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Sheila Simons

Professor and Advisor School Health and First Responder

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Areas of Expertise

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Health
  • Public Health

A specialist in the field of epidemiology and human diseases, Dr. Simons offers lectures/workshops on common infectious diseases, and the history and distribution of disease. Dr. Simons is also a trainer for Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). She is a former firefighter with LFPD Station 1 where she served as the station's first female lieutenant. During her tenure as a firefighter, Dr. Simons offered training on blood borne pathogens. Dr. Simons is also well versed in the field of biological, incendiary, nuclear, chemical, and explosions used in terrorism. Dr. Simons joined the Department of Health Studies Faculty in August of 1992.


  • B.S. Eastern Illinois University, 1991
  • M.S. Eastern Illinois University, 1992
  • Ph.D. Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, 2002


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Phone: 217-581-6207

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