Clara Richards MPH '17
Clara Richards wants young professionals to know that it’s okay to not have it all figured out. She’s experienced that herself and says it has made her stronger. She has dedicated herself to helping fellow millennials, who define themselves as creators and builders, to find community and create “...Read more
Duane J. Wallace II
Duane J. Wallace II earned both his bachelor's (Behavioral and Community Health) and master's degrees from the School of Public Health. Duane is now a project director at Shattuck & Associates, Inc., where he provides public health evaluation services to federal, state, local and grassroots...Read more
Daisy Le
Daisy Le PhD '16 is now a tenure-track assistant professor in the policy, populations and systems department at the George Washington University School of Nursing. She earned her dual master degrees in Asian American Studies (MA) and Public Health (MPH) from the University of California, Los...Read more
Clark Lee
Clark Johnson Lee, an MPH alumnus and current PhD candidate at the School of Public Health, is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic locally, in Montgomery County. Clark is an emergency preparedness consultant for the UMD Center for Health and Homeland Security, and works with the Montgomery County...Read more
Renee Ngozi Nwankwo
Renee Ngozi Nwankwo, a lieutenant in the U.S. Public Health Service, graduated in January 2020 with her Certificate in Global Health. Renee received her nursing degree from Bowie State University and was working as a bedside nurse at Washington Hosptial Center when she became discouraged with...Read more
Tori Plaine
Victory Plaine (Tori), a community health major, was chosen as the student commencement speaker for the December graduating class. She has excelled in all of her courses and remained on the Dean’s List while maintaining a full-time work schedule as a clincial consultant at Clinique. Tori hopes to...Read more
Alumni Profile: Heather Platter (PhD, Behavioral and Community Health ‘19)
Before coming to the University of Maryland, Dr. Heather Platter received her Bachelor's and Master of Science degrees in Family, Youth and Community Sciences from the University of Florida. As a doctoral student in behavioral and community health at the University of Maryland, she was a graduate...Read more
Brittany Chambers, an alumni of UMD's SPH.
Brittany Chambers graduated from the University of Maryland's School of Public Health in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in community health. She went on to earn her Master of Public Health degree at Drexel University's School of Public Health, where she co-authored two peer-reviewed...Read more
Marissa George
In one sentence, what is public health to you? Public Health means treating the health of populations rather than individuals, and it addresses multiple determinants that influence our health, including social, economic, and environmental conditions. What inspired you to study public health? I...Read more
Leeda Jewayni
*/ Leeda Jewayni graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health and minor in International Development and Conflict Management. Leeda is currently working with Blumont (formerly known as International Relief and Development [IRD])...Read more
Samantha Martocci
In one sentence, what is public health to you? To me, public health is ensuring that all individuals are able to achieve an optimal level of health by eradicating structural barriers. What inspired you to study public health? I was inspired to study public health after my first semester as a part...Read more
Karla Alvarado Granados
In one sentence, what is public health to you? To me, public health is the science involved in improving the health scare system through a focus on health education, health promotion, and disease prevention. What inspired you to study public health? I grew up in Costa Rica and Honduras, which are...Read more
Meaghan McHugh
Meaghan McHugh earned a PhD in Behavioral and Community Health at the University of Maryland's School of Public Health in the spring of 2018. She currently works as the Director of Healthy Athletes at Special Olympics International in Washington D.C. Before coming to the SPH, she worked with...Read more
Ben Bryer
In one sentence, what is public health to you? Public health is the push to eliminate health disparities within the complicated melting pot of people in our country What inspired you to study public health? I knew I was interested in social sciences and had had success in some hard sciences in high...Read more
Unnati Mehta
What was your major and what year did you graduate? I graduated from UMD in 2016 with a BS in Community Health. I completed a minor in International Development and Conflict Management and was also part of the Gemstone Honors Research Program in the UMD Honors College. My Gemstone team’s research...Read more
Kate Bosley
What is your major and what year did you/will you graduate? I am a Behavioral and Community Health major, planning to graduate in August 2018. In one sentence, what is public health to you? Public health is about strengthening populations by improving their health, and including everyone,...Read more
Japji Bindra
Japji Bindra earned the honor of serving as the winter 2017 student commencement speaker for the School of Public Health. Listen to her speech as part of the December 20 commencement ceremony . In one sentence, what is public health to you? For me, public health is a multi-facetted umbrella which...Read more
In one sentence, what is public health to you? For me, public health is a multi-facetted umbrella which works to prevent disease, benefit the environment, promote social justice, advocate for equity, and encourage overall healthy living. What inspired you to study public health? Initially, I didn’t...Read more
In one sentence, what is public health to you? Public health is empowering individuals and communities to take charge of their own health and working together to attain a high quality of life. What inspired you to study public health? I really like that public health focuses on prevention of...Read more
In one sentence, what is public health to you? Public health is partnering with communities and creating interventions that work to decrease the incidence of disease and injury. What inspired you to study public health? Public health allows me to work in the health field without practicing medicine...Read more

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