School at a Glance
Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH (pictured)
- Department of Behavioral and Community Health
- Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
- Department of Family Science
- Department of Health Policy and Management
- Department of Kinesiology
- Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health
Select Research Centers:
- Maryland Center for Health Equity
- Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy
- Prevention Research Center
Strategic Research Initiatives:
- Tobacco and Smoking Cessation
- Physical Activity and Obesity
- Health Disparities, Health Equity, Social and Environmental Justice
- Healthy Aging
- Health Literacy and Cultural Competence
- Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Programs
- Global Health and Climate Change
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Accreditation: The University of Maryland School of Public Health in College Park was reaccreditated by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in 2015. The University of Maryland School of Public Health was first accredited by CEPH in 2010.
• School of Public Health faculty, staff and students document why infant mortality rates in Maryland are highest for African American and rural infants, and prepare a report with recommendations to reduce these disparities for Maryland policymakers.
• Mission of Mercy: SPH partners for third time with Catholic Charities and Maryland State Dental Association to provide Free Dental, Wellness Services to More Than 1,000.
• The Maryland Center for Health Equity led a workgroup advancing Maryland's "Health in All Policies" approach. Recommendations from the workgroup included creating a Council, developing a toolkit with a reference guide and establishing data-sharing between state agencies, among others.
• The School of Public Health received the 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.
• The School of Public Health hosted a teach-in and national research summit focused on strategies to eliminate gun violence as a leading cause of injury and death.
• The School of Public Health awarded its highest honor, the Distinguished Terrapin Award, to four outstanding members of the SPH community. Each honoree (Dr. Barbara Alving; Dr. Richard Eberst, PhD ’77; Mr. Jeffrey Rivest ’75; and Col. Jimmie L. Slade) was selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their unique relationship to the School of Public Health.
• Kinesiology Assistant Professor Jennifer Roberts and Associate Professor Shannon Jette launched NatureRx @ UMD, an initiative that encourages students, faculty and staff to take advantage of the University of Maryland campus' status as an arboretum by getting outside to relieve stress and anxiety and benefit their overall health.
• More than 600 students, faculty, staff and community partners came together for the seventh annual Public Health Research @ Maryland day, headlined with a keynote by US Surgeon General Jerome Adams.
• The Support Advocacy, Freedom, and Empowerment (SAFE) Center for Human Trafficking Survivors became a part of the School of Public Health, to provide comprehensive legal, case management, mental health, primary medical and economic empowerment services to U.S. and foreign-born adult and child survivors of sex and labor trafficking. The center also engages in research and advocacy to help prevent trafficking and improve survivor services.
• An online platform to support LGBTQ youth and a chatbot app addressing vaccine misinformation both won the 2019 (second annual) Gold Public Health Innovation Award competition hosted by the School of Public Health.
• In the first study of public health-related Facebook advertising, newly published in the journal Vaccine, researchers at the University of Maryland, the George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University show that a small group of anti-vaccine ad buyers has successfully leveraged Facebook to reach targeted audiences and that the social media platform’s efforts to improve transparency have actually led to the removal of ads promoting vaccination and communicating scientific findings.
• Environmental Health Professor Don Milton publishes a groundbreaking study showing that the Flu May be Spread Just by Breathing. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study provides new evidence for the potential importance of airborne transmission because of the large quantities of infectious virus researchers found in the exhaled breath from people suffering from flu.
• The School of Public Health launches a new Global Health Initiative to engage in research, service and education activities aimed at imporving health across the globe.
• The Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE) is recognized by the American Public Health Association with its 2018 Health Equity Award for its work improving the health of Maryland residents.
• The University of Maryland receives $3 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Traineeship (NRT) program to establish a new graduate training and research program aimed at creating innovative and sustainable solutions for global food, energy and water systems.
• New research from Sandra Quinn— and colleagues at other institutions— finds that bots and Russian trolls influenced vaccine discussions on Twitter, spreading false information. The research, published in the American Journal of Public Health, examined thousands of tweets sent between July 2014 and September 2017.
• The School of Public Health launches the first annual Gold Public Health Innovation Award, intended to spark public health innovation, design thinking and solutions to big public health challenges.