Public Health Department (323) 343-4740

Eleanor Ferguson-Marshalleck
Associate Dean, College of Health and Human Services; Professor of Health Science; Ph.D., Stanford University; R.N.; P.H.N.
Contact: (323) 343-4737

Community health and primary care are two of Dr. Ferguson-Marshalleck’s areas of interest. She has expertise on public health, health promotion and prevention programs, and health assessment of communities.

Fluent in: Spanish.

Beth Hoffman
Assistant Professor of Health Science; Ph.D., University of Southern California
Contact: (323) 343-4706

Dr. Hoffman’s areas of interest include adolescent substance use and prevention, and social network analysis.

William M. London
Professor of Health Science; Ed.M., Ed.D., University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Contact: (323) 343-5867

Dr. London is a specialist in the study of health-related superstition, pseudoscience, sensationalism, schemes, frauds, deception, and misperception. He has taught a wide variety of public health and health education courses. He is a co-host of Credential Watch (, associate editor of Consumer Health Digest, a free weekly e-newsletter available by subscription at, and a co-author of Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions, 8th edition ( He was also interviewed about Ayurvedic medicine for the PBS news program, “Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.”

Behjat A. Sharif
Professor of Health Science; Ph.D., C.H.E.S., Texas Women’s University
Contact: (323) 343-4747

Dr. Sharif’s expertise incorporates different facets of health education, including stress, drugs, health promotion/disease prevention and international health. A certified mediator and a certified divorce mediator, she also specializes in relationships of stress, interpersonal conflict, drug abuse and violent behavior, as well as health issues involving impoverished minorities, women and international students.

Fluent in: Farsi (Persian).

Walter Zelman
Professor and Director of Health Science; Ph.D., UCLA
Contact: (323) 343-4635

Dr. Zelman is an expert on California government and politics and health policy and markets, specifically on the uninsured, insurance and managed care, and health care