Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH (pictured)


Select Research Centers:

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. 

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Historical Highlights:

Below are some select highlights of milestones since our founding in 2007. 
You may also view an interactive historical timeline of the School of Public Health and its predecessor departments that begins in 1892!


Dr. Boris Lushniak, MD, MPH, is appointed dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Dr. Lushniak is a retired United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps rear admiral who served as the acting Surgeon General of the United States from July 17, 2013 to December 18, 2014 and as the Deputy Surgeon General from 2010 to 2013 and from 2014 to 2015 when Vivek Murthy assumed office as Surgeon General.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute for Food and Agriculture awards $10M to a multidisciplinary team, led by Dr. Amy R. Sapkota in the University of Maryland School of Public Health, to create the research center CONSERVE. This "Center of Excellence at the Nexus of Sustainable Water Reuse, Food, and Health" is dedicated to developing innovative, safe and sustainable ways to irrigate food crops in variable climates and effectively reduce the nation’s agricultural water challenges that are exacerbated by climate change.


The University of Maryland School of Public Health successfully completes the reaccreditation process and is CEPH-accredited through 2022.


Researchers from the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health publish the report: Potential Public Health Impacts of Natural Gas Development and Production in the Marcellus Shale in Western Maryland to inform the state of Maryland's decision on whether and how to allow fracking.
The Public Health Science undergraduate degree program expands to the College Park campus. The program began in 2009 at the Universities at Shady Grove with about 100 students, and quickly grew to over 1,000 when it opened in College Park.


First Annual Public Health Research @ Maryland Day launched to showcase complementary strengths and ongoing public health collaborations between the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) award the University of Maryland nearly $19M to create the University of Maryland Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (UMD TCORS), one of 14 centers nationwide that are part of a federally-funded program to provide the critical science base needed for the FDA to effectively regulate tobacco and protect public health. The School of Public Health's Dr. Pamela I. Clark is the principal investigator.


Jane E. Clark, PhD is appointed Dean of the School of Public Health
UMD School of Public Health publishes the report Transforming Health in Prince George's County: A Public Health Impact Study, commissioned by Prince George's County, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), the University of Maryland Medical System and Dimensions Healthcare System to inform the design of a new health care system in Prince George’s County.


Biostatistics and Risk Assessment Center created, led by Dr. Mei-Ling Ting Lee


Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH) grants School of Public Health full accreditation for five years
SPH recruits cluster of faculty researchers to form the Maryland Center for Health Equity under leadership of Dr. Stephen B. Thomas and Dr. Sandra C. Quinn.


The University of Maryland Prevention Research Center, led by Dr. Bradley Boekeloo, is created with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Center on Young Adult Health and Development, led by Dr. Amelia Arria, established with funding from the National Institutes of Health – National Institute on Drug Abuse.


School of Public Health officially launches, with Dr. Robert Gold as founding dean
Center for Health Literacy created and named after Herschel S. Horowitz*