Senior Faculty Specialist , Behavioral and Community Health
Undergraduate Program Director and Advisor
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 2374
Phone: (301) 405-2523 |
Office Hours: 

By appointment only, via department’s website.


Jenny Hodgson serves as the Undergraduate Program Director and Advisor for the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. Working in this capacity since 2010, she appreciates the multifaceted nature of her role, collaborating on the logistics and development of the Community Health undergraduate program while advising future public health practitioners. She truly enjoys working with undergraduates to help them navigate their college experience to reach their goals.

As an alum from the department (B.S. and MPH), Jenny was thrilled at the opportunity to help shape the undergraduate experience for our students and share her enthusiasm for public health. Prior, she worked for a contract research organization, addressing patient issues in access to vaccines, and later was employed as a policy analyst contractor for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). At SAMHSA, she worked on many projects, including those surrounding the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, as well as privacy, confidentiality, and security issues related to health information technology. Jenny also has a specific interest in worksite health promotion, and had an opportunity develop an employee wellness program for one of her previous employers. Her capstone project for her MPH focused on encouraging the implementation of employee wellness programs to small and medium-sized companies without them. 

Jenny is proud to have been the recipient of the UMD Outstanding Academic Advisor Award in 2011 and the SPH Gloria Friedgen School Spirit Award in 2016.

The courses she has taught at UMD include HLTH106: Drug Use and Abuse; HLTH476: Death Education; and SPHL498M: Public Health in Practice.

Education and Training

MPH, University of Maryland, Department of Behavioral and Community Health

B.S. in Community Health, University of Maryland, Department of Behavioral and Community Health

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)


HLTH106: Drug Use and Abuse

HLTH476: Death Education

SPHL498M: Public Health in Practice 

Honors and Awards

UMD Outstanding Academic Advisor Award, 2011 

SPH Gloria Friedgen School Spirit Award, 2016