The Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration is one of the many programs offered by the highly ranked, accredited UIC School of Public Health. With more than a decade of online teaching experience, MPH in HPA faculty know how to help students make the most-and get the most-out of online learning. Our faculty possesses an in depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to develop policy and apply ethical standards to everyday situations.
Sherry E. Weingart
Sherry E. Weingart joined the faculty as a clinical assistant professor in the Division of Health Policy and Administration at UIC’s School of Public Health in 2008. She teaches public health administration, and policy and ethical dimensions of public health resources management. Ms. Weingart and Dr. Swartzman are co-authoring a forthcoming textbook on public health ethics. They have delivered presentations on these issues at professional conferences in Illinois and nationally. Ms. Weingart has worked at UIC since 2003, contributing to public health workforce development initiatives, as well as conducting health policy analyses and policy implementation projects in wide-ranging content areas.
An experienced public health practitioner, Ms. Weingart served for many years in senior planning and program administration capacities at the Cook County Department of Public Health, in Illinois. She is active as a consultant and as a volunteer in national, state and local public health professional organizations. She was among the women who started the Chicago Women’s AIDS Project more than twenty years ago, and remains Vice President of their Board of Directors.
Ms. Weingart earned her MPH in Health Resources Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health in 1980. Among her awards and recognitions is "Mentor of the Year”, awarded by the Student Assembly of the American Public Health Association in 2005.
Richard Sewell is a clinical assistant professor in the Division of Health Policy and Administration of the UIC School of Public Health. He has a long history of involvement in health and human services policy formulation, management and community affairs in the Chicago area. He was executive director of the health systems agency for suburban Cook County and DuPage County, founding president of the Suburban Primary Health Care Council, provider of the Access to Care Program, deputy commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health and executive director of the Chicago Health Policy Council at the University of Chicago. Mr. Sewell was also senior vice president of United Way in Chicago where he led the reform of the agency’s fund distribution system.
In addition, Mr. Sewell has directed the development of plans and policies for health which include “The Ambulatory Care System in Cook County” for the Cook County Board of Commissioners and “The Illinois Plan for Public Health Systems Change” for Public Health Futures Illinois (now the Illinois Public Health Institute). Currently he is principal investigator for the development of a regional plan for health as part of theGoTo 2040 Plan of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.
Furthermore, Mr. Sewell has served on the Chicago Board of Health and the Illinois State Board of Health. He is vice-chairman (and former chairman) of the board of directors of Chicago Neighborhood Health Centers, president of Illinois Action for Children, president of the Illinois Public Health Association, and vice-chairman (and former chairman) of the board of directors of Harborquest. He is also a board member of the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group and a member of Governor Patrick Quinn’s Taxpayer Action Board.
He received a Master of Public Health degree in Health Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University.
William C. Kling
William C. Kling is an attorney and public policy expert with over 20 years’ experience in the public and non-profit sectors. He currently has an appointment with the UIC School of Public Health, Health Policy and Administration division, where he teaches policy and leadership courses. Mr. Kling also serves as a senior research scientist for UIC, University of Illinois Extension, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Office of Sustainability. He received his BA degree in economics from the University of Colorado and his JD degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)-Chicago Kent College of Law with a Certificate in Environmental and Energy Law and Policy.
Throughout his career, Mr. Kling has provided advice and counsel to educational institutions, local governments and non-profit organizations. For the past several years, Mr. Kling has been engaged in public policy work in the areas of childhood obesity prevention, food systems, community preparedness and youth workforce development, including work on the 2007 Farm Bill. His action-oriented public policy work has been funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, the Otho S.A. Sprague Memorial Institute, and the Northeast Midwest Institute, among others. He has provided policy consultancy to the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, Illinois ResourceNet, the Institute for Community Resource Development, and the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group.
Mr. Kling is active in many professional development and community activities. He speaks and writes regularly on a variety of topics. Mr. Kling has been an adjunct professor of law at IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law for over 10 years, teaching a course he developed entitled “Legislative Advocacy.” He presently serves on The Central States SER Board of Directors, The Board of Trustees of the Illinois Council on Economic Education (ICEE), The Advisory Board for the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group,.and on the boards of the Sports is Education Foundation and the Illinois Interagency Nutrition Council (INC). He was one of five attorneys serving as counsel to Governor George Ryan’s Commission to Rewrite the Illinois School Code. He was also on Governor Rod Blagojevich’s Education Transition Team and chaired the Youth Violence Subcommittee. As a parent, he has also chaired his local Parent Teachers Association’s legislative committees for several years.