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Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center

Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center logoSTRENGTHENING THE PUBLIC HEALTH WORKFORCE

The University of Maryland School of Public Health (SPH) is partnering with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in its Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center (MAPHTC). Established in 2001, the MAPHTC is funded by the U.S. Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) to develop the public health workforce in the Mid-Atlantic region as a foundation for improving the infrastructure of the public health system and achieving the objectives of Healthy People 2020. Other collaborators include the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. These partnerships enable the MAPHTC to reach new audiences with trainings designed to meet specific workforce needs and to develop relevant training opportunities for graduate students.


Serving Maryland, Delaware and Washington, DC, the MAPHTC increases the availability of high-quality health care by appropriately preparing the region's health professionals and by increasing the diversity and cultural sensitivity of that workforce. Guided by our needs assessments, we provide a broad-based public health curriculum consisting of core public health competencies, the latest research and best practices on public health issues, and trainings that meet the needs of professionals serving unique populations. The MAPHTC has continued to expand its offerings to cover emerging public health issues while maintaining an emphasis on core public health functions and the ten essential public health services.


The UMD SPH will focus specifically on the public health workforce, including those employed by the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, HRSA, Food and Drug Administration, and others, including state and local health department staff, and non-traditional partners including the University of Maryland Extension. The UMD SPH will assess workforce development needs in partnership with relevant agencies, identify appropriate faculty members for programs, and deliver programs throughout the region. Additionally, the UMD SPH will work directly with specific federal agencies on the placement of students into public health internships.


Dr. Sandra Crouse Quinn, principal investigator, has primary responsibility for the MAPHTC at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. She serves as the school's associate dean for public health initiatives, senior associate director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity (a NIH-funded Research Center of Excellence in Minority Health Disparities), and professor in the Department of Family Science. She is also principal investigator for a NIH-funded Bioethics Research Infrastructure Initiative: Building Trust between Minorities and Researchers.

Dr. Dushanka Kleinman, co-investigator, is associate dean for research and professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Before coming to the University of Maryland, Dr. Kleinman completed 28 years of government service where she served as Deputy Director, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, NIH and Assistant Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps.

Joey DeMarco, project director, holds a MPH from Tulane University, and has created and managed health and professional development education programs, domestically and abroad, with various governments, NGOs, and the Peace Corps. In addition to day-to-day management, he will help develop, implement, and evaluate workforce development and public health practice programs for the MAPHTC.

University of Maryland School of Public Health,
a partner in the Mid Atlantic Training Center

School of Public Health
2242 SPH Building, #255
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Phone 301.405.5436
Fax 301.314.8397

Contact: Joey DeMarco, project director,

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