Public & Community Health Faculty Info

Dr. Angela Geraci
Dr. Angela Geraci, PhD, MPH, CHES
Public and Community Health
Fax: 270.809.3815
about Angela

Hello, I am Dr. Angela Geraci. I am an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Health Sciences. As an individual, I believe those seeking a degree in the public health field need to garner an altruistic nature to help individuals, communities, and the broader areas (state, policy, global) in order to create change. I seek to create change by educating students in “real world” application and possible research projects. I also hold certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). I identify as a qualitative/mixed methods researcher. 


  • PhD. in Human Development, with an emphasis in Applied Gerontology, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • Master of Public Health (MPH), emphasis in Mental Health Promotion, National University, San Diego, CA
  • B.A. in Speech-language and Hearing Sciences, minor in Women’s Studies, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

Research Interests:

I have a passion regarding the public health field and the multidisciplinary aspect of it. Therefore, my research interests are broad as I have worked with both undergraduate and graduate students regarding topics spanning from caregivers’ perceptions of childhood obesity to nutrition and gastro-intestinal disorders, and depression, to program evaluation about self-care and stress among military personnel. 

The majority of my own personal research involves obesity and/or bariatric surgery and psychosocial issues, as well as investigating assisted living facilities in the state of California. However, as aforementioned, I am open to working with others on topics regarding their passion, as I also identify as a life-long learner.

Dr. Azaher A. Molla
Dr. Azaher A. Molla, MD, PhD, MPH, MSc
Public and Community Health
Fax: 270.809.3815
For more, please see my CV
about Azaher

Hello, I am an Assistant Professor of Public and Community Health in the Department of Applied Health Sciences.

Courses Taught at Murray State:

  • HIA 401: Healthcare Quality Management
  • HCA 415: Healthcare Financial Management
  • HCA 410: Healthcare Strategic Planning


  • The Oregon State University, PHD. (Public Health, concentration Health Policy)
  • The University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, MSc (Health Economics)
  • The Tulane University, Certificate (Tropical Epidemiology)
  • The University of Dhaka, PGDHE (Post Graduate Diploma in Health Economics)
  • The Mahidol University, MPH (Master of Primary Health Care Management)
  • The Zaporozhye State Medical University, Ukraine, MD (Doctor of Medicine)

Previous Teaching and Research:

  • Oregon State University, Research Analyst
  • University of Dhaka, Assistant and Associate Professor
  • Government of Bangladesh, Medical Research Officer

Professional Conference:

I have attended at professional conferences including Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), Sept 27, 2016, International Health Economics Association (iHEA) July 7-11, 2017, and American Public Health Association (A.P.H.A) Atlanta, GA, Nov. 4-11, 2017.

Journal Publications:

I have Published 12 articles in peer-reviewed journals with Impact factors 8.05 and 28 citations including 3 in high index journals.

Research Interest:

As a specialist in public health policy and health economics, I am interested in healthcare financial analysis for the county, community, and states. I firmly believe there is a way to manage health systems finance that would lessen the burden of out-of-pocket expenditure.

Dr. Miranda Terry
Dr. Miranda Terry, PhD
Program Director
Public and Community Health
Fax: 270.809.3815
about Miranda
 Hello, I am Dr. Miranda Sue Terry. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Health Sciences and am the Public and Community Health Program Director. As a public and community health professional, I believe in being highly connected and involved in the community. This allows me to be an agent of change to create a better, safer, and healthier community for all.    


• PhD in Community Health, Specialization in Disability Studies, minor in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
• M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
• B.A. in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL

Research Interests:

My research interests are diverse spanning Disability Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies, and include accessibility, the intersections of abuse, disability, and health, parental rights of people with disabilities, and policy research. My overall research objective is to improve the rights and lives of people with disabilities.