Michael Reger

Michael Reger

Online Instructor
Email: reger0@purdue.edu 

Dr. Reger is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at Ferris State University’s College of Health Professions and limited-term lecturer at Purdue University. He is one of the five founding members of the learner-centered BSPH and MPH teaching program and MPH coordinator at Ferris State University.

Dr. Reger has been teaching face-to-face and online undergraduate and graduate level public health courses since 2014. His expertise is in Epidemiology with a special interest in the identification of factors that may assist in the alleviation of the disease burden resulting from chronic conditions. He is the 2017 recipient of Ferris State University Faculty Research Award and member of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health.

Dr. Reger has co-authored a total of over 2 dozen peer reviewed publications and conference presentations, including articles in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, International Journal of Cancer, and Journal of the American College of Nutrition. He also presented research findings at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting, and the Epidemiology Congress of the Americas Meeting.

Dr. Reger’s teaching philosophy is articulated around availability to students and approachability with the goal to assist students in being successful in his class.


PhD in Epidemiology, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indiana University, 2014

MPH in Epidemiology, Indiana University, 2009

BS in Health Science,  Purdue University, 2005

Research Interests:

  • modifiable risk factors
  • nutritional factors associated with increased or decreased risk of specific chronic conditions (cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer).
  • association between total and individual phytoestrogens and the risk of incidence and mortality of chronic conditions in the U.S. population