Program Staff

Rebecca Malouin

Rebecca A. Malouin, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.



Dr. Rebecca Malouin serves as Director of the Master of Science in Global Health Program. She is also the Director of Research for the Institute for Global Health in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. Dr. Malouin is a health services researcher with a specific interest in the experience of care within primary care. Prior to joining Michigan State University, Dr. Malouin served as an epidemiologist in the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She also served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Niger. Dr. Malouin received her Ph.D. and M.P.H. in international health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also completed a M.S. in epidemiology from Michigan State University. Dr. Malouin oversees all aspects of the Master of Science and Graduate Certificate programs in global health. She also developed and leads OST 822 Introduction to Global Health Practice.

Stephanie Six

Stephanie Six, M.S.A.

Program Administrator/Program Advisor


Ms. Stephanie Six serves as the Global Health Studies Program Administrator and as a Program Advisor. Ms. Six has over 25 years of experience working in a variety of higher education roles, with the majority focusing on trade apprenticeship and medical preceptorship program coordination, research administration and human resource labor relations, and served for 12 years as a Clercal Technical Union representative. She earned both her B.S. in Administration and M.S. in Administration online from Central Michigan University and has extensive experience with distance learning from both an institutional and student perspective. Ms. Six has also been involved in several health education research projects related to primary care, including the administration of two US Department of Health & Human Services grants.

Wendi Winston

Wendi Winston, M.L.I.S.

Administrative Assistant/Program Advisor


Mrs. Wendi Winston serves as both the Administrative Assistant and a Program Advisor for Global Health Studies Program. Mrs. Winston has more than 20 years of customer service experience and has worked with students in higher education for over 10 years. Prior to joining the Global Health Studies Program, Mrs. Winston worked for the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Detroit campus since its inception in 2009. In addition to her job duties, Mrs. Winston has found ways to be an active voice at MSU. She had the honor of serving two terms as a member of the Women's Advisory Committee for Support Staff (WACSS), was a union representative for the Clerical Technical Union for 10 years and was the 2017 recipient of the Thomas and Concettina Gliozzo Clerical-Technical Recognition Award. Mrs. Winston earned both her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and her Master of Library Information degree from Wayne State University.

Jay Loftus

Jay Loftus, ED.d.

Curriculum Development Specialist


Jay Loftus serves as the Global Health Studies Curriculum Development Specialist. Prior to joining MSU, Jay worked as the Senior Instructional Designer and Coordinator of Digital Learning at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry – The University of Western Ontario. Jay has also taught courses in Educational Technology and Instructional Design with the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario, the Werklund School of Education – University of Calgary, and Red Deer College in Canada. Jay’s academic background is in the field of Educational Technology. Jay earned his Doctor of Education from the University of Calgary. His research interests are in the neurophysiological changes that occur during learning with technology, as well as the uses of technology to improve student and instructor engagement.

Mark Hodgins

Mark Hodgins, M.A., B.A.

Instructional System Designer


Mr. Mark Hodgins serves as an Instructional Technology Advisor within the Institute for Global Health (IGH). He is currently part of the team working on curriculum revisions for the Armed Forces College of Medicine in Egypt. Before acting as an advisor for IGH, Mr. Hodgins had spent 38 years providing instructional technology services to the four medical schools at Michigan State University. These services have included instructional television production, computer laboratory configuration and operation, instructional and administrative computer program development, and faculty development in the area of instructional design. He obtained his B.A. in Telecommunication and M.A. in Educational Psychology – Computer-Aided Instruction at MSU. He has traveled extensively around the world to attend Instructional Technology conferences as well as for pleasure. Destinations include British Columbia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Egypt, France, Germany, England, and Ireland.

Abe Wheeler

Abe Wheeler, M.L.I.S., M.T.S.



Mr. Abe Wheeler is an MSU Librarian and is designated as the Global Health Studies Program primary librarian. Mr. Wheeler obtained his Master in Library Science (MLIS) from the University of Pittsburgh and Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from Vanderbilt University. He has been a librarian for 15 years with 12 of those years working for MSU Libraries. Mr. Wheeler’s expertise lies in evidence-based practice, creating tractable research questions, data literacy, and advanced searching techniques.

Alyssa Maturen

Alyssa Maturen, M.Sc.

Social Media Clerical Aide


Alyssa Maturen serves as a Social Media Clerical Aide for the Master of Science in Global Health Program. She assists in maintaining the program Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. Alyssa graduated from Michigan State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, minoring in Cognitive Science. During her undergraduate studies, she participated in study abroad programs in Ireland and Iceland as well as volunteer programs in Costa Rica and Honduras.

Marissa Zhu

Marissa Zhu, B.A.

Curriculum Development Support Assistant


Ms. Zhu is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at MSU College of Education. She is currently part of the Web Accessibility team at the College of Education.In addition to her assistantship roles, Ms. Zhu is involved in the design and implementation of online professional development programs for MSU's Tanzania Partnership Program. Ms. Zhu's area of research focuses on culturally-inclusive teaching and learning practices in online environments.