Highlights from the history and origins of the University of Maryland School of Public Health


  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute for Food and Agriculture awards $10M to a multidisciplinary team, led by Dr. Amy R. Sapkota in the University of Maryland School of Public Health, to create the research center CONSERVE. This "Center of Excellence at the Nexus of Sustainable Water Reuse, Food, and Health" is dedicated to developing innovative, safe and sustainable ways to irrigate food crops in variable climates and effectively reduce the nation’s agricultural water challenges that are exacerbated by climate change.


  • The University of Maryland School of Public Health successfully completes the reaccreditation process and is CEPH-accredited through 2022.



  • First Annual Public Health Research @ Maryland Day launched to showcase complementary strengths and ongoing public health collaborations between the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) award the University of Maryland nearly $19M to create the University of Maryland Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (UMD TCORS), one of 14 centers nationwide that are part of a federally-funded program to provide the critical science base needed for the FDA to effectively regulate tobacco and protect public health. The School of Public Health's Dr. Pamela I. Clark is the principal investigator.


  • Jane E. Clark, PhD is appointed Dean of the School of Public Health
  • Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signs the Maryland Health Improvement and Disparities Reductions Act, a bill that included recommendations from UMD School of Public Health experts and created Health Enterprise Zones to improve health in Maryland’s underserved areas.
  • UMD School of Public Health publishes the report Transforming Health in Prince George's County: A Public Health Impact Study, commissioned by Prince George's County, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), the University of Maryland Medical System and Dimensions Healthcare System to inform the design of a new health care system in Prince George’s County.


  • Biostatistics and Risk Assessment Center created, led by Dr. Mei-Ling Ting Lee


  • Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH) grants School of Public Health full accreditation for five years
  • SPH recruits cluster of faculty researchers to form the Maryland Center for Health Equity under leadership of Dr. Stephen B. Thomas and Dr. Sandra C. Quinn.



  • The University Senate approves the creation of the School of Public Health and new departments.
  • Additional concentrations in MPH and MHA accredited by CEPH
  • School of Public Health officially launches
  • Center for Health Literacy created and named after Herschel S. Horowitz*
  • Family Service Center changes its name to the Center for Healthy Families*


  • Creation of School of Public Health is approved by the University of Maryland Board of Regents
  • Departments of Health Services Administration, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health are created
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of Maryland created
  • Gliner Center for Humor Communication and Health formed


  • Initial consultation with CEPH (accrediting organization)
  • Center for Health Behavior Research formed


Planning for the creation of an accredited School of Public Health begins


The inaugural College Board of Visitors is formed


Dr. Robert S. Gold is appointed Dean


The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredits the MPH in Community Health Education


First Master of Public Health students graduate


  • The initial Master’s of Public Health degree is approved by the university
  • Seat Pleasant–University of Maryland health partnership is formed


  • The College of Physical Education, Recreation and Health becomes the College of Health and Human Performance
  • The three departments that make up the college include: Family Studies (now Family Science), Kinesiology and Public and Community Health (now Behavioral and Community Health).


  • Family Service Center launches*


  • The University of Maryland Center on Aging is founded
  • Department of Physical Education offers the first Kinesiology degree in the United States


The Department of Physical Culture expands to become the College of Physical Education, Recreation and Health


University of Maryland Gymkana troupe is established by Dr. David A. Field


Adele H. Stamp organizes the first Women’s Physical Education Club


First female students enroll in the University of Maryland


The Department of Physical Culture (predecessor to our Department of Kinesiology) is created


The University of Maryland is founded as the Maryland Agricultural College