Advancing a Better State of Health

Faculty and students in the University of Maryland School of Public Health are involved in a broad range of scientific endeavors that advance knowledge through basic and applied research aimed at understanding and enhancing health and well-being across the lifespan. With a strong emphasis on promoting health equity and justice, many of our programs involve community-based participatory research and translational investigations, leading to appropriate and timely dissemination of research findings into practice for the community, individuals and for health care settings.

Located at one of the nation’s leading public research universities, the University of Maryland School of Public Health offers a unique breadth of expertise to tackle complex public health issues through the disciplines of epidemiology, health systems, biostatistics, environmental health, health behavior, kinesiology and family science, as well as in collaboration with fields as varied as engineering, arts and humanities, business and public policy.

Among our many research initiatives, we are home to the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, the nation’s first academic center devoted to health literacy; the Center on Young Adult Health and Development, a leading NIH-funded center focused on understanding health risk behaviors among young adults; the Maryland Center for Health Equity (an NIH Center of Excellence); and the CDC-funded University of Maryland Prevention Research Center. We also are home to one of the nation's 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (UMD TCORS), that are part of a federally-funded program that is providing the critical science base needed for the FDA to effectively regulate tobacco and protect public health.

Research funding for the school in FY2014 totaled $14 million.

We are dedicated to:

  • Establishing the science base that is required to improve and promote the health of the public
  • Training the next generations of researchers through mentoring, providing student-oriented education, and offering opportunities for student participation in research activities
  • Working in interdisciplinary teams that include faculty and students with expertise in computer science, systems engineering, business and public policy to address the complex health issues that face our communities and nation.
  • Providing the expertise and tools to policy makers and educators to increase their ability to communicate sound principles for public health promotion.

 Our research areas include:

  • Maternal and child health, healthy families, aging
  • Health literacy, risk communication, health promotion across the lifespan
  • Physical activity, obesity, and public health policy
  • Health disparities
  • Epidemiology, public health informatics
  • Environmental health and environmental justice
  • Global Environmental Health and Climate Change
  • Tobacco and Smoking Cessation
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Our research is focused on making a difference for the health of the public in Maryland communities, the nation and globally.