Department Directory

Anthony T. Woart, MBA, MA, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor
Department of Public Health
Office: Rm 207, Prichard Hall
Phone: (304) 696- 5772


Dr. Anthony T. Woart is Department Chair and Professor in the Department of Public Health, College of Health Professions. He is also founder and director of the Minority Health Institute. His a recipient of numerous federal and state grants in support of his research and health education outreach activities focusing on reducing the burdens of health disparities among the minority and underserved populations in the Appalachia.
Dr. Woart holds MA and MBA degrees from Jackson State University and a Ph. D. from Boston University. He is a recipient of many academic and civil services honors. Most notably, he is a recipient of Minority Access Inc. National Role Model Award for Exemplary Achievements in research Worthy of Emulation. Since 2014 to present, he is a member of the Mid Atlantic Health Council Region III (US Office of Minority Health/US Department of Health and Human Services. Also since 2014, he is a member of the West Virginia Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission.

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Belay T, Woart A, Graffeo V. Effect of cold water-induced stress on immune response, pathology and fertility in mice during Chlamydia muridarum genital infection. Pathog Dis. 2017;75(5).
  • Belay T, Fu CL, Woart A. Active Hexose Correlated Compound Activates Immune Function to Decrease Chlamydia trachomatis Shedding in a Murine Stress Model. J Nutr Med Diet Care. 2015;1(1).
  • Belay T, Woart A. Cold-induced stress increases the intensity of Chlamydia genital infection in mice. J Microbiol Immunol Infect. 2013;46(5):330-7.

Presentations at Professional Meetings

  • Woart, Anthony T. “The Impact of Technology on Health Care: The Case of Liberia.” Presented at the Liberian Peace and Justice Foundation Conference on Liberia, Cincinnati, Ohio. August 8-10, 1999
  • Woart, Anthony T. “The Evolution of the Name Identity of American Blacks: A Socio-Historical Perspective.” Presented at the Association of Black Sociologists Annual Meeting. Fall 2000
  • Woart, Anthony T. “Patterns of Bluefield State College Student Enrollment, Drop-out, and Graduation rates: Implementation for Equality of Opportunity, Equal Opportunity, and Social Responsibility: 2004
  • Woart, Anthony T. “The Research Process: From the Laboratory to the Community.” Presented at Minority Access Research Role Model Conference: September 2005.
  • Woart, Anthony T. “Challenges, Strategies, and successes of Reaching Out to LGBT Population in Tobacco prevention and Cessation: experiences from the Field. West Virginia Tobacco Prevention Conference march 5-7. Charleston, West Virginia.
  • Woart, Anthony T., and Tesfaye Belay “Bluefield State College Minority Health Institute Cancer Awareness and prevention Program”. Presented at National Cancer Institute/National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCI/NCMHD) Health Disparities Summit. July 17-19, 209
  • T. Belay, J. Prol, T. Jamrose, and Anthony T. Woart. Stress Changes Production of Nitric Oxide and Proinflammatory Cytokines by Macrophage-rich Peritoneal Cells of a Mouse Model. The108th General Meeting of American Society for Microbiology. Boston, MA. June 1-5, 2008.

berhieGirmay Berhie, Ph.D.
Professor, Health Informatics
Office: 107 Gullickson Hall (Main Campus)
Phone: (304) 696-2718

Dr. Girmay Berhie serves as acting chair of the Department of Public Health. Dr. Berhie joined Marshall University faculty in 1991 and is currently a tenured professor and the program founder and Director of Health Informatics.  He was also one of the founders of the undergraduate and graduate Public Health programs at Marshall University. The Health Informatics program is the only program of its kind in the State of West Virginia and is one of only three programs in the country that is accredited by CAHIIM. Dr. Berhie received his bachelor’s in Social Work from Haile Selassie I University, his master’s in Social work from St. Louis University, his master’s in Information Systems from Marshall University, and his doctorate in Public Policy and Analysis with a concentration in Research Methodology from St. Louis University. He has also taken several courses such as Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Outcome and Effectiveness Research Regression Analysis in Public Health Research, and Applied Multivariate Methods at John Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health. Dr. Berhie has specialized and now lectures in the following areas: biostatistics, data analytic/data analysis, development and implementation of electronic health care records and Personal Health Records, hospital information systems and implementation, health informatics, health services research, program planning and evaluation, public health research, global health, developing instruments to conduct need assessments, and program evaluation at the formative process and summative stages. Dr. Berhie’s experience includes holding a position as the former Director of West Virginia Statistical Center where he successfully wrote and was awarded grant funds from the National Institute of Justice and the National Institute of Health. He has served as the Project Director, Principal Investigator, Project Researcher, and Independent Evaluator for numerous grants from NIH, DOL, NIJ, and SAMHSA. He is currently serving as the Project Director for the   Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program at Marshall University.

Dr. Berhie is currently the Executive Director of the non-for-profit organization, “International Medical & Academic Alliance (IMAA)”. He is part of a team that started a clinic named Summit International Health Clinic (SIC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in January of 2009. IMAA has developed a partnership with Florida Hospital Corporation. As Executive Director, Dr. Berhie applied to the US-AID program for $3.5 million to support the expansion of the Summit International Clinic into a specialized hospital.  This project expansion is still under development. Dr. Berhie has published many articles in the following peer review journals: The Research of National Institute of Justice, The Journal of Health Administration Education, The Journal of African Policy Studies, The Social Science  and Medicine and International Journal, The West Virginia Criminal Justice Journal, Strategies for Promoting Pluralism in Education and the Workplace, and The West Virginia Criminal Justice Journal. He also has several publications in progress that he co-authored such as “Efficacy of Telemedicine in Psychiatry and Mental Health Nursing in the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. He is also a published author (2012).  His book titled, “The Multi-Dimensional Development Evaluation Model: A Conceptual Schema for Evaluating Developmental Programs Proposed for Developing Countries” deals with the development of instruments on the Formative, Process and Summative Evaluation. He has also written a chapter in a book titled “Why Health Informatics: A Perspective”. Dr. Berhie is currently engaged in research efforts for the development of the West Virginia Health Innovation Center: The Center of Excellence in Health Informatics, Elevated Blood Pressure and Elevated Blood Glucose Level Risk Factors among West Virginia, Appalachian high school students: Problems Associated with a Growing Prevalence of Obesity, the development of apps in mobile e-Health intervention in obesity in rural areas, and the role of development and implementation of mobile apps and telemedicine in transforming health care in developing countries: a perspective. He also aspires to assist like-minded people in attracting Federal, State, and private funds and making research a potent arm for the Health Informatics Department both in the United States and globally.

crespoRichard Crespo, Ph.D.
Professor, Track: Global & Community Health
Phone: (304) 691-1193

Dr. Richard Crespo has joined our faculty in Global and Community Health. Dr. Crespo is involved in community health in West Virginia and overseas. He directs the community medicine rotation for family practice residents, teaches international track residents and advises them in selecting international assignments. Additionally he teaches community medicine to second year medical students. Internationally, he consults overseas three to five times a year in Latin America, Africa and Asia. The areas in which he works internationally are program design, disease surveillance, training trainers and evaluation. In West Virginia Dr. Crespo directs numerous grants in chronic disease management, diabetes control, school health and children’s mental health. Most of these grants involve rural health centers throughout the state and community-based initiatives.  Dr. Crespo teaches Community Health in fall.


Nandini D. P. K Manne, BVSc &A.H, MS, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Master of Public Health Program
Office: Rm 315, Prichard Hall
Phone: (304) 696- 3776

Dr. Nandini Manne received his undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University, India in 2008. He later received his MS (2011) in Biological Sciences and Ph.D (2014) in Biomedical Sciences from Marshall University.

Dr. Manne’s teaching interest include the areas  of public health biology, chronic non-communicable diseases, infectious diseases, epidemiology, environmental health and biostatistics.

Dr. Manne has authored/co-authored more than 25 peer reviewed publications and presented his research on several occasions at national and international meetings. His research interests include the examination of substance abuse and its various risk factors such as race/ethnicity, gender differences, employment etc. and screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment in diverse settings. His research interests also include the investigation of therapeutic properties of cerium oxide nanoparticles as a novel anti-inflammatory agent for treatment of various pathologies with high morbidity and mortality.

For a list of publications, please visit

Ongoing projects-

  • Integrated community program to address opioid crisis
  • Quick Response Team
  • Therapeutic efficacy of cerium oxide nanoparticles for the treatment of hepatic ischemia reperfusion in male Sprague Dawley rats.
  • Investigation on the use of SGLT2 inhibitors as a prophylactic agent to prevent the development of diabetes and associated metabolic syndrome in Obese Zucker rats.
  • Examining the molecular pathways involved in animals with sepsis among various age groups.

touchonRobert C. Touchon, M.D., MPH
Professor, Cardiology
Phone: (304) 691-8500

Dr. Touchon is an author/co-author of 43 publications and 45 abstracts.

On-Going Research Projects:

  • The Effect of Low Volume High-Intensity Interval Training on Glucose Tolerance, Insulin Sensitivity, and Cardiorespiratory Endurance Capacity in Individuals with Prediabetes.
  • Astra-Zeneca Foundation – Healthy Heart Program, Health Right, Charleston, West Virginia
  • Amarin AMR-01-01-0019: A Multi-Center, Prospective Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group Study to Evaluate the Effect of AMR101 on Cardiovascular Health and Mortality in Hypertriglyceridemic Patients with Cardiovascular Disease REDUCE-IT (Reduction of Cardiovascular Events with EPA-Intervention Trial)
  • Vascazen Study MARS-01 Omega-3’s in Metabolic Syndrome – Pivotal Therapeutics Inc.
  • Biomarkers in Congestive Heart Failure
  • Peripheral Arterial Screening in a Rural West Virginia Population

Craig Kimble, PharmD, MBA, MS, BCACP
Director of Experiential Learning
Manager of Clinical Support Services
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Administration, and Research
Phone: 304-696-6014
Cell: 304-593-5752

Dr. Craig Kimble received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) from Ohio Northern University in 1998. He earned a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Morehead State University in 1999 and a Master of Science (MS) in Healthcare Administration from Marshall University in 2000. Craig completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 residency in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Kentucky Hospitals and St. Claire Medical Center in 1999. Craig is a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Specialist (BCACP). Before coming to Marshall, Dr. Kimble was the Director of Pharmacy and Clinical Services for Fruth Pharmacy, a 30 store regional retail drugstore chain serving Ohio and West Virginia. While at Fruth, Dr. Kimble established a PGY1 community pharmacy practice residency program. He has previously served as a Senior Pharmacist Consultant for McKesson Provider Technologies and as System Director of Pharmacy for Holzer Health Systems. Craig was recognized for innovative practice by receiving the 2011 Upshire-Smith / West Virginia Pharmacist Association – Excellence in Innovation in Pharmacy Award and as Director of the Year by Pharmacy Systems, Inc. Dr. Kimble is active in both state and national pharmacy organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Pharmacist Association representing district 7 and is the current serving President for the West Virginia Pharmacists Association.

Dr. Kimble serves as both teaching faculty and as Director of the Office of Experiential Learning at the School of Pharmacy. He assists in overseeing the professional experience program, including both early (IPPE) and advanced (APPE) pharmacy practice experiences. This integral part of the pharmacy curriculum provides students the opportunity to apply their classroom and laboratory training in the basic pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice and to solve drug-related problems in practice during their final year of the Pharm. D. program. Dr. Kimble is responsible for helping to establish practice sites and placing students in appropriate rotations. He assists in training for and negotiates experience content with staff Preceptor Training at the rotation sites. Kimble also assists in overseeing the community service and outreach activities that promote the profession and the School of Pharmacy. As Manager of Clinical Support Services, Dr. Kimble works with retail and hospital partners as an advisor and consultant to help implement and optimize advanced services and programs. Dr. Kimble also serves as adjunct faculty with the Marshall College of Health Profession’s Public Health Program. Craig’s teaching and research interests include pharmacy management, finance and economics, experiential learning, and ambulatory care practice.