Dr. Oscar Alleyne, Senior Advisor at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO): "Responding To Zika - An Epidemiologist’s Perspective" (September 2016)

Dr. Oscar Alleyne, Senior Advisor for the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHOPublic Health Program, presented, "Responding To Zika - An Epidemiologist’s Perspective," on September 22, 2016 as part of the School of Public Health Grand Rounds Lecture Series.

As an emerging public health emergency, adequate preparedness for Zika has proven difficult. To overcome these challenges, preparing for Zika requires a coordinated national response between local, state, and federal agencies and partners. Dr. Alleyne shared lessons learned from those on the front line in the fight against Zika and provided recommendations to equip the next generation of public health practitioners and enhance public health emergency preparedness and response.


Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer-prize winning science writer, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations: "Zike & the Collapse of Global Public Health" (October 2016)

Laurie Garrett, a Pulitzer-prize winning science writer and Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Forien Relations, presented, "Zika and the Collapse of Global Public Health," on October 17, 2016 as part of the School of Public Health Grand Rounds Lecture Series. The event was also sponsored by the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and the School of Public Policy.

Garrett's areas of expertise include global health systems, chronic and infectious diseases, and bioterrorism. She is the author of the bestselling book "The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance."

Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell: Intimate Partner Violence as a Public Health Problem (November 2016)

Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, is Anna D. Wolf Chair and Professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing with a joint appointment in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and National Program Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nurse Faculty Scholars program. The Department of Family Science invited Dr. Campbell fo the talk titled "Intimate Partner Violence as a Public Health Problem: Healing from Trauma as Secondary Prevention."


Dr. Michael Lu: Racial and Ethnic Disparities and the Life Course Perspective (March 2017)

Michael Lu, M.D., M.S., MPH, the Associate Administrator for maternal and child health at the Health Resources and Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services, gave a Grand Rounds lecture on racial and ethnic disparities and the life course perspective.



Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - NIH: "Zika Virus in the Americas, 2015-2017" (April 2017)

Dr. Fauci was the keynote speaker at the fifth annual Public Health Research @ Maryland event in April 2017 at the UMD Stamp Student Union. Watch his presentation: "Zika Virus in the Americas, 2015-2017




Dr. Regina Nuzzo, Gallaudet University Professor: "Problems with P-Values as Illustrated Through Stories about Sex" (April 2016)

Dr. Regina Nuzzo, professor in the Department of Science, Technology & Mathematics at Gallaudet University, presented: Problems with P-Values as Illustrated Through Stories about Sex: A discussion of contemporary issues behind statistical significance

P-values have been criticized since their first introduction nearly a century ago, and over the decades they’ve been increasingly misunderstood, misinterpreted, and misused by practitioners. Dr. Nuzzo provided a non-technical discussion on a few of these concerns about p-values, as illustrated through some of the more memorable recent findings in the scientific literature.

Dr. Lisa Simpson, President of AcademyHealth: "Achieving Equity - the Role of Health Services Research" (April 2016)

Dr. Lisa Simpson is the president and CEO of AcademyHealth, a health services research organization that studies how variables including social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and behavior affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and ultimately our health and well-being.

View video of her presentationAchieving Equity - the Role of Health Services Research.

Dr. Dean Schillinger: “Seeing The Bigger Picture in Diabetes Prevention - Early Results from a Youth-Oriented Public Health Literacy Campaign” (November 2015)

Dr. Dean Schillinger, professor in the UCSF School of Medicine, presented, “Seeing The Bigger Picture in Diabetes Prevention: Early Results from a Youth-Oriented Public Health Literacy Campaign” on November 4th, from 1:15-2:15 pm, as part of our School of Public Health Grand Rounds Lecture Series. His talk focused on "The Bigger Picture" campaign, a community-based project which engages youth from vulnerable communities to change the conversation about Type-2 Diabetes and address the social and environmental factors that have led to its spread, especially in their communities. Visit The Bigger Picture website.

Dr. Schillinger also served as a feature speaker at Public Health Research @ Maryland 2016. His presentation from PHRM 2016 on the innovative diabetes prevention campaign is available to view

Journalist Dan Fagin: "Connecting the Dots in Toms River and Beyond" (November 2015)

Science and environmental journalist Dan Fagin presented, "Connecting the Dots in Toms River and Beyond," about his Pulitzer prize-winning book Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation on Thursday, November 12 from 3-4 pm. View the recording of his presentation.

The story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms Rivermelds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, deep historical research and unforgettable characters into a sweeping narrative that weaves a complex tale of powerful industry, local politics, water rights, epidemiology, public health and cancer in a gripping, page-turning environmental thriller.

Dan Fagin is an associate professor and director of the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University.


PHRM 2015 Keynote Speaker:
Rita Colwell, "Climate, Infectious Disease & Human Health in an Era of Climate Change"

Distinguished University of Maryland Professor Dr. Rita Colwell presented the morning PHR@ MD keynote, which detailed her research linking cholera outbreaks to weather patterns. She and her team were the first to link global warming with a potential rise in cases of infectious disease. Introduction by Donald Milton, MD, DrPH, Director, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, UMD School of Public Health. Watch the presentation:



PHRM 2015 Keynote Speaker:
Georges C. Benjamin, "Becoming the Healthiest Nation"

Keynote speech by American Public Health Association Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin at Public HealthResearch@Maryland(link sends e-mail) 2015. He described how Americans are dying younger and at twice the health care cost than those in other wealthy nations, and detailed ways that public health can address health disparities and the many social determinants of health to achieve the status of the “healthiest nation in a generation.” He also detailed the success of the Affordable Care Act, the need for new health system models to better address prevention and coordinate care, and the role of public health in raising awareness and influencing policy changes needed to bring that new model to life. View the presentation:



Dr. Victoria Harden: "Responding to HIV/AIDS, The Pandemic of Our Time" (October 2014)

Former Director of the Office of NIH History and the Stetten Museum at the National Institutes of Health

Dr. Harden earned her B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in American History at Emory University, and conducted much of her dissertation research as a fellow at the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution. In 1989 and 1993 she organized conferences on the history of AIDS.  The proceedings were published as AIDS and the Historian (Government Printing Office, 1991) and AIDS and the Public Debate: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (IOS Press, 1995).  In June 2001, she launched a website commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the first publication about AIDS: In Their Own Words: NIH Researchers Recall the Early Years of AIDS. Her book titled AIDS at 30: A History (Potomac Books, Inc.) was published in January 2012.

Watch Dr. Harden's lecture"Responding to HIV/AIDS, The Pandemic of Our Time"

View Dr. Harden's slides: Harden's Powerpoint

Dr. Malcolm Potts: "Crisis in the Sahel: The Elephant in the Room" (September 2014)

Malcolm PottsProfessor of Public Health in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Dr. Potts is a Cambridge-trained obstetrician and reproductive scientist. He is a professor in Maternal and Child Health and the first and former (1992–2013) holder of the Fred H. Bixby Endowed Chair in Population and Family Planning in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and developed the Bixby Center with a team of young experts. For over a decade while he was the first Medical Director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, he introduced family planning methods into scores of developing countries. As CEO of Family Health International (FHI), he launched the first large scale studies of maternal mortality, which helped start the worldwide Safe Motherhood Initiative. He has published over ten books and 300 scientific papers. His current efforts focus on the OASIS (Organizing to Advance Solutions in the Sahel) Initiative, a global multidisciplinary partnership working on solutions to the increasingly complex problems in global health and development in the Sahel —the semi-arid zone stretching across sub-Saharan Africa from the Atlantic to the Red Sea.



Dr. Paula Braveman: "Shorter Lives, Poorer Health: The U.S. Health Disadvantage Relative to Other Affluent Countries" (April 2014)

Professor, Family and Community Medicine,
Director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Dr. Braveman has made major contributions on health disparities, health equity, and the social determinants of health, and has brought attention to these issues in the U.S. and internationally. During the 1990s she worked with World Health Organization staff to develop and implement a global initiative on equity in health and health care and collaborated with local, state, federal, and international health agencies to see rigorous research translated into practice. 

See Dr. Braveman's presentation slides: BravemanPresentation.pdf

Surgeon General David Satcher: "Building Leadership Teams to Address Critical Needs in Public Health" (April 2014)

16th Surgeon General of the United States

Surgeon General David Satcher presented a keynote lecture and discussion during Public Health Research Day (PHRM). Dr. David Satcher, MD, PhD was the 16th US Surgeon General and simultaneously served as the Assistant Secretary for Health from 1998 to 2001. While serving as the Surgeon General, Dr. Satcher issued reports on mental health, oral health, suicide prevention, tobacco and health, sexual health and responsible sexual behavior, youth violence prevention, and obesity; he was the first Surgeon General to focus on eliminating health disparities for all racial and ethnic groups. His past positions have included serving as the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Community Medicine and Family Practice at Morehouse School of Medicine, President of Meharry Medical College in Nashville Tennessee, and Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Watch Dr. Satcher's lecture "Building Leadership Teams to Address Critical Needs in Public Health."


 Surgeon General Richard Carmona: "The Future of Tobacco Control" (April 2014)

17th Surgeon General of the United States

Surgeon General Richard Carmona, M.D., MPH, FACS, presented a keynote lecture and discussion during Public Health Research Day (PHRM). During his tenure as the 17th Surgeon General, Dr. Carmona concentrated on shifting from a focus on treatment to prevention, eliminating disparities through increasing health literacy, increasing the country’s health preparedness, and implementing requirements for Surgeons General reports to include practical actions for implementation. He issued the definitive Surgeon General’s report about the dangers of second-hand smoke. Currently, Dr. Carmona is a professor at the University of Arizona College of Public Health,  vice chairman of Canyon Ranch in Tucson, CEO of Canyon Ranch’s health division, as well as the president of the non-profit Canyon Ranch Institute. 

Watch Dr. Carmona's Lecture "The Future of Tobacco Control."


Dr. Lori Melichar:  "Investing in Ideas: Creating a Culture of Health through Discovery, Exploration and Learning."  (March 2014)

Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

 Dr. Melichar is a labor economist and senior program officer in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Research and Evaluation Unit, currently serving as the interim team director of the Pioneer Portfolio, which seeks innovative projects that catalyze fundamental breakthroughs in health and health care. Since joining the Foundation, Melichar has managed several programs to help create a well-trained health care workforce and has engaged in the Foundation's efforts to advance the science of quality improvement (QI) research and evaluation. A common thread in Dr. Melichar's work with the Pioneer Portfolio is an interest in bringing in perspectives of other fields e.g., network analysis, engineering, data science, economics to address the challenges faced in health and health care.

Watch Dr. Melichar's lecture "Investing in Ideas: Creating a Culture of Health through Discovery, Exploration and Learning".

Dr. Scott Ratzan: "Inspiring Smart Choices" (October 2014)

Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs at Anheuser-Busch InBev

Dr. Ratzan has made major contributions to improve public health domestically and internationally as the Vice President of Global Health at Johnson & Johnson, Senior Technical Adviser in the Bureau for Global Health at the United States Agency for International Development, Executive Director of Health Communication Technology and Innovation at the Academy for Educational Development, and founder and director of the Emerson-Tufts Program in Health Communication. Dr. Ratzan maintains faculty appointments at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Tufts University School of Medicine, and The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

Watch Dr. Ratzen's Lecture "Inspiring Smart Choices."


Dr. Roberta Ness: "So You Think You Can Innovate?" (September 2013)

Dean, University of Texas School of Public Health

Dr. Ness is an internationally recognized expert in medicine and public health. She has been at the forefront of women's health research, being one of the first to propose the research paradigm now termed gender-based biology. In 325 peer-reviewed publications and over 20 federally funded grants, Dr. Ness has explored the epidemiology of ovarian cancer, preeclampsia, and pelvic inflammatory disease; adverse pregnancy and perinatal outcomes; links between reproductive history and cardiovascular disease; and bacterial sexually transmitted infections. 

See Dr. Ness's presentation slides:  NessPart1.pdf  NessPart2.pdf
View Dr. Ness's lecture: So You Think You Can Innovate?




Dr. Michael J. Klag: "Health Trends in the 21st Century" (April 2013)

Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Michael J. Klag is a world renowned kidney disease epidemiologist whose scientific contributions have been in the prevention and epidemiology of kidney disease, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Former Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine and  first Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, he instituted new policies and procedures for oversight of human subject research. As a researcher, Dr. Klag was one of the earliest investigators to apply epidemiologic methods to the study of kidney disease, and published landmark contributions about kidney disease's association with blood pressure, diabetes, race, socioeconomic status and other factors.  Other notable research has shown that health behaviors and other factors lead to the development of hypertension, and that differences in risk of hypertension in urban and non-urban societies can be explained by differences in health behaviors.

See Dr. Klag's presentation slides: Klag_Presentation.pdf



Dr. D.A. Henderson: "Smallpox: Death of a Disease" (April 2013)

Dean Emeritus and Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Professor of Public Health and Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh

Dr. D.A. Henderson, delivered the keynote lecture at the first annual Public Health Research at Maryland day. Dr. Henderson is a Distinguished Scholar at the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC and a Founding Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Bio-defense Strategies.  From November 2001 through April 2003, he served as the Director of the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and, later, as a Principal Science Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. He is a renowned epidemiologist who headed the international effort to erradicate smallpox.

Watch Dr. Henderson's Keynote “Smallpox: Death of a Disease." and forum on bioterrorism.


Dr. Michael Fraser: "Public Health Practice in a Time of Transformation and Change: The National Perspective" (March 2013)

Chief Executive Officer,  Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

Dr. Michael Fraser has been the Chief Executive Officer of the AMCHP since 2007. The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is a national resource, partner and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth and families, including those with special health care needs. AMCHP’s members come from the highest levels of state government and include directors of maternal and child health programs, directors of programs for children with special health care needs, and other public health leaders who work with and support state maternal and child health programs. 

Listen to Dr. Fraser’s lecture "Public Health Practice in a Time of Transformation and Change" and view photos from the event.




Dr. Lawrence O. Gostin, "The Supreme Court’s Historic Ruling on the Affordable Care Act:
 Economic Sustainability and Universal Coverage" (September 2012)

Professor of Global Health Law,  Georgetown University Law Center

Internationally acclaimed scholar Dr. Lawrence O. Gostin directs the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. In his lecture, Dr. Gostin discusses the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on the Affordable Care Act and the effort to make health care reform economically sustainable and to provide universal health coverage.

Listen to Dr. Gostin's lecture "The Supreme Court's Historic Ruling on the Affordable Care Act"



 Rear Admiral Penelope Slade Sawyer: "The National Prevention Strategy and Healthy People 2020" (April 2012)

 Rear Admiral, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 Rear Admiral Penelope Slade Sawyer spoke about the objectives and implementation of Healthy People 2020, a science-based, 10-year national agenda for improving the health of all Americans. 



Dr. Georges C. Benjamin: "The Future of Public Health: Refusing to Be Invisible" (February 2012)

Executive Director, American Public Health Association (APHA)

Dr. Georges C. Benjamin has been executive director of the American Public Health Association(APHA) since December 2002, and previous Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he oversaw the expansion and improvement in the states Medicaid program. Benjamin is board-certified in internal medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, Fellow Emeritus of the American College of Emergency Physicians and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health.

Watch Dr. Benjamin's lecture "The future of Public Health" and read more about Dr. Benjamin


Dr. Joshua Sharfstein: "Controlling the Cost of Health Care: Opportunities for Public Health Innovation" (October 2011)

Secretary, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for Maryland, provided a vision for the transformation of health care in Maryland.