The Master of Public Health Advisory Committee  was formed by the University to assist in program planning and evaluation. The MPH Advisory Committee provides guidance for the curriculum and methods of continuous self- evaluation, as well as promoting “real world” Applied Practice Experiences and Integrative Learning Experiences such as capstone projects. The Committee’s nationally and internationally recognized members are a valuable resource in tracking and evaluating the career achievements of our graduates.

The Advisory Committee  members will recommend key contacts for teaching and experiential learning. As Salus graduates are placed in national and international public health systems, community-based project experiences can serve to position these graduates in critical need areas, and also allow the Committee  to gauge program effectiveness.

The Advisory Committee  symbolizes the University’s commitment to provide a program of the breadth and depth necessary to educate future public health practitioners. MPH Advisory Committee  members bring diverse backgrounds and experience in basic science, clinical medicine, research, admissions, institutional finance and evaluation.

The current MPH Advisory Committee members are:

James F. Cawley, MPH, PA-C

Professor and director, Physician Assistant/Master of Public Health program at the School of Public Health and Health Services, The George Washington University; professor, Department of Healthcare Sciences at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.   

  • Expertise: Dual degree programs in public health and physician assistant studies; research interests focus on the profession of physician assistant and on primary care and health work force policy.

John E. Crews, D.P.A.

Past senior researcher at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities; currently lead scientist in the CDC Vision Health Initiative, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Expertise: Programs to increase community participation, healthy living, and disease and injury prevention; public health aspects of disabilities, aging; epidemiology research; vision and rehabilitation public issues; public administration.

Andrea C.S. McCoy, MD

Associate professor of pediatrics, Temple University School of Medicine; chief medical officer, Jeanes Hospital; former medical director, Temple Pediatric Care at Temple University Children’s Medical Center (TUCMC).

  • Expertise: Pediatrics; medical hospital administration; community education; safety and assessment management.


Kovin Naidoo, OD, MPH, PhD

Global program director, International Center for Eye Care Education (ICEE); faculty member, University of KwaZulu Natal; co-chair, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), Africa.

  • Expertise: Community organization; prevention of blindness program development; public health education; health services research in vision and public health; organizational leadership.


Josephine Olutola (Ibironke) Owoeye, OD, MPH

Pediatric public health optometrist, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, The Wilmer Institute General Eye Service.

  • Expertise: public health ophthalmic research; clinical care; conducted study in “Parental Concern about Developmental Status and the Presence of Refractive Errors in Preschool Children: The Baltimore Pediatric Eye Disease Study.” 

Carol A. Silverman, PhD, MPH

Co-director and professor of Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program, City University of New York (CUNY) Health Sciences Doctoral Programs; professor, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, Graduate Center, CUNY. 

  • Expertise: Auditory deprivation, acoustic immittance and medical audiology; epidemiology of hearing disorders.


Jo Surpin, MA

President, Strategic Health Alliance Consulting Group of Collingswood, New Jersey; chairperson, Salus University Board of Trustees; also chairs the Salus Board’s Executive Committee.  

  • Expertise: Areas of reimbursement, strategic planning, and managed care strategies; outsourcing; gain sharing; physician incentive plans, and new service development for hospitals.


Jerry E. Vincent, OD, MPH

Blindness consultant, International Rescue Committee (IRC) Health Unit; past Burma Border Eye Programs manager; 

  • Expertise: Development, implementation and assessment of blindness prevention programs for refugee and displaced and war affected persons; epidemiologic experience with rapid assessment, prevalence surveys and case-comparison studies.


John Whitener, OD, MPH

Chief of staff, National Commission on Vision and Health, the American Optometry Association (AOA); past associate director for public health, AOA.

  • Expertise: Public health; organizational management; interdisciplinary relations; community services and program development