience and completed her Master in Public Health in Prevention Science at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. Prior to joining the RIV PHTC in 2014, Michelle spent 10 years as the Team Lead for the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) of the Emory Prevention Research Center. Her past work includes infectious disease research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and faith-based community work in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Recife, Brazil. Since 2004, she has worked on the dissemination of evidence-based approaches through national and state workgroups and local mini-grants programs to translate evidence into practice in Georgia.


Charita Alston, MS

Instructional Designer

Charita is the instructional designer for R-IV PHTC. She is a graduate of the Educational Technology MS program at Central Connecticut State University. Prior to joining Emory, Charita worked as an instructional designer for the Online Studies Department at Goodwin College in East Hartford, Connecticut. During that time, she had the opportunity to collaborate with author Dr. Marco Arenas to develop a digital textbook sample, Dynamic Spanish. She also created a self-paced classroom-management training program for first-year instructors called Clean Up Your Act: Using a LMS to Improve Classroom Management. Originally from Nashville, North Carolina, Charita earned her BA in Human Services from Elon University and has made significant contributions to her local community as a commissioner on the Town of Vernon Human Services Advisory Board.


Lori SwierLori Swier

Research Project Coordinator

Lori Swier is the Administrative Coordinator for the R-IV PHTC. She also serves as the Senior Research Project Coordinator in the Office of Applied Public Health for the Rollins School of Public Health, reporting directly to Associate Dean for Applied Public Health. Lori received her B.B.A. in Finance from Georgia State University. She has over 20 years’ experience in higher education administration. In her current role with the R-IV PHTC, Ms. Swier oversees contractual and fiscal activities, manages travel and expense reimbursements, provides editorial support and coordinates network meetings for the Center.


Hilary Merlin, MEd

Training and Communications Specialist

Hilary is the Training and Communications Specialist for the R-IV PHTC. She earned her MEd in Health Promotion & Behavior from the University of Georgia and her BA in Community Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She has worked as a health educator and advocate for over 15 years, serving in healthcare, educational and community-based settings. Hilary’s primary interests are children’s health, environmental health, advocacy and training for professionals. At the R-IV PHTC, Hilary coordinates in-person professional development workshops for the public health workforce through Georgia. She also manages region-wide communications activities, including the R-IV PHTC newsletter and website.


Cidney Wilson

Graduate Assistant

Cidney is a graduate assistant working at the R-IV PHTC Central Office. As a graduate assistant, Cidney supports many program activities including training events, needs assessments, evaluation, and communications. She hold a BA in Anthropology and Global Health from Emory University. Cidney is currently an MPH candidate at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University.